Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Born: June 13, 1954
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Economist

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… perceptions of poverty have gone up because there’s been rising inequality. Poverty
At home when people go to lawmakers and induce them with trips and gifts and so on to pass legislation, it's called corruption. But in the U.S. it's actually a profession called lobbying! Corruption
In every developing country, even developed ones, vested interests prevent sectors from being reformed. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We’re in the Internet age, and so domestic politics is no longer domestic, really, It’s international. I don’t think that has quite hit our politicians. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We're doing a lot about corruption... it takes a long time and we are doing the right measures. It took 20 years for the system under successive military governments to become so corrupt, so it will take time to bring it under control. Corruption
You make progress; then you get courage to make more. Management & Managing Government
Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria's growth and development.
From 1967 to '70, Nigeria fought a war - the Nigeria-Biafra war. And in the middle of that war, I was 14 years old. We spent much of our time with my mother cooking. For the army - my father joined the army as a brigadier - the Biafran army. We were on the Biafran side. Time ;War & Peace
I believe that when you find problems, you should also find solutions.
I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime. I can also sleep on a feather bed.
I felt Nigeria didn't have to succumb to the image of being a corrupt country; we didn't have to let the economy stagnate.
I know what it means to go to the stream to fetch water... what it means when people are poor and don't have enough to eat. It's not enough to say you know about poverty. You have to live it.
If we save people from HIV/AIDS, if we save them from malaria, it means they can form the base of production for our economy.
I'm told I'm like my father, and he was the most wonderful man. But I think he was gentler than me.
I'm trying to tell you that there's a new wave on the continent. A new wave of openness and democratization in which, since 2000, more than two-thirds of African countries have had multi-party democratic elections. Not all of them have been perfect, or will be, but the trend is very clear.
My parents lost everything, all their savings, because we had to run from the Nigerian side to the Biafran side. We were Igbos.
Nigeria, with the oil sector, had the reputation of being corrupt and not managing its own public finances well. So what did we try to do? We introduced a fiscal rule that de-linked our budget from the oil price.
No one can fight corruption for Nigerians except Nigerians. Everyone has to be committed from the top to the bottom to fight it.
One in four sub-Saharan Africans is Nigerian, and it has 140 million dynamic people - chaotic people - but very interesting people.
The U.K. and the U.S. could not have been built today without Africa's aid. It is all the resources that were taken from Africa, including human, that built these countries today! So when they try to give back, we shouldn't be on the defensive.
When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala - or 'Trouble Woman.' It means 'I give you hell.' But I don't care what names they call me. I'm a fighter; I'm very focused on what I'm doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked. Business, Commerce & Finance
When it comes to doing my job, I keep my ego in my handbag.
Women account for about 70% of Africa's food production and manage a large proportion of small enterprises. They are also increasingly represented in legislative and executive leadership positions. Women ;Leaders & Leadership ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture

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