Yale honours Okonjo-Iweala, Angelique Kidjo with doctorate degree

okonjo iwealaNgozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Grammy-winning African singer Angelique Kidjo have been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Yale University.

Angelique Kidjo bagged a Doctor of music degree, while Okonjo-Iweala was given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. This awards was given despite accusations of fund misappropriation  that have been filed against Okonjo-Iweala In Nigeria.

Yale University has honoured some other African leaders like Desmond Tutu and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. Okonjo-Iweala is the second Nigeria to be bestowed this honour after Wole Soyinka received the same award in 1980.

Peter Salovey, President of the University, praised Okonjo-Iweala for her efforts in battling corruption on the Nigerian soil. He further described her as a brilliant reformer and dedicated civil servant who has initiated efforts to grow Nigeria’s economy and create a fiscal transparency and discipline. Salovey said Okonjo-Iweala is a citizen of the world.

Chukuma Soludo, former chairman of the Central Bank of Nigeria, recently accused Okonjo-Iweala of manipulating the figures on the country’s economic growth. Thereby,  creating a distorted perception of economic growth.


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