Okonjo-Iweala announced as recipient of Forbes 2020 African of the Year award
Nigeria’s Former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 African of the Year award.
The Forbes Africa award is the latest honour clinched by the multi award winning development economist and former Managing Director of the World Bank.
Okonjo-Iweala is a 2-time Minister of Finance in Nigeria and former Managing Director Operations World Bank as well as several other positions in which she has consistently distinguished herself.
She also remains a leading candidate for the
With this fresh award, Okonjo-Iweala joins the list of illustrious Nigerians and other Africans to have been named as the person of the year.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi II bagged the first edition of the award in 2011.
Akinwumi Adesina, former Nigerian Minister and current president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), won the award in 2013 and again in 2019.
Also, Nigeria’s richest man and president of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was named the Forbes person of the year in 2014.
Paul Kagame of Rwanda clinched the award in 2018.
Meanwhile, Okonjo-Iweala has reacted to the conferment of the award, dedicating it to fellow Africans. She also expressed delight for been chosen for the award.
“Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina. This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspires me!” she said.