MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the Nobel Peace Prize winners went to school in Madison.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of the African nation of Liberia. She was awarded the peace prize Friday, along with another Liberian peace activist and a democracy activist from Yemen.

Johnson Sirleaf’s biography on her government website says she studied at the now-defunct Madison Business College. She went on to get a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 1971.

The 72-year-old Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first democratically elected female leader in 2005. The Nobel committee cited her efforts to secure peace in Liberia, promote economic development and strengthen the position of women.

She told The Associated Press in 2005 she swept floors and waited tables at a drugstore restaurant in Madison while attending school.

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