It is done! Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala finally speaks on her WTO appointment

It is done! Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala finally speaks on her WTO appointment

- Okonjo-Iweala has appreciated those who made it possible for her to be appointed as WTO DG

- The Nigerian born diplomat consequently promised not to make it business as usual in the centre

- Meanwhile, her appointment has generated huge excitement in Nigeria and around the world

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The newly minted director-general of the World Trade Centre (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has finally spoken on her history-making appointment.

She showed her appreciation in a post she tweeted on social media on Monday, February 15, shortly after it was announced that she had been appointed.

Her post read:

"It is done! Thank you @WTO members for finalizing my election today and making history. In the 73 years of GATT and WTO, honored to be First Woman and First African to lead. But now the real work begins. Ready to tackle the challenges of WTO. Forget Business as usual!"
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It is done! Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala finally speaks on her WTO appointment

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has promised that it will not be business as usual in WTO. Photo: @wto
Source: Twitter

Recall that her appointment had sparked wild jubilation from many people around the world, most especially Nigerians who see her selection as victory for blacks and women in general.

Meanwhile, had reported that Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, congratulated Okonjo-Iweala on her emergence as director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

The governor also thanked the former World Bank managing director for bringing pride and honour to her home state of Delta in the south-south region of Nigeria which he currently presides over as the chief executive.

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Okonjo-Iweala, also a former foreign affairs minister in the country, hails from Ogwashi-Uku, the Igbo-speaking part of the state.


Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at 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.


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