Nigeria Women Continue to Shine Positive Light on Nigeria as a Nation of People With Skills, Brilliant Minds, and Great Managers.
Even as the Nigerian nation continues to struggle through economic recession while battling a trend of negative political and leadership challenges, more Nigerian women continue to excel in their fields and paint a picture of Nigeria as a country with some of the brightest minds, skills, and good managers. These women have either been elevated to world portfolio status or recognized for their continuous effort and management to help bring growth and progress to African countries and global institutions, or excelled among their peers as champions.
Amina Mohammed, who had previously served as special adviser to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, has just been appointed as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) by António Guterres, the incoming UN’s secretary-general. Sandie Okoro, who had previously been serving as the Global General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management, and also as Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management and a member of the Executive Management Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management, was recently appointed by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kimtoday as World Bank Group Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ngozie Okonjo -Iweala who served as Managing Director at the World bank before serving two terms as Nigeria’s Minister Of Finance was recently awarded the National honors of two African countries Cote D' Ivoire and Liberia by the Presidents of both countries. Few months ago (June 2016), a Nigerian, Pearlena Igbokwe who previously served as the American NBC drama development head, became the first African-American president of a major Universal TV studio - when she became President of Universal Television in USA.
It will be recalled that only a few days ago, Nigeria's national female soccer team the Super Falcons won the women's Africa Cup of Nations for a record eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 in front of a capacity 40,000 crowd in Yaounde, Cameroon. The outstanding feat by these players was marred by a failure of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to pay the $23,650 owed each player after they won the trophy for the 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. It took a sit-in protest by the players from December 6 to December 19 2016 at a hotel in Abuja the capital city before the players were eventually paid what they were owed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
We salute the skill, courage, and brilliance of these women and urge them to continue making the country proud despite all odds or challenges.
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