Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and a candidate for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.
Forbes Africa announced this on Tuesday via a post on its official handle @forbesafrica.
The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…
— Forbes Africa (@forbesafrica) December 1, 2020
Okonjo-Iweala in her retweets said she is thrilled to be honoured and to be following the footsteps of her brothers Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Nigeria’s Femi Adesina.
Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica -CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina. This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspires me! https://t.co/CKDEyls7T9
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) December 1, 2020
She also dedicated the award to fellow Africans facing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” she added.
Okonjo-Iweala has joined other eminent Africans in receiving the award.
Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in 2019, won the award for his outstanding work at the bank and a sterling career in agriculture and finance. he also won the award in 2013
Paul Kagame of Rwanda also won the prize in 2018.
Muhammad Sanusi II, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria won the first edition in 2011; Aliko Dangote president of the Dangote Group won in 2014.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first Nigerian woman to be honoured with the prize.