Your Excellency, President Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. Your Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan Prime Minister of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. Your Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your Excellency Pedro Pires, former President of Cape Verde. The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank, Your Excellency Alexander Chikwanda. President Donald Kaberuka - my predecessor, mentor and friend. My dear wife, Grace, the rock of our home. Dr. Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala, former Minister of Finance of Nigeria, who campaigned tirelessly for my election. Grande chancelière Madame Henriette Dagri Diabaté. And my dear friend, Amadou Ba, Minister of Finance of Senegal.
The prestigious U.S.$250,000 prize is given annually to a person who has worked to advance human development by "improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world".
Also, from home, I warmly welcome my friends, family, and Your Excellencies the Executive Governors of Kano State, Taraba State, and Sokoto State from Nigeria, distinguished Senators and honourable members of the Nigerian National Assembly.
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