She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977, was vice-president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group, is a globally renowned economist and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance. An avowed anti-corruption advocate, she introduced the practice of publishing each state’s monthly financial allocation from the federal government in the newspapers to encourage transparency and engagement by the population.
Beyond the oscillation of contemporary public opinion, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be judged by history, long after her current tenure has ended by the impact her policies have had on Nigeria’s economy, which she has been privileged to manage through this most dynamic yet fragile time in its evolution.
In her TEDxEuston 2013 talk, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reminds us all, however, of our own communal responsibility in creating and maintaining a corrupt-free society. That train demands that every one of us comes on board, and that we cannot abdicate the responsibility to our political leadership;
“If you can do (anything) from legitimate civil society…galvanize action, do not leave it to someone else”
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