- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's ex-minister of finance, is now the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow
- The John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University named the former minister next fellow
- Former Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos and ex-secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon are former fellows
Nigeria's former minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow by the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Legit.ng gathers that the disclosure was made by Harvard Kennedy School's director of media relations, James F Smith.
Okonjo-Iweala was preceded by the ex-president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, former secretary-general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, ex-president of Finland Tarja Halonen, and former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon.
The dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf, said Okonjo-Iweala will bring to the school a wealth of practical experience and insights into the development challenges and achievements in Africa and across the developing world.
Nigerians have reacted to the development. A Facebook user identified as Abaelu Ike-Anthony Junior said he wished the political class would let the former minister emerge as the first female president in Nigeria so she could fix the country.
He said: "I know with you as the next president I can boldly close my eyes and tell my fellow Nigerians welcome to the real world of competitive Nations in-terms of delivering the dividend of Democracy."
Carl Benz said: "Congratulations to the proverbial prophet that is honoured by outsiders. May our present leaders be humble enough to make good use of the treasure the whole world sees in you! I'm a proud Nigerian!"
Engr Gladys Oby Arisa said: "No boasting, no noise making, no propaganda! You did your work as Finance Minister silently and today your work speaks for you. Congratulations Ma. We are proud of your achievements!"
Athuja Abbah said: "My hearty congratulations to you. Keep soaring higher, you deserve every bit of it."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Okonjo-Iweala on Monday, November 11, said she talks with young people if she feels depressed.
Okonjo-Iweala, who is a renowned economist, made the disclosure at an event organised by the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Abuja.
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