Priyanka Chopra: Celebrated Indian actress excited as she meets Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Priyanka Chopra: Celebrated Indian actress excited as she meets Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Celebrated Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has showered encomium on Nigeria's former minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after meeting with the latter.

Chopra, who won the Miss World 2000 pageant, said Nigeria's former minister is really engaged in God's work by chairing a public-private global health partnership that has helped to immunise more than 760 million children.

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries, its board is chaired by Okonjo-Iweala.

The public-private global health partnership was founded in January 2000 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Okonjo-Iweala said she would contest for the post of World Bank’s president once again.

Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this in an interview with Richard Quest on Thursday, January 24.

In the interview, she said if she was nominated for the job at World Bank and she is up to it, she would do it.

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She said: "I know that, because I contested the last time in 2012, and many people were asking that question. It is a shareholder’s decision and they have to decide how they want it. Someone has to nominate.

“If the right person were to nominate, and if the circumstances are right and people feel I can do the job, yes!”

The former minister, however, said no when asked if she had publicly declared her candidacy.

She said: "No I have not declared my candidacy, you asked a hypothetical question and I answered it fairly. I’m very happy right now, and I just want you to know that I’m enjoying life for a change for a portfolio of what I like.”

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In other news, award-winning Nigerian filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu was chosen to direct the first two episodes of HBO Max's Americanah.

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Americanah will premiere on HBO Max, the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service that will be launched soon.

The series is based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel, Americanah.

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said HBO is thrilled to have Chukwu direct the first two episodes of Americanah.

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