Friday, February 1, 2008

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a real Strong Woman

Meet Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala current Managing Director of the World Bank who almost became the President of the same bank after the scandalous resignation of former President Paul Wolfowitz.

It is Ironic that Mr. Wolfowitz resigned after investigations uncovered unethical conduct on his part only to almost be replaced by some one from Nigeria.

As we all know Nigeria does not exactly have the best score on Transparency International's corruption index.

She is the first woman ever to be appointed Foreign Minister and later on Finance Minister in Nigeria and possibly the whole of Africa.
During her administration she managed to substantially reduce Nigeria's foreign debt and restructure the economic system while aggressively tackling corruption by bringing former untouchables to book.

She was educated at Harvard University (A.B. Magna Cum Laude 1977) and earned her Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In women like her I see hope for the future of not only African children but the continent as a whole.

Any woman that can attempt to take on corruption in an African state has the ability to lead any where.