Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the Nigerian born economist, international development expert and former minister of Finance, has been named Forbes Africa Person Of The Year 2020.
Ngozi is now included in the list of eminent Africans to have received the award.
The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…
Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica pic.twitter.com/hlcCDHEMx2
— Forbes Africa (@forbesafrica) December 1, 2020
In 2011, Sanusi became the first Nigerian to won the award.
In 2013, and 2019, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, won the award for his outstanding work at the bank and a sterling career in agriculture and finance.
Also, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala becomes first Nigerian female to won the award.
Reacting to the news, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala pledged to deploy her energies at the World Trade Organization for Africa and the world.
“It is a great honour to serve Africa in different capacities. I look forward to deploying my energies at the WTO for Africa and the world,” she said.
Who is Ngozi Okonjo Iweala?
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who was born on 13th June 1954 is a Nigerian born economist.
She went to Harvard University in 1973 and graduated with Magna Cum Laude in Economics.
She furthered her education as she earned her PhD in regional Economics and development from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT).
Ngozi has served as Nigeria’s minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Well, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala us happily married to Dr Ikemba Iweala who is a neurosurgeon.
And their marriage is blessed with four wonderful children.