How well do you know Dr. Okonjo Iweala?

25 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT NGOZI OKONJO IWEAL

  1. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, one of the most efamous Nigerians
  2. Born on 13th June 1954,
  3. Hailed from Ogwashi-Ukwu
  4. She is an Igbo and the daughter of Professor Chukwuka Ogonjo, who was the King known as Eze hailing from the Umuobi Royal Family.
  5. Ngozi attended International School, Ibadan and then proceeded to Harvard University, where she completed her studies with high grades in 1977.
  6. In 1981, she completed her doctorate in regional economic development at Massachusetts University of Technology.
  7. Married to Ikemba Iweala
  8. An international development expert and economist
  9. In 2003, she was appointed the Finance Minister in the Nigerian cabinet by President Obasanjo.
  10. Under her leadership as finance minister, the country closed a deal with the Paris Club and convinced it to pay close to $12 million to the country, a part of the money that it owed to Nigeria, in the year 2005
  11. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
  12. Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award
  13. She built an electronic financial management platform which helped in eliminating many ghost workers in the system; thereby saving Nigerian government huge sum of money, with support from World Bank and IMF.
  14. Spearheaded the negotiation that closed a deal with the Paris Club wiping out US$30billion Nigerian’s debt.
  15. Empowered Nigeria’s women through the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria Program (GWIN).
  16. She was instrumental in boosting Nigeria’s credit rating from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s.
  17. Empowered Nigeria’s youth through Youth Enterprise with Innovation Program (YouWIN). The program support entrepreneurs that create jobs for Nigerians.
  18. She is the first female Finance Minister and the first female Foreign Affairs Minister in Nigeria.
  19. The first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency of World Bank Group in 2012.
  20. She held the post of Corporate Secretary and Vice President of the world bank
  21. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala was the Minister of Finance under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration .
  22. In the year 2007, she was appointed as a Managing Director of World Bank Group. As the Managing Director, she led several World Bank initiatives to assist low-income countries during food and financial crises.
  23. Later in 2011, during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, she was reappointed as Finance Minister with expanded portfolio of the coordinating Minister of the Economy.
  24. Special Envoy to Mobilise International Economic Support for Continental Fight Against COVID-19 since 2020
  25. Dr Okonjo-Iweala has been listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (Fortune, 2015), the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World (TIME, 2014), the Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy, 2011 and 2012), the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Forbes, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), the Top 3 Most Powerful Women in Africa (Forbes, 2012), the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Africa (Forbes, 2011), the Top 100 Women in the World (The Guardian, 2011), the Top 150 Women in the World (Newsweek, 2011), and the Top 100 most inspiring people in the World Delivering for Girls and Women (Women Deliver, 2011).
DR.NGOZI OKONJO IWEALA

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