Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes TIME Magazine’s Photo Cover, Listed Among 100 Most Influential People Globally
World-Economist, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a former Nigerian federal minister who hails from the Eastern region of the country. She has to her name, several global recognitions, and presently heads the World Trade Organisation, WTO. Ngozi has just been listed among 100 most influential people across the globe by the TIMES Magazine, including making the magazine’s photo cover.
Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are the founders of Archewell wrote the below introduction note for cover :
“What will it take to vaccinate the world? Unity, cooperation—and leaders like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
As the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, a 164-member group of nations that oversees trade across the world, Okonjo-Iweala took on the role of director-general this March at a watershed moment for our global health and well-being. Make no mistake, her job affects every person, family and community.
As we face a constant barrage of vaccine misinformation, bureaucratic slowdowns across both government and industry, and the rise of variants that underscore the urgency of the situation, Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access. Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing. This is partly because, despite the challenges, she knows how to get things done—even between those who don’t always agree—and does so with grace and a smile that warms the coldest of rooms.
The fragility of our world right now cannot be overstated. Just over a quarter of the nearly 8 billion global population is fully vaccinated. Achieving vaccine equity is a global duty of compassion for one another. Our hope is that guided by strong leaders like Ngozi, we can get there soon. “
And Okonjo-Iweala thanked TIME for the selection and the royal couple for the introduction note : “Honored and privileged to be on the cover of Time Magazine and to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Influential Leaders! Profound thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their kind words. All Glory to God! “