Okonjo-Iweala named Forbes Africa person of 2020

Okonjo-Iweala named Forbes Africa person of 2020

- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has gotten another major international recognition

- Iweala on Tuesday, December 1, was honoured as Forbes Africa person of 2020

- The former finance minister reacted with joy and thrill over the accolade which has also been given to some top African personalities

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A former minister of finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also eyeing the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been named Forbes' Africa person of 2020.

The honour given to Okonjo-Iweala was revealed in a tweet by the international magazine on Tuesday, December 1.

Reacting to the development, the former Nigerian minister noted that she was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of her African brothers like Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda and Akinwunmi Adesina, the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Okonjo-Iweala named Forbes Africa Person of 2020
Okonjo-Iweala was on Tuesday, December 1, named as Forbes Africa Person of the year 2020 (Photo: WTO)
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She tweeted:

"Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica -CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina.
"This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!"

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Meanwhile, Okonjo-Iweala had the best shot at getting a consensus, according to the World Trade Organisation.

In a tweet on Wednesday, October 28, the WTO said results of the consultations to appoint the next DG was out.

The head of delegates had a meeting in Geneva and it was announced that consultations on the way forward will begin as soon as possible.

WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said:

“The candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership was Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way forward would start immediately."

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