As congratulatory messages are pouring in for Nigeria’s former finance minister and front runner for the position of the World Trade Organisation Director- General, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, DG of the World Health Organization(WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says she deserved the Forbes ‘African Of The Year’ award.
His tweet on Friday, came after Okonjo-Iweala, on Tuesday, bagged the award for her role in coordinating the fight against covid-19 in Africa.
“Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala as the Chair of Gavi is leading the charge for the equitable distribution of the coveted Covid-19 vaccine in Africa when it arrives. Also a finalist and frontrunner in the race to become the next DG of the World Trade Organization, she is well-positioned to change the narrative of trade,” Forbes had said.
On his part, Adhanom stressed that she merits such recognition for contributing to make Africa a better place.
“Congratulations, my sister, @NOIweala, on this great and so well-deserved recognition. Thank you for all you do to make our Africa and the world healthier, fairer and safer! I am so grateful for your championing of the ACT-Accelerator and need to #ACTogether!,” he tweeted.
Reacting to the development, Okonjo-Iweala stated that the African situation is motivating her to give her best to her generation.
“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health and economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspires me!,” she had tweeted.