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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Named Forbes ‘African Of The Year’

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of Finance, former Managing Director of the World Bank, and current front-runner for the top post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation has been named the Forbes African of the Year, 2020.

Forbes Africa announced on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday as it tweeted,

The honouree of the award would grace the cover of Forbes Africa magazine.

Last year’s edition of the award was won by Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina (also a Nigerian), the President of the African Development Bank (2013 and 2019). Other Nigerians that have won include Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), Aliko Dangote (2014), amongst others.

Reacting to the award through her official Twitter handle, she said “Thrilled to be named

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015) under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively.




Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman to be the finance minister and the foreign minister of the West African country with a GDP of $502 billion.

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Mrs Okonjo-Iweala is currently a front-runner for the top post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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