Photos show the moment Okonjo-Iweala resumed office as WTO director-general

Photos show the moment Okonjo-Iweala resumed office as WTO director-general

- The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has welcomed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as she resumed her duties as the director-general of the organisation

- The appointment of the former Nigerian minister of finance has been described as historic

- The former world bank director was confirmed DG of the trade body on February 15

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A former Nigerian minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has assumed office as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The organisation in a Tweet on Monday, March 1, shared photos of Okonjo-Iweala on her first day at work.

The former world bank executive was received by officials of the trade body and a few journalists were at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Photos show the moment Okonjo-Iweala assumed office as WTO director-general
Okonjo-Iweala assumed office amid high expectations. Photo: @wto
Source: Twitter

The WTO said Iweala has made history as the first woman and first African to hold the office.

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It said:

''Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day as WTO Director-General! She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.''

Meanwhile, following her appointment as the new director-general of the WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed that she did not expect the Trump administration to block her candidacy for the job.

In fact, the former Nigerian finance minister says she was actually surprised that the administration could stand in her way.

According to her, she had two interviews with the US government and there was no indication that she would be opposed.

In another news, Nigerians have started a challenge on social media to celebrate renowned economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on being the first woman and the first African to hold the office of the director-general of the WTO

Many women dressed in ankara outfits, tied headgears, and wore glasses like Okonjo-Iweala.

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Taking to her page, Genevieve shared a photo with Okonjo-Iweala to celebrate her victory, while noting that it is her entry for the challenge.

In another news, the Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Nigeria's former two-time minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her emergence as director-general of the WTO.

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.

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

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.

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