Nigerians are still excited over the appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO).
Indeed, the world is celebrating a brave woman who has not only carved out a great name for herself but has also impacted the world in different endeavours. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, from 2003-2006, 2011-2015, and briefly as Foreign Minister in 2006, making her the first woman to hold both positions.
She is indeed a wholesome woman, filled with inspirations. Some of her inspiring quotes have been written down in this article for you to learn from and apply them where necessary.
I believe that when you find problems,
you should also find solutions
When it comes to doing my job,
I keep my ego in my handbag.
I know what it means to go to the stream to fetch water.
What it means when people are poor and don’t have enough to eat.
It’s not enough to say you know about poverty. You have to live it.
When I became finance minister,
they called me Okonjo-Wahala – or ‘Trouble Woman.’
It means ‘I give you hell.’
But I don’t care what names they call me.
I’m a fighter; I’m very focused on what I’m doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked.
If we save people from HIV/AIDS,
if we save them from malaria,
it means they can form the base of production for our economy.
The idea [the government’s ‘You Win’ campaign] is that instead of young people in Nigeria waiting to get employment, they should create their own jobs and employ their peers and employ other people.
No one can fight corruption for Nigerians except Nigerians.
Everyone has to be committed from the top to the bottom to fight it.
Africans… they are tired. They’re tired of being the subject of everybody’s charity and care.
We are grateful, but we know that we can take charge of our own destinies
if we have the will to reform.
I’m standing here saying that those who miss the boat now,
will miss it forever. So if you want to be in Africa, think about investing.
Investing in women is smart economics,
and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.
When you save the life of anyone,
a farmer, a teacher, a mother,
they are contributing productively into the economy.