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THE ROLE MODELS SERIES — THE NIGERIAN WOMAN SERIES – THE COUNTRY’S HIDDEN RESOURCES: Nigeria has never been short of women of brain and brawn – women who could look their male professional colleagues eye-balls to eye-balls and stand shoulder-to-shoulder without being intellectually or professionally ruffled. Several brave, daring, courageous and pleasant personalities of the female gender who are role models by virtue of their contributions to societal and national developments have been produced by Nigeria in the past few decades.  And it is highly remarkable that successful women in Nigeria have continued to be submissive to their husbands at home out of respect for Nigeria’s cultural and religious beliefs that any family unit without a head or leader would crash.  One of these ‘First Class’ women is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a two-term Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Finance; with the second tenure attracting to her Finance portfolio the position of the Coordinator of the Economy. That position was a powerful one. Ngozi has adorned many caps and flown Nigeria’s flag at international fora. The latest is her appointment as a member of the newly-established External Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund  (IMF), as announced by the Managing Director of the IMF, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva.  Okonjo-Iweala, who is the Board Chairperson of GAVI Alliance, was appointed alongside some other eminent persons from around the world, drawn from their high-level policy, market, and private sector experience. An IMF statement revealed that Georgieva convened the new external advisory group to provide perspectives from around the globe on key developments and policy issues, including policy responses to the exceptional challenges the world now faces due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and its economic impact. A few weeks ago, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was appointed by South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, into the country’s Economic Advisory Council, in response to the challenges to the economy of South Africa that recently slumped into its second recession in two years.                                                                                           SETTING LEADERSHIP EXAMPLES: Sometimes, you meet a personality once only for you to have a lasting impression in positive terms. Ngozi’s contributions to economic development in Nigeria might not be fully appreciated as it should. As the saying goes: ‘’A prophet has no honour in his country’’ Ngozi came into the Olusegun Obasanjo regime in 2003, as the first female Minister of Finance. She spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club of creditors that led to wiping out…

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