• July 26, 2021

Okonjo-Iweala Emerges Forbes Africa Person Of The Year


By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) –  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and candidate  for the position of  the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has emerged as Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.

The cheering news was announced by Forbes Africa on Tuesday via a post on its verified Twitter handle @forbesafrica, which read:

“The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica,” the tweet read.

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Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, while responding to the honour tweeted that she was “Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina”.

She dedicated the award to all Africans negatively impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” she added.

Prominent Africans who had won the award before Mrs Okonjo-Iweala include, Akinwumi Adesina , president of the African Development Bank, AfDB, (2019); Paul Kagame of Rwanda ( 2018); Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), and Aliko Dangote (2014).

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