Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named the 2020 African of the Year, becoming the first woman to win this award. The award honours leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy. Okonjo-Iweala was said to have expressed her delight at the recognition and dedicated the award to Africans facing the health and socio-economic challenges of Covid-19 during a very difficult year. Okonjo-Iweala is on the brink of yet another first, as a finalist to the top post as the seventh Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a position which will make her the first African and the first woman to lead the prestigious trade body. Okonjo-Iweala emerged the overwhelming choice of WTO member-countries, following a keenly contested race in which she received the majority support of the 164 member countries. The award comes as Interpol has warned of organised crime during the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, including fake vaccines and the theft of supplies.
This Day, 2 December 2020
Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and leading candidate in the race for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been announced as the… Read more »
Premium Times, 2 December 2020
The award seeks to honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy. Read more »
The Conversation Africa, 26 November 2020
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This Day, 3 December 2020
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Okonjo-Iweala named Forbes Africa of The Year 2020.