Nigeria’s former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.

Okonjo-Iweala, leading candidate for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, joins a list of prominent Africans to have bagged the prestigious award.

In 2019, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), won the award for his sterling performance and remarkable work at the bank and also an enviable career in agriculture and finance.

Paul Kagame of Rwanda clinched the same award in 2018. Other eminent Nigerians to have bagged the award are Muhammad Sanusi II (2013), former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Aliko Dangote (2014), president of the Dangote Group.

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