Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a dogged fighter. In 2012 she decided to run for president of the World Bank.
But a US American has always headed the World Bank, just as European has always headed the IMF (International Monetary Fund).
So, South Korean US American Jim Yong Kim was chosen for the World Bank top job instead.
Unshaken, She Tries Again
Last year (2020), unshaken Mrs Iweala decided to throw her hat into the ring in the contest for Director General of the World Trade Organisation.
She even became a US citizen, perhaps to shore up her chances.
But the immediate past Trump Administration of the US prefared the South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, and vetoed Ngozi’s emergence.
Incidentally, Joe Biden won the US Presidency, and Yoo Myung-hee decided to withdraw her candidacy for the WTO apex post, paving the way for Ngozi’s emergence.
In life, never give up. Work smart. Be creative and flexible but determined. This is Resourceful Equianoism.
Congrats Ngozi. Do us proud. And make an impact in the reduction of extreme poverty. Ngozi, pursue fairer trade. Don’t settle for just freer trade.