Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala Among Time's 100 Most Influential People

Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the only Nigerian on Time Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the world. Okonjo-Iweala, who became the first woman and first African to lead the WTO in March 2021, was included in the "leaders" category.

Speaking on Okonjo-Iweala's efforts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said the former Nigerian finance minister "knows how to get things done", and praised her work at the helm of of the WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala, was the first Nigerian woman to serve two terms as finance minister  - first under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003 to 2006 - and later, under President Goodluck Jonathan from 2011 to 2015. Subsequently, from June to August 2006, she served as foreign affairs minister of Nigeria.

Other key African names on the list included are South African Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, Cameroonian Dr. John Nkengasong, who is heading the AU's Covid response, and Kenyan environmental activist Phyllis Omido. Senegalese writer and musician Felwine Sarr and Ethiopian entrepreneur and food policy specialist Sara Menker were also on the list. In addition, there were household names from the African diaspora including Ugandan-British actor Daniel Kaluuya and French actor Omar Sy.

Time Magazine's annual list "recognises people whose ideas, example, talent, or discoveries transform the world we live in".


World Trade Organization Director General Okonjo-Iweala (file photo).

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