Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges Director General, World Trade Organization

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Nigeria’s Ex-Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, has emerged the new DG of the World Trade Organization.

Iweala polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat her South Korea’s trade minister opponent, at the final stage of the race

The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time.

Below are some happy reactions from Nigerians on Twitter ;

Solomon Buchi wrote ;

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first African & the first woman to head the WTO. No. She’s not the wife to the DG, she is the FIRST female DG. Omo, stop telling young girls to aim to be the presidents wife when they can be the president!!!!!!!!!

Kelechi AFC wrote ;

Congratulations Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on your appointment as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization

The first African and first woman to head the WTO. What an inspirational achievement. A Queen I Stan

How I’m celebrating right now for Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 🙌🏾🇳🇬@NOIweala pic.twitter.com/xzZ9zHbejg

— A Cup of Khafi ☕️💪🏾 #EndSARS (@KhafiKareem) October 28, 2020

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The former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged as the new Director General of the World Trade Organization. She is the first female and first African Director-General of the WTO. In a keenly contested election, Okonjo-Iweala beat her rival, South Korean Yoo Myung hee, with a wide margin. She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat Myung Hee at the final stage of the race. Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents before the election which took place today October 28. Her victory comes days after European Union member nations backed her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States. The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time today. Okonjo-Iweala, 66, served as Nigeria’s first female Finance and later Foreign Affair minister, and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist and international finance expert at the World Bank, eventually becoming its number two. She is also on Twitter’s board of directors and is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight.

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