The Graduate Advantage: The Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Example!
Formal Education has its own advantages too. There’s a height a graduate will reach that a non-graduate can’t attain no matter how intelligent he or she is.
Interestingly, a graduate can get to any level that a non-graduate can reach in life, only if he will humble himself, drop that ‘certificate ego’ and do whatever is profitable with all commitment it deserves!
Yesterday, 15 February 2021, our delectable Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was finally appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Her term will begin on 1 March 2021, making her the first woman and the first African to hold the office.
Before we delve into her academic profile and numerous previous appointments, let me quickly point out that Ngozi also serves as a Board Member of Twitter Inc., one of the biggest social media giants in the world!
You see, in today’s world, your education must be all round. Beyond having a PhD or being appointed as the Honourable Commissioner for Science & Technology, you must also be tech-saavy. You need personal branding and new Media visibility to remain relevant in this information age.
Now, let’s take a look at Okonjo-Iweala’s credentials with the view of increasingly developing ourselves in our own chosen careers.
Okonjo-Iweala was born (13 June 1954) 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 was educated at Queen’s School, Enugu, St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan, and the International School Ibadan. She arrived in the US in 1973 as a teenager to study at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an AB in Economics in 1976.
She earned her M.A and PhD (1981) in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a thesis titled Credit policy, rural financial markets, and Nigeria’s agricultural development.
Okonjo-Iweala served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003-2006, 2011-2015) and also as Minister of Foreign Affairs. She was the first female to hold both positions. She was also World Bank’s Managing Director (Operations), 2007-2011.
She sits on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the African Risk Capacity (ARC) amongst several other national and international engagements.
We all @Graduate Advantage Africa :: AdasiScience join the rest of the world to celebrate this African heroine! Ngozi is indeed a Blessing to the World!
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