Every year the Today programme hands over the editorship to leading public figures in the week between Christmas and New Year. Editing the programme on 27 December was African businessman and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim.
His programme looks at African success stories and debates why so many of the continent's problems have yet to be solved.
MO IBRAHIM'S PROGRAMME
In 2007, Dr Ibrahim established the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, awarded to an African leader who governs well in terms of delivering security, health, education and economic development for their people, and who then also democratically transfer power to their successors.
For two successive years, 2009 and 2010, the prize was not awarded, but this year went to Pedro Verona Pires, the former president of Cape Verde, a 10 island republic just off the continent's western coast.
Mo Ibrahim made his name and fortune by helping to grow Africa's mobile communications industry. And nowhere in the world has the mobile phone quite caught the public imagination nor, arguably, improved the quality of life of people, than in Africa.
Just over 10 years ago it cost $1500 for a mobile phone sim card. Now it is predicted that half of Africa's one billion people has a mobile phone.
Our guest editor is frustrated by the lack of trade between African nations and believes that it inhibits growth on the continent.
He asked Today presenter Evan Davis to explore the barriers to greater freedom of movement, people and goods on the continent. Could greater regional economic integration alleviate some of Africa's problems?
Born in Sudan and educated in Egypt and England, Mo Ibrahim's entrepreneurship in mobile communications has made him a billionaire.
Celtel International, which he sold for more than three billion dollars in 2005, provided a mobile phone network for 14 African countries.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which he created in 2006, encourages better governance and leadership in Africa.
Its initiatives include The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, recently awarded to President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, and the Ibrahim Index of African governance, currently topped by Mauritius.
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