Nigerians have taken to social media to celebrate the appointment of Okonjo Iweala as the director-general of the World Trade Organization.
Okonjo Iweala was finally appointed after initial opposition by the United States of America when Donald Trump was still president.
Immediately the news of her appointment broke, Nigerians quickly seized the opportunity to praise her and those responsible for the appointment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been confirmed on Monday, February 15, as the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
A brief statement by the WTO via its official Twitter page indicates that the General Council held a special meeting on Monday to finalise the appointment.
Okonjo-Iweala had emerged as the last-standing candidate vying for the top position following the withdrawal of her remaining major contender and South Korean trade minister.
In another report, Okonjo-Iweala was named Forbes' Africa person of 2020. This was announced by the international magazine on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
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).
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that despite the refusal of President Trump's administration to endorse the candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation job, the former Nigerian finance minister has gotten her wish.
Specifically, the administration of Joe Biden’s has on Friday, January 5, offered its “strong support” for her bid.
Recall that Trump had refused to endorse her despite backing by many other countries.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.