Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Quotes on African Development and Corruption

I’ve compiled some of the most popular Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quotes.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist, fair trade leader, environmental sustainability advocate, human welfare champion, sustainable finance maven, and global development specialist. She was born on June 13, 1954.

Okonjo-Iweala has been the World Trade Organization‘s Director-General since March 2021. Notably, she is the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

She serves on the boards of several organizations, including Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, MINDS: Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation, R4D: Results for Development, ARC: African Risk Capacity, and Earthshot Prize.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Quotes

  1. “I believe that when you find problems, you should also find solutions.”

2. “No one can fight corruption for Nigerians except Nigerians. Everyone has to be committed from the top to the bottom to fight it.”

3. “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.”

4. “Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria’s growth and development.

5. “One in four sub-Saharan Africans is Nigerian, and it has 140 million dynamic people – chaotic people – but very interesting people.”

 6. “Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream is even smarter economics.”

7. “When it comes to doing my job, I keep my ego in my handbag.”

8. “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.”

9. “standing here saying that those who miss the boat now, will miss it forever. So if you want to be in Africa, think about investing.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quotes

10. “The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping create jobs.”

 11. “When you save the life of anyone, a farmer, a teacher, a mother, they are contributing productively into the economy.”

12. “Africa is a continent of many countries, not one country. If we are down to three or four conflicts, it means that there are plenty of opportunities to invest in stable, growing, exciting economies where there’s plenty of opportunities.”

13. “suggested to the president that he might make the case to the international community that their support to solve pressing economic problems in Nigeria would yield the country a much needed “democracy dividend” after decades of military rule.”

14. “Today, the European Union is busy transferring aid. If they can build infrastructure in Spain, roads, highways … why do they refuse to use the same aid to build the same infrastructure in our countries?”

15. “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.”

16. “There was a need to build trust, team spirit, and a sense of shared purpose.”

My favorite Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quotes are, “I believe that when you find problems, you should also find solutions.” and “Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigerias growth and development.”

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