Meet Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – The New African woman Who is taking charge of the WTO

Meet Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – The New African woman Who is taking charge of the WTO

Meet Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – The New African woman Who is taking charge of the WTO. See Her Biography and life’s history

Meet Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – The New African woman Who is taking charge of the WTO
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala New WTO chief

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is now the new chief of the World Trade Organization, becoming the first woman to ever lead the Switzerland-based institution and the first African citizen to take on the role.

Nigeria born, Okonjo-Iweala graduated from Harvard University in 1976 and then earned a PhD from MIT. She then became the first woman to take on the Nigerian finance ministry and the foreign ministry too. She was also the first female to run for the World Bank presidency, where she spent 25 years.

In October, her WTO candidacy was supported by all geographic regions at the trade body apart from the United States, where the then-Trump administration said it would continue backing the Korean candidate. However, Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment was cleared when President Joe Biden announced a few days ago his support for the 66-year old.

She was raised by her grandmother because her parents were studying abroad, when she was finally reunited with them…she held on tight!She always wanted her father’s attention and this need for attention led to a “COINCIDENCE” that changed her life!Her father was a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, a mathematical economist who was working on a paper and didn’t want any disturbance but the young girl needed her father’s attention…So he picked a book off his shelf and gave his daughter to read the 1st chapter that he would ask questions later and she happily ran off to read it, happy she got her father’s attention…The book turned out to be a book in “ECONOMICS”, it was boring and she didn’t enjoy it but she still read it and promised herself NEVER to read “ECONOMICS”- COINCIDENCE 1

-A few years later at the age of 18, she had already passed her entrance exams to Cambridge and Harvard with Cambridge being her main choice…She wanted Cambridge because she wanted to study “GEOGRAPHY” and her godmother was lobbying for her to come to Cambridge but something happened, her mother had just gained admission to Boston to do her Ph.D. and as a young teenager, it was better to stay with her mum.She had to go to “HARVARD” which is in Boston to stay close to her mum.You can call this “- COINCIDENCE 2 -” as we’re trying to create a pattern.On getting to Harvard, they didn’t offer her core subject “GEOGRAPHY” and the only subject close to it that could satisfy her curiosity was “ECONOMICS”So she studied “ECONOMICS”, a subject she swore never to read in a school that was never her first choice…- COINCIDENCE 3 -Forbes called her the “Accidental Economist” but I don’t see it as “Accidental” or “Coincidence”, it was God pushing her towards her destiny of greatness…Thanks to Economics- Former MD World Bank- First Female Finance Minister- Euromoney Global Finance Minister And now she became the “WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE AND FIRST AFRICAN DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION”TRAIN THE GIRL CHILD!!!

Sleeping on the floor

Okonjo-Iweala has said she can take hardship, having experienced Nigeria’s brutal civil war during her teenage years, during which her family reportedly lost all their savings.

“I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime,” she told the BBC in an interview in 2012.

When serving as Nigeria’s finance minister, kidnappers demanded Okonjo-Iweala resign after taking her mother hostage. She refused to comply and they ended up releasing her mother a few days later, the BBC reported.

She has also been involved in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, being the African Union’s special envoy on the matter. Okonjo-Iweala has been a board member of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — a public-private health partnership immunizing people in poorer countries.


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