|Finance Minister, Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala|
FORBES published its 2012 annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Of the 100 women featured, 11 are black, of whom 3 are Africans. They include political leaders, corporate executives, NGO heads, top government functionaries and a first lady. These are the 11 black women who matter the most.
Our dear Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Minister of Finance in Nigeria is part of the list and ranks as 10th most powerful black woman. On Top of the list is Miichelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce and many more
In 2011, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a seasoned economist and administrator left her position as a managing director at the World Bank to take up a job as the finance minister of Nigeria at the urging of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. It was her second coming. Between 2003 and 2006 she had served in the same capacity under Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo where she helped secure a debt write-off of $18 billion from Nigeria’s creditors. In April, when the World Bank conducted an international search for a new leader, Okonjo-Iweala was short-listed and was generally believed to be the most qualified candidate. The spot eventually went to Obama’s candidate, Jim Yong Kim.
First Lady of Nigeria didn’t enter the list.