Barely a month after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was appointed as first African Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation, that former Nigerian Finance Minister resumed her first day of work as WTO boss.
Techeconomy.ng obtained this from a social media statement released on Monday morning, March 1, by the organisation.
The statement read: “Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her first day as WTO Director-General! She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.”
On her part, Iweala explained that she is “coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do. I feel ready to go.”
Director-General @NOIweala & the chair of WTO fisheries subsidies talks @WillsSantiago welcomed civil society's plea for a successful conclusion to the negotiations, visiting today an ice sculpture set up in front of the WTO headquarters by the #StopFundingOverfishing coalition. pic.twitter.com/9Y5eN4Bh5y
— WTO (@wto) March 1, 2021
Techeconomy.ng reported had reported the old and new testaments of Okonjo-Iweala as first African, woman WTO DG. According to the report, on June 13, 1954, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was born into the world.
Okonjo-Iweala was born in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, Nigeria, where her father Professor Chukwuka Okonjo was the Obi (King) from the Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Ukwu.
Okonjo-Iweala attended Queen’s School, Enugu, St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan, and the International School Ibadan, Oyo state.
At the age of 21, she relocated to United States to study at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an AB in Economics in 1976.