Kamis, 04 November 2010
Ngozi Ikonjo Iweala my new 'CooL' role model
This is what i call "Cool woman" hha....
She was the former of Finance Minister and Foreign Minister in Nigeria.Notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. Now she hold a position of Managing Director of the World Bank. World bank have 3 Managing Director,one of them are Sri Mulyani from Indonesia. Okonjo-Iweala was considered as a possible replacement for former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.
Okonjo-Iweala is an Igbo from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State where her father Professor Chukuka Okonjo is the Obi, or King, from the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Ukwu.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was educated at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an A.B. in 1977, and earned her Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is married - her husband is from Umuahia, Abia State - and they have four children. The eldest, Onyinye Iweala received her Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Harvard University in 2008 and graduated Harvard Medical School in 2010. Her son, Uzodinma Iweala, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Beasts of No Nation (2005).
She have such a brilliant track record,on October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with the Paris Club, a group of bilateral creditors, to pay a portion of Nigeria's external debt (US $12 billion) in return for an $18 billion debt write-off. Prior to the partial debt payment and write-off, Nigeria spent roughly U.S. $1 billion every year on debt servicing, without making a dent in the principal owed.
Okonjo-Iweala also introduced the practice of publishing each state's monthly financial allocation from the federal government in the newspapers. She was instrumental in helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign credit rating (of BB minus) from Fitch and Standard & Poor's. Nigeria is considered to have defaulted on its sovereign debt in 1983 (debt rescheduling is considered a type of default by rating agencies).
There was sometime, when i became a speaker in a Training for Management of Leaderships in Geological Engineering Diponegoro University, a boy asked to me, if Indonesia always have that kind of reputation (Corruption, poverty,and high inflation,why we remain struggle pursuing something for our country sake,isn't it would be the same, because we are as an engineer can't decide a policy,and the smart one at last will be go out for seeking a job.
Then, i just remember to Ngozi case, i said that, if every people within a country think like that, then our country will truly shattered, knocked Off,and nothing could be expected anymore from our youth, because its already end. But if just one people thinking like Ngozi did, whom never doubt his country arise, then finally with her hard work, he can save her country from huge chain of loan. Event at first people always underestimate her country, and see it not more than a poverty town, she never shown any despondency.
Then if there's 1000 enthusiastic youth that stay on the forefront of the development line, make sure we are there. And if just 100 youth willing to support our country advancement, then we should be there. And if just one whom sincere to doing all attempt,hard effort to study for the sake of our country bright future, ensure that it would be me