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World’s Top University Bestows Honorary Degree on a Powerful Nigerian Woman

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director General of the World Trade Organization, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director General of the World Trade Organization, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

The former Nigerian Minister of Finance shared this news along with photos on X.com on Wednesday. She wrote, “It is a great honor to be recognized today by Oxford University with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt. honoris causa).”

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The ceremony took place at the Sheldonian Theatre, followed by receptions at All Souls and St. John’s Colleges. Okonjo-Iweala mentioned that her husband and daughter were present at the event, and she took photos with other honorees.

She added, “With Chancellor Lord Christopher Patten, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Irene Tracey, and the other five honorees: Sir Michael Palin, Warren East, Sir Demis Hassabis, Professor Salim Yusuf, and Anoushka Shankar. Also with my husband, Dr. Ikemba Iweala, and my daughter, Dr. Onyii Iweala.”

Additionally, she noted her interactions with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School; Baroness Valerie Amos, Master of University College, Oxford; Mr. Hosh Ibrahim of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Sir Ian Goldin; and members of the Oxford Africa Society.

Earlier in June, Okonjo-Iweala received an honorary doctorate from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In October 2021, Luiss University in Rome, Italy, also conferred an honorary doctorate on her.

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SOURCES: ALLSCHOOL, PUNCH

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