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How perfectly timed that former Finance Minister and international development expert, Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala assumed her new role at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the first day of Women’s History Month. Indeed, this is a historical moment that deserves recognition.

New Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala removes her face mask as she arrives at the WTO headquarters to take office on March 1, 2021 in Geneva. – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes the reins of the WTO amid hope she will infuse the beleaguered body with fresh momentum to address towering challenges and a pandemic-fuelled global economic crisis. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / various sources / AFP)

Okonjo-Iweala is the first African and woman to hold this high-regarded position and has every intention of making impact and leaving her mark. This morning, she arrived at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland taking a moment to speak to reporters and pose for photographs. She was well-received into office by officials of the trade body and a few journalists.

The new Director-General sported her trademark style, dressing in African wax fabric material, from head to toe.

In a Twitter post (with nearly 9,000 responses), WTO wrote, “Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day as WTO Director-General! She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.”

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Titi Adesanya
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