WTO: Okonjo-Iweala takes up American Citizenship

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Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has taken American citizenship. This is coming after more than 30 years after the former two-time minister studied in the United States.

Bloomberg reports that Okonjo-Iweala actually took US citizenship in 2019 as she fought for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

According to Bloomberg, most of the candidates battling for the WTO position with the Nigerian boast of dual citizenship, which experts believe may boost their chances at getting the job.

Nigeria’s former finance minister worked in the US for well over 25 years without taking up its citizenship.

However, this affected her when she ran for the president of the World Bank in 2012 because she was not backed by the US, losing the seat to Korean-American Jim Yong Kim.


  1. I always cherish this mama whenever I heard or seen her face because she is millions worthy of emulation, I can’t even express my joy over this woman, she really tried indeed. I pray to God to continue increase her knowledge and wisdom. Congrats on your new appointment.

  2. Congratulations to you ma on your new appointment, may Almighty God increase your wisdom and understanding to pilot the affairs of the World Trade organization (WTO), may your reign be the peaceful one throughout. I really cherish you whenever I heard your name. Congratulations to you ma.

  3. Waoh so she is now a Nigerian and an American
    That is nice to hear. She has been adamant to getting this dual citizenship but now she is taking it up not because she likes it but because she wants to stand for an election
    She knows better what is good for her

  4. A lot of people say that people can’t change. I think they’re wrong. My theory is: People can change. It’s just easier for them not to . please from your mindset if it go for you.

  5. Well i congratulate Okonjo eweala and i rejoice with her, no matter how the situations worse in nigeria thus noy concern her anymore, this citizenship that was given okonjo it was excellent for her. Once again CONGRATULATION.

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