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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala: Meet The New Director-General Of The World Trade Organization

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A great deal of inspiration can be drawn from looking at the life of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian economist, who has been selected to be the next African World Trade Organization director-general.

The measure of success she has been able to attain within 66-years of being on earth is quite admirable and she is a role model for millions of women around the globe.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who was born on the 13th of June 1954 in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, Nigeria, sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).

Information Nigeria gathered that she possesses dual citizenship; Nigeria and US.

The Harvard-educated economist is also married to a neurosurgeon, Dr. Ikemba Iweala and they are parents to four children.

Her achievements are countless as she is the receipt of honorary degrees from 15 universities worldwide, including some from the most prestigious colleges. She has also bagged numerous recognition and awards.

She is the author of several articles and books.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala pursued a 25-year career at the World Bank in Washington DC as a development economist, where she held the post of Vice President and corporate secretary.

In 2003, the global finance expert was made the Minister of Finance under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and her impact was felt as she and her team succeeded in doing notable projects including building electronic financial management platform for the government. She briefly became Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala was reappointed as Finance Minister during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2011, with expanded portfolio of the coordinating Minister of the Economy.

The international development expert is known for being the first and black candidate to contest for the presidency of World Bank Group in 2012.

After leaving government, Okonjo-Iweala became a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity from 2015-2016.

Afterwards, she was appointed as a Managing Director of World Bank Group where she led several World Bank initiatives to assist low-income countries during food and financial crises.

Okonjo-Iweala has been serving as co-chair of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, with Nicholas Stern and Paul Polman. In January 2016, she was appointed the Chair-elect of the Board of Gavi of the World Health Organization.

She is the founder of Nigeria’s first indigenous opinion-research organization, NOI-Polls and the Center for the Study of Economies of Africa (C-SEA).

Since 2019, Okonjo-Iweala has been part of UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education.

In 2020, the International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva appointed her to an external advisory group to provide input on policy challenges.

She was also appointed by the African Union (AU) as special envoy to solicit international support to help the continent deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria nominated Okonjo-Iweala as the country’s candidate to be director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

She later advanced to the election’s final round, eventually competing with South Korea’s candidate and trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee.

Ahead of the vote, she received the full support of the European Union for her candidacy.

On Wednesday, a WTO nominations committee recommended that the group’s 164 members appoint Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

However, the appointment of Nigeria’s ex-finance minister to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been called into question after the US failed to endorse her despite being a bonafide citizen of the country.

The General Counsel has postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until further meet which is scheduled for November 9 after the US presidential elections.

If Dr Okonjo-Iweala succeeds, she would be the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.

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Diego Maradona: Biography And Facts (Video)

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The news of the death of Diego Maradona has sent shock waves to football lovers around the world.

The 60-year-old football legend died on Wednesday, November 25, after suffering from cardiac arrest in his home country.

The country of Argentina is currently grief-stricken over the demise of the 1986 World Cup winner. His body arrived at the presidential palace in the country to lie in state. 

Maradona, who was born on 30 October 1960, holds a record that is nearly unmatched. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

The footballer came from humble beginnings and he received his first soccer ball as a gift at age 3 and he developed a soft spot for the game.

At age eight, Maradona was discovered by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighbourhood club, Estrella Roja. 

The footballer, at age 12, thrilled spectators with his mastery of the art of football during the halftime intermissions of first division games.

He started his career with Argentinos Juniors before joining Boca Juniors and went on to play for Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys before returning to Boca in 1995.

Sadly, his life wasn’t always all sunshine and rainbows as he was addicted to cocaine from the mid-1980s until 2004.

Maradona married long-time fiancée, Claudia Villafañe, on 7 November 1984, and they had two daughters. The couple later went their separate ways in 2004.

He listed Brazilian playmaker, Rivelino and Manchester United winger George Best among his inspirations growing up.

Maradona made 91 appearances for Argentina between 1977 and 1994 and he scored 34 goals at international level before ending his career.

He had the best years of his club career in Italy, as he played a massive role in Napoli winning the Serie A title in the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons. 

He was the all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli, with 115 goals, until his record was broken by Marek Hamšík in 2017.

Maradona also lifted the UEFA Cup with Napoli in 1989 and he won three trophies during his time at Barca – including the Copa del Rey in 1983.

As a coach, Maradona also had stints in charge of Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Al-Wasl, Fujairah and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico before being appointed by Gimnasia de La Plata.

 

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VIDEO: Weird Controversies Trail Wedding Ceremony Of Nigerian Actor, Williams Uchemba

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Williams Uchemba and his bride, Brunella Oscar

You might have probably wondered how it feels to be a celebrity and sometimes you assume that you get to live a stress-free life filled with glitz and glamour. You might want to think again because fame comes with hidden costs. Celebrities are prone to scandals because their mistakes are often publicized and there are no two ways about it. Everyone always has something to say and this brings us to popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba, who got caught right in the middle of controversies.

The controversies trailing the actor revolves around his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar. On October 31, the film star took fans by surprise when he announced his engagement. Uchemba posted a photo of himself with his mystery woman but he did not reveal her identity until later on.

Fans were delighted to officially meet the woman behind the actor’s smile. Weeks later, the actor, who journeyed down to his fiancee’s hometown in Anambra state, shared a video of himself in the company of his guards at the airport. After making his intentions known to the family of his fiancee, he paid her bride price and he took her home on Sunday 15th November 2020. Photos and videos from the traditional wedding ceremony circulated on social media indicated that it was indeed a massive success.

One particular video stood out as it grabbed the attention of some conservative social media users. In the video, the actor was seen pouring away palm wine given to him by his wife as part of the traditional wedding rites. This rubbed people off in the wrong way and they didn’t fail to express their thoughts about it.

During the Igbo traditional marriage called ‘igbankwu’, the bride carries a cup of palm wine blessed by her father, to give to her groom, who is seated among the guests. The groom is expected to drink from it. However, the actor poured the wine on the ground and he received criticisms from some netizens. 

The day for the white wedding arrived and the lovebirds exchanged their vows at Dominion City church headquarters for Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State. The wedding was officiated by the senior pastor of the church, David Ogbueli. The actor’s groomsmen included some celebrities like Peter Okoye, Falz, Banky W, Frank Edward and AY Makun and they all witnessed the solemnization of the couple.

Lagos socialite, Pretty Mike, caused a stir online after he showed up at the wedding ceremony with six heavily pregnant women he claimed to be his baby mamas. Interestingly, all the ladies wore matching silver outfits while Mike looked dapper in a lovely pink suit. Singer, Kcee, who was present at the event, slammed the Lagos socialite, saying that what he did was ‘rubbish’.

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#GRAMMYAWARDS: Wizkid And Beyonce’s ”BROWN SKIN GIRL” Nominated For Best Music Video

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Wizkid has gotten a Grammy Nomination and his fans can’t keep calm down about it.

The 30-year-old singer got nominated for his collaborative effort with Beyonce on ”Brown Skin Girl”.

Below are some reactions from Twitter NG ;

Dr Olufumilayo wrote ;

Brown Skin Girl has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

That makes Ivy Blue the youngest nominated person for a Grammy Award.

But more importantly, that gives Wizkid a Grammy Award nomination too. If the video wins the award, Wizkid wins.

Congrats

ChemicalBoy wrote ;

Brown Skin Girl” by Beyonce, Wizkid, Saint Jhn ft Blue Ivy has been nominated for Grammy under the category of Best Music Video. Machala way

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