Nigeria’s $30bn debt gave me grey hair – Okonjo-Iweala

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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

London – Prof.  Ngozi  Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director and Nigeria’s former Finance Minister,  says getting the Paris club to cancel the country’s debt gave her grey hair.

“This is something that cannot be reversed; getting $30billion  of debt cancelled,   leaving just $5bn at that time  took much out of me and gave me grey hair,’’ Okonjo-Iweala told the Financial Times of London.

“I am most proud of two things, first and foremost,  my children; second, the debt relief for Nigeria,’’ Okonjo-Iweala  said.

She said it was not easy  getting to the top of her career as a black woman,  adding that she worked very hard to succeed in her chosen profession.

“As a black woman, doors do not just open for you; You have to prove yourself every single day, but I love it.

“I thrive in places that are merit-based; the World Bank has been a good place for that,’’ Okonjo-Iweala said.

The World Bank Executive said she was currently working on how to mobilise more resources for the Food Security Fund as well  as assist  conflict-affected states. (NAN)

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