The Golden Image Award is in Honor of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, whose leadership quality is a manifestation of the following thoughts: “Leadership is an action, not a position.” This is more than apparent throughout Africa. Though many seek the position, few provide the action. “Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”
Every year, the GIA is held in her honor as the face/image. This is because of her bold and courageous role played in Liberia's political struggles and relentless campaign against bad governance. Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf being the image behind the Award is in no uncertain term a mistake considering the tremendous contributions she has made in fostering democratic values and social justice in Liberia and around the world, especially on the African continent. In addition to her immense contribution to humanity, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an international icon, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a leading promoter of peace, justice, and democracy in Africa. As the first female president of Africa, the Liberian leader is witty, strong, determined and imbued with personal integrity and commitment to ethical reform for the people of Liberia. She veiled amongst six (6) women in the world. In addition, President Sirleaf has been vetted amongst six (6) women in the World as prominent women.