Harvard-educated, Former Minister of Finance and longtime World Bank economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has obtained United States citizenship. Daily Times gathered that it could boost her election for the much-coveted seat of the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
According to her spokesperson, Okonjo-Iweala had obtained American citizenship in 2019 after spending most of her career at the World Bank and living in the Washington suburbs.
Former WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo officially stepped down on Monday, and a total of eight people are vying for the position. Six men have served as director-generals since its founding in 1995. Two women — Okonjo-Iweala and Amina Mohamed of Kenya — have emerged as front-runners to succeed Azevedo.
According to Bloomberg, most of the candidates battling for the position with the Nigerian boast of dual citizenship. Although it is not a requirement for the position.
However, this affected her when she ran for the president of the World Bank in 2012 because she was not backed by the US, losing the seat to Korean-American Jim Yong Kim.
The other candidates for the position, such as Jesús Seade Kuri, is Mexican and Lebanese and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh is both Swiss and Egyptian.