Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala, the Nigerian minister of finance and premier coordinating minister of the economy has been awarded the David Rockefeller “Bridging leadership Award”. Iweala was awarded alongside Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Simao Jatene, Governor of the State of Para, Brazil in New York.
Okonjo-Iweala was joined by a list of high profile personalities such as the late Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Bill Gates, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, James Wolfenson etc, that have been honoured in the past.
The only other Nigerian who has previously received the award for her decades-long work of empowering women is Bisi Fayemi.
In Okonjo-Iweala’s case, she is being honoured for her uncommon courage and capacity to deliver on the economy and lead, in a very difficult environment.
Everyone at The Spectacles wish congratulates her warmly.