Honesty Oscars 2014: Best Activist in a Leading Role

This week before the Academy Awards, February 24 to 28, ONE and Accountability Lab will unveil a category for our Honesty Oscars 2014, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. Vote for your favorites, and we’ll announce the winners on Oscar night, Sunday, March 2. 

Today, we unveil the second category in ONE and Accountability Lab’s Honesty Oscars (see the first category here): Best Activist in a Leading Role. Like the Academy Awards’ “Best Actor in a Leading Role,” this category honors an individual who has shown incredible leadership in the fight against global corruption. Scroll through the five nominees, then vote for your favorite in the form below. Voting for this category closes Sunday, March 2, 6PM ET. 

Category #2: Activist in a Leading Role

1. John Githongo

Githongo took on corruption in Kenya with great danger to his own life and has never looked back. Learn more about his journey here, and check him out on Twitter.

2. Aruna Roy

Roy is a tireless Right to Information campaigner in India. Learn more about her journey with these great resources.

3. Gregory Ngbwa Mintsa

Ngbwa has fought the embezzlement of public funds in Gabon and was a winner of Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Heros in 2010.

4. Sely Martini

Martini is a mother of two, and deputy director of Indonesia’s anti-corruption watchdog. Sely says mothers and young people are the best hope to rise above the legacy of graft.

5. Xu Zhiyong

Zhiyong is the Founder and Icon of the New Citizens Movement in China. Xu was sentenced to four years in prison in January 2014 for dissent that included support of asset disclosure laws.

Voting for this category is now closed.

Did we forget your favorite? Add it in the comments below! Come back tomorrow to check out the next set of nominees. 

About the Accountability Lab: We are an independent, project-driven “for purpose” organization that engages civil society to develop unique innovations that help hold governments accountable. The Lab currently works with citizens in Liberia and Nepal, but is inspired by the creative efforts of people and organizations around the world in the quest to share information that helps create more accountable societies.