- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's appointment as the WTO's new director-general was specially celebrated on social media with #BeLikeNgoziChallenge
- The challenge features Nigerian ladies dressing up like the former finance minister to celebrate her
- In an interesting move, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, also joined the challenge and shared a video of herself dressed up like Okonjo-Iweala on Twitter
Nigerians, regardless of political affiliations, celebrated on Monday, February 15, when the general council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) finally confirmed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the organisation's new director-general.
The appointment was specially celebrated on social media with a campaign tagged #BeLikeNgoziChallenge.
The challenge was initiated by Temie Giwa-Tubosun, the CEO of LifeBank, who shared the first entry in the challenge and promised to give N100,000 prize to the best-dressed person.
Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance in Nigeria, has her unique style of dressing which usually includes Ankara designs, special headgear, matching necklace/bead and a pair of eyeglasses.
Many Nigerian ladies joined the challenge, sharing their photos as they dress up like the new DG of the WTO.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria joins challenge
On Wednesday, February 17, Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, also joined the challenge.
Laing shared a video of herself dressed up like Okonjo-Iweala. She was clad in an Ankara print, with the special headgear, necklace and a pair of eyeglasses.
She captioned the video:
"Happy to join #BeLikeNgoziChallenge initiated by @temite with my #AnkaraArmy ‘gele’. For girls in Nigeria & all over the world @NOIweala shows there are no limits and you can still be yourself. Congratulations to the first female DG of @wto. #NoiGoesToWTO"
Top tasks ahead for Okonjo-Iweala
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Reuters listed top three key tasks ahead for Okonjo-Iweala as WTO's director-general.
Among others, the former minister will have to:
1. Broker international trade talks in the face of persistent US-China conflict
2. Respond to pressure to reform trade rules
3. Counter protectionism heightened by the COVID-19
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_