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WTO: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes up US citizenship

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has taken up an American citizenship.

This comes over 30 years after the two-time Nigerian minister studied in the United States.

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

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Bloomberg also reported that most of the candidates battling for the position with Okonjo-Iweala boast of dual citizenship, and experts believe this may have boosted their chances at getting the much-coveted job.

The other candidates for the position, such as Jesús Seade Kuri, is Mexican and Lebanese. Amina Mohamed, a Kenyan minister, is also Somali and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh is both Swiss and Egyptian.

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.

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Meanwhile, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has endorsed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of director-general of the World Trade Organization.

Dangote expressed his support for Okonjo-Iweala via tweets on his verified Twitter handle @AlikoDangote.

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The billionaire businessman tweeted: “A vote for her by all is a step in the right direction. I fully endorse the candidature of @NOIweala to lead @WTO

“In these challenging times @WTO needs the renowned skills and tested experience of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala @NOIweala to lead the organisation through identified obstacles and strengthen its position as the prime facilitator of international trade.”

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