Okonjo Iweala bags African of the Year Award
By Jonathan Asikason
Nigeria’s former Finance minister and would-be Director General World Trade Organisation(WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been announced the 2020 African of the Year Award honouree.
The award which is sponsored by the American media giant, CNBC, amongst other things, offers recipient the honour of gracing the front cover of Forbes African Magazine.
According to the statement signed by her Media Adviser, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, the award was the latest honour bagged by the multi-award winning development economist, one of the African Union (AU) Special Envoys appointed to address the COVID-19 economic fallout and soon-to-be named chair of WTO.
Having won this year award which is the third edition of the annual event, Dr Okonjo-Iweala joins notable Africans like Paul Kagame of Rwanda who won the first edition in 2018 and Akinwume Adesina has won the 2019 edition in the list of the greatest Africans ever lived.
Reacting to the news, Okonjo-Iweala, expressed her delight at the recognition and dedicated the award to Africans facing the health and socio-economic challenges of COVID-19 during a very difficult year.
“It is a great honour to serve Africa in different capacities. I look forward to deploying my energies at the WTO for Africa and the world,” she said.
The award is coming after WTO General Council meeting has been scheduled to take place on December 17, but it is not clear whether the meeting can take place if the current restrictions continue.