The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has rejoiced with the Director General of World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-iweala on her 70th birthday anniversary, describing her as a woman of inestimable value and cerebral women of substance.

In a statement by the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the group extolled her immense contribution to the development of Nigeria’s economy as a then minister of finance as well as her humility, integrity and spirit of excellence.

The full statement reads;

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide joins the numerous admirers to felicitate one of our best; a cerebral modest woman of substance, a distinctive global icon, a renowned development economist, a beacon of light, daughter and wife of inestimable value, the former Nigerian Minister of Finance, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Coordinating Minister of Economy and the first African and female Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, GCON as she climbs the seventh floor.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a quintessential Igbo in character, ingenuity, elegance and integrity.

The Okonjo Iweala trajectory is a veritable testament to the audacity of intellectual prowess, hard work, competence, self-confidence, humility, prudence and service to humanity.

Our daughter, Okonjo –Iweala is a source of pride. She has distinguished herself in all the facets she has ever set her foot; at the Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brookings Institution, World Bank and in the Nigerian government, among others.

Nigerians will always recall with nostalgia, the various economic reforms that Okonjo Iweala introduced into the Nigerian financial institutions as a Minister of Finance; under President Olusegun Obasanjo, she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club which led to the wiping out about US 30 Billion of Nigeria’s Debt, including the outright cancellation of US 18 Billion in favour of Nigeria. Ikonjo-Iweala introduced the monthly publication of the federal, state and local government shares of revenue from the country’s federation account.

Back home, the keynote address Okonjo-Iweala delivered at the South East Economic Summit at Owerri, Imo State, on September 28, 2023 still reverberates with profound wisdom, and instructive reflections.

On behalf of all the National Executive Committee (NEC), states and local government structures of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide; and indeed all the sons and daughters of Igbo land, I wish you many more years in good health and full of more accomplishments.”


Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR; OFR; CFR; FNICE; FNSE; FNIST; KSG

(Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo)

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide

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