The outgoing Namibian President Hifike-punye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership, according to the BBC.
The $5m award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.
But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed.
Pohamba, a former rebel who fought for his country’s independence, has served two terms as Namibian president.
He was first elected in 2004, and again in 2009.
He is due to be succeeded by President-elect, Hage Geingob.