Ahmadiyya Peace Prize

Brief History

 

Islam focuses on securing peace in every sphere of human activity. It encourages all to promote education, respect and tolerance, improve social and interfaith harmony, support charitable causes and serve humanity regardless of race, creed or colour.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is dedicated to establish peace at all levels and to protect the basic human rights of all. In light of this it is keen to recognise efforts made by anyone to advance the cause of peace.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace is therefore awarded in recognition of an individual’s or an organisation’s contribution for the advancement of the cause of peace.

The prize was launched at the 2009 UK Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention), by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The award comprised a trophy together with a certificate and a monetary prize.

 

Ahmadiyya Peace Prize Africa Winner 2018

John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan is a Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Abuja since 1994 and was made a Cardinal in 2012. He has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Ilorin.

In Nov. 1982 and at the age of 38, Pope Saint John Paull II appointed Cardinal John the Auxiliary Bishop of Ilorin and ordained him in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome in Jan. 6th 1983. By this appointment and episcopal ordination, he thus became the second youngest Bishop in Nigeria after Cardinal Arinze. October 1984 Cardinal John was appointed Residential Bishop of Ilorin. Six years later, Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal Onaiyekan the Co-Adjutor Bishop of the newly created Federal Capital Territory Abuja Nigeria in July 1990. As the Coadjutor Bishop of Abuja, Onaiyekan remained the Apostolic Administrator of Ilorin Diocese until 1992 when he became Bishop of Abuja following the retirement of his Predecessor Dominic Cardinal Ekandem. Two years later (in March 1994) when Abuja Diocese was elevated to the status of Archdiocese, Bishop Onaiyekan became the first Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese.

In December 18th, 2001, His Eminence was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by then Nigerian President – Olusegun Obasanjo. He also received Grande Ufficiale (1 Classe): Ordinedella Stella della Solidarieta Italiana by President Carlo A. Ciampi of Italy. In Oct., 2012 PAX CHRISTI International gave him a Peace Award in Brussels and in that same year was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize in recognition of his work in promoting religious harmony, peace and justice in Africa.

Among Cardinal Onaiyekan’s published works are materials on Church – State relationship, interfaith dialogue in Africa, theology and praxis and fundamentals of biblical theology, Seeking for Common GroundsInter-Religious Dialogue in Africa, 2013. etc. He also has strong traits in social activism. Onaiyekan incarnates in himself the courageous and austere lifestyle of St. John the Baptist and the sublime theological countenance of St. John the Evangelist, qualities which made him a radical but gentle churchman.