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.