Okonjo- Iweala Becomes First African Woman to Emerge WTO DG

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has become the first woman and first African Director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee at the final stage of the race.

Speaking during a virtual press conference last Friday, she said the 55-man African Union (AU) officially endorsed her over her only opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

Many Nigerians have sent congratulatory messages to the new DG over her victory via Twitter.

“We congratulate one of Nigeria’s brightest, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her election as WTO DG. She polled 104 out of 164 votes to defeat South Korea’s Yoo Myung Hee and would be officially announced by 3pm WAT.

#Leadership”

“This is the kind of “Just In” and “Breaking” we want to read, not Buhari experiencing shock at an event that has happened 3 days before.

Congrats ma’am @NOIweala”

“Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has emerged as the new Director-General of the WTO

The first African to take up the position!

Congrats ma’am! 💥

“Congrats ma @NOIweala least some good news for the moment.”

“Yet, some illiterates still speak ill and rubbish a female child as if they are worthless! Mtchew… This is a female @NOIweala doing what a thousand men cannot do. Congrats ma. 🇳🇬 and Nigerians are so proud of you”, several tweets read.

The official announcement of the former minister’s is to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time.