Who better epitomises the versatility and force of an African woman than Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala? A beacon of light and strength, an impactful woman through and through, she is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Ever doubted it? All you’d need is a quick scroll through your Twitter or LinkedIn feed right now to appreciate her impact on the world.
From her prominent position as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, distinguishing herself in an often inhibited system, to her role now as the World Trade Organisation’S (WTO) Director-General, Okonjo-Iweala’s standpoint remain the same: Excellence.
When asked about the priorities of her administration in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the international development expert reveals, “It feels exciting and it feels daunting at the same time. I look forward to the challenge. […] Deep reforms are needed to rebrand and reposition the organisation,” already showing clear focus and tapping into her wealth of experience.
“When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala – or ‘Trouble Woman.’ It means ‘I give you hell.’ But I don’t care what names they call me. I’m a fighter.”
On February 15th, she tweeted “It is done! Thank you @WTO members for finalizing my election today and making history. In the 73 years of GATT and WTO, honored to be First Woman and First African to lead. But now the real work begins. Ready to tackle the challenges of WTO. Forget Business as usual!” And we have no doubt about it.
See some of her most famous quotes below:
“I believe that when you find problems, you should also find solutions.”
“The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping create jobs.”
“Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.”
“When it comes to doing my job, I keep my ego in my handbag.”
“When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala – or ‘Trouble Woman.’ It means ‘I give you hell.’ But I don’t care what names they call me. I’m a fighter; I’m very focused on what I’m doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked.”