Despite the numerous national issues and challenges that plagues the Nigerian reality; the various instances of common cases of corrupt public officer, manipulative reports of workers and unending cases of cyber crimes among the youths coupled with a high degree of poverty level in most cases of the federation which makes people think that there’s little to be hopeful for or to be proud of when it comes to discourse which relates with the Nigerian nation.
However in the midst of all these aforementioned National issues and challenges which has greatly marred the identity of the nation Nigeria, there are few individuals who have etched for themselves a spot in the pages of the nation’s history, craving for themselves a name which is accorded with respect and admiration across not only just the African continent but also across the globe. These are icons that bring hope and national respect to the nation at large, among them is Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
One of Nigerians foremost and renowned personality who has over the past few decades made a name for herself in a male dominated society, going on to becoming one of the nation’s finest names because of the her wealth of knowledgewhich has used to grow and manage various financial institution within and outside the nation.
Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over the years has exhibited and shown her commitment and devotion to the growth and development of the nation since as far back as 1981 when she secured a PhD in Regional Economics with a thesis on Credit Policy, Rural Financial markets, and Nigeria’s Agricultural Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . From there she has added to her feather a 25 year career with the World Bank where she has moved to the office of the Managing Director, which is the 2nd highest position from where she’s made tremendous positive impact using her office to facilitate the growth of developing countries across the world.
Adding to these illustrious career, she also served as a minister in the Federal Republic of Nigeria on two different occasions,( 2003-2006, 2011-2015) and also serving as a coordinating Minister of the Economy (2011-2015) and also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs ( June- August 2006)
Among the numerous roles and accolades she’s has claimed over the years which has made her a renowned and highly sought after business icon whose expertise is in high demand by many countries of the world, she takes another step in the world’s business and economy by vying for the position of the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as she seek to further cement her name, legacies as one of the first individuals who has ever emerged not just from Nigeria but also from the African continent as a whole.
She goes head to head with four other individuals who are also contesting for the highly exalted office of one of the world’s strongest financial institution.
While from the five candidates who are presently contesting for this office, two are expected to emerge as the finalist to eventually contest for this role. At the moment before the final two candidates who will be eventually shortlisted for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organization are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria, Amina Chawahir Mohammad Jubril from Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijiri from Saudi Arabia, Liam Fox of the United Kingdom and Yoo Myung-hee from South Korea.
It’s expected that the eventual winner of the position will be announced come November 2020.
While the world eagerly await the outcome of the keenly contested position, many Nigerians has over the past few months anticipated and hope that the Nigerian candidate eventually emerges winner as they hope that while it becomes a cause of pride for the nation and Continent at large, it is also hoped that the developing countries as we as the African continent seeks to benefits immensely from her victory.
The African continent gets to benefits immensely if Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria clinches the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organization. The following are the impact her victory will bring to the African continent.
- Motivation for other Africans in the international community- the African continent and its respective populace seeks to get its inhabitants motivated and geared for more international roles as many as always believed that the African continent is often marginalized on the world global scene. Many always think believe that Africans are usually put behind the curtains when it comes to the international scene.
- Business growth and advancement of developing nations- Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala boast of having a wealth of business acumen has she has worked in many of the world finest and strongest financial institution. Arising from these she has garnered the much needed experience to help revive and also facilitate the growth development of business network and world Economics. She comes from a developing country where she has witnessed the Economics realties of Nigeria, one that will make her understand the indices and metrics of developing nation’s Economy which will go a long way in helping her create a viable template for the growth and development of these developing countries.
- Post Covid-19 Economic Survival- the world is currently preparing for a post Covid-19 reality where Economics of nations of the world are in shambles which is basically as a result of the effect of covid-19 which rendered most business outfits and international brands static and bankrupt for months over the lockdown rule. However as the world prepares for a post Covid-19 reality, it needs in the administration of one of its strongest and important financial institution the best of hands and considering the business acumen and experience of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the course of her illustrious career she ranks high among those who are best qualified for this position as she can hopefully seize the large and abundant market in Africa, harnessing its vast and numerous resources to facilitating a global economic growth.
By Marcus Amudipe