In 2013, the two clergymen James Wuye and Mohammed Ashafa were honoured with the German Africa Award for their tireless commitment with the aim of achieving inter-religious peace in Nigeria and beyond. The Award was awarded on 12 December 2013 in the premises of the German Development Bank KfW.
“The two award winners are not only honoured for a particular peace policy feat or for many small practical steps towards peace, but also for the commendable and encouraging example of the fact that deepest mistrust and hateful religious claims to absoluteness must not have the last word. […] James Wuye and Mohammed Ashafa are bearers of hope. They teach us how peace and trust can arise from violence and hatred even in a tense situation that seems hopeless”, praised the Jury President of the German Africa Award, Dr h. c. Volker Faigle praised the prize winners Pastor Dr James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa.
Also, in the speeches of Bruno Wenn, Spokesman of the Management of the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklunsgesellschaft mbH, Hartwig Fischer, President of the German Africa Foundation and Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria, the untiring commitment of the two clergymen for the achievement of an inter-religious peace in Nigeria was emphasised. The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, then presented the award.
After the award ceremony, Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye discussed with the moderator Tina Gerhäusser about their personal past, the lessons they both learned and their current work. They drew a detailed picture of the current political situation in Nigeria, but also addressed the challenges of future German-African cooperation.