By Henry Iheanacho
A former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has taken American citizenship, more than 30 years after studying in the nation.
Okonjo-Iweala, who is running for the office of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general, took US citizenship in 2019, Bloomberg reports.
According to Bloomberg, most of the candidates vying for the office of the DG at World Trade Organisation boast of dual citizenship, which experts say may boost their chances at getting the much-coveted job.
Amina Mohamed serves as a minister in Kenya, but she is also Somali, Jesús Seade Kuri is Mexican and Lebanese, Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh is both Swiss and Egyptian.
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Okonjo-Iweala arrived in the United States 47 years ago, schooled and worked there for over 3 decades without taking up the country’s citizenship.
She ran for the office of World Bank president in 2012 without the backing of the U.S. and lost the sit to Korean-American Jim Yong Kim.
The former World Bank Vice President holds a Bachelor’s in economics from Harvard University and Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).