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Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history

This morning, history was made as the World Trade Organization welcomed its first woman and first African Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

She sits on the boards of Standard Chartered BankTwitterGlobal Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).

Previously, Okonjo-Iweala spent a 25-year career at the World Bank as a development economist, scaling the ranks to the number two position of managing director, operations (2007–2011). She also served two terms as finance minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015) under President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively. She was the first woman to serve as the country’s finance minister, the first woman to serve in that office twice, and the only finance minister to have served under two different presidents. In 2005, Euromoney named her global finance minister of the year. source: Wikipedia

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation

It is a great day indeed in Africa as boundaries have been broken. She will forever be an inspiration to many Africans and women.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poised to become first woman to lead WTO | Gender  Equity News | Al Jazeera

We wish her all the best on her new journey. You have made us proud, African woman!

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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