History of the MEF

History of the MEF

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The Millennium Excellence Foundation was founded in 1998, and hosted its maiden Prize ceremony on the eve of the Millennium 2000. Founded by Ashim Morton, a great grandson of HRM Otumfuo Prempeh I, Asantehene and father of Dr. Titus Aruna Morton.

The Founder, an Architect by profession and Entrepreneur, returned to Ghana after several years in the United States to give his quota to the development of his nation. As a witness to the constant negative outlook and poor governance stories coming out of the African Continent daily, Ashim Morton made it a decision to tell the successful enterprises and highlight individuals who were selflessly bringing about change in Ghana.

The Millennium Excellence Awards was hosted once every five years and recognized about 20 institutions and individuals for their contribution to national development. The Awards ceremonies were privately funded by corporates and individuals who believed in Ashim’s vision.

After a remarkable run of 10 years of research and nominations, the Founder decided with the blessing of the Life Patron to take the vision Continental wide. The Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize is hosted every two years in a different African country with the same vision to recognize excellence in Leadership, Governance and Entrepreneurship.

A research Team provides potential nominees to the Board of distinguished Governors who make the final nomination of a Prize Laureate.

The Board of the Millennium Excellence Foundation have henceforth agreed to focus on three sectors in Ghana and for the Africa Continent. The Foundations’ Executive Team, will offer services and implementation of Research and Development, Advisory, Consultancy, Training, Local and Regional Forums and B2B in the sectors of attention.

The LAAP will be hosted on an annual basis and there will be Forums and Seminars by global Leaders in these sectors.
According to Gallup World, in 2013, the 10 countries with the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty were all in sub-Saharan Africa. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region in 2010.