The appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as president of the World Trade Organization (WTO), in short, has further highlighted the image of Nigeria in particular and Africa in General.
She is the first African woman to be appointed to the post. As a result, we look back at some of the Nigerians who have held senior positions in international organizations.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
konjo-Iweala, 66, will be the first woman and the first African to lead the group. Although she recently received her US citizenship, she is proud of being a Nigerian and a patriot – she reflects her African roots through African-style clothing.
She once told the BBC in 2012 that she had embraced her own clothes as a working mother of four children, estimating that the costumes she wore for her Textiles each cost about $ 25 per yard. The economy she studied at Harvard University as a dedicated and committed, as she told the BBC Hard Talk in July that what the WTO needed was one that would ensure change.
During her 25 years at the World Bank, she has been commended for some initiatives to help low-income countries, particularly raising nearly $ 50 billion in 2010 from donors to the International Development Association (IDA). , World Bank Foundation for Poor Countries.
But the change she has brought to Nigeria is something she is proud of – especially having twice served as finance minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
2. Dr Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo
Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo was born on April 20, 1959 in Adamawa State, northeastern Nigeria.
Barkindo is an experienced intellectual and an expert in oil resources. On August 1, Barkindo – a former chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) – took over as Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
He previously served as interim president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2006. He was nominated by the Nigerian government in the same year.
Barkindo’s appointment as OPEC’s new secretary general was announced at the 169th OPEC meeting on June 2, 2016 at the organization’s secretariat in Vienna, Austria. He also took over from Libya’s oil minister, Abdalla El-Badri, whose term is coming to an end.
3. Amina J. Mohammed
Amina J. Mohammed is a Nigerian politician and diplomat who currently holds the post of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
She was born on June 27, 1961 in Kaduna State, and her mother is British, whom her Nigerian father married in the UK when he went there to study. And she is the Mother of five.
In January 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced her as his deputy.
4. Akinwumi Adeshina
Akinwumi Adesina is a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria, and currently holds the position of President of the African Development Bank (ADB).
Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina is one of the most prominent Nigerians in the world, having become the first African to become the President of the African Development Bank (ADB) in 2015. Dr. was born. Akinwumi Akin Adesina on February 6, 1960 in Ibadan, Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria.
He started his primary and secondary education at his home school, before moving on to the University of Ife in Nigeria where he completed his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and economics with the highest honors.
Akinwumi graduated from Purdue University in Indiana, USA, in 1984, where he attended re-education and returned home to Nigeria when he married his wife, Grace.
Dr. Akinwumi also completed his postgraduate degree in agriculture and economics in 1988, where he was also honored with an award for his research work.