The award for the African leadership person of the year is determined by popular vote and given each year to outstanding Africans who are advancing the continent’s interests and fostering goodwill.
Okonjo-Iweala polled over 60 percent of the 15,000 votes in the category at the close of the poll on 2nd of December 2022.
Forbes said, “The World Trade Organization head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (No. 91 of 100) continue to play a crucial role in providing financial assistance and promoting global trade as the threat of a global recession rises.”
This would be Okonjo-Iweala’s 6th recognition in her career.
Reacting, Okonjo-Iweala tweeted that she was excited by the awards she had received in her career.
“An honour and a privilege to be part of this list of a very distinguished group of women for the 6th time in my career, Congratulations to my other sisters. Let’s continue to show that good governance, good public policy and a people-centered approach to work matters,” she said.
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Winners for the 11th edition of the award shall be presented with the honour on 16th of February 2023, at a ceremony scheduled to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius.