Okonjo-Iweala, Dangote Receive Time Magazine Award In New York

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Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, who were among individuals named recently in Time Magazine annual 100 most influential people in the world, received their awards at a gala in New York on Tuesday.

The full list and related tributes appeared in the May 5 issue edition of the magazine. The minister was named in the “Leaders” category, which features presidents and prime ministers such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Shinzo Abe of Japan, Xi Jinping of China, President Barack Obama of the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nerandra Modi of India and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani.

Receiving the award, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said she was delighted to be honoured and even happier that one of the world’s acclaimed musician, Bono, wrote her citation.

“I am grateful to God that two Nigerians were recognised this year. It is wonderful for Nigeria. I see that other Africans were also recognised. So, I think it is a measure of where our continent is heading despite all our challenges,” she said.

The gala was organised by TIME to honour those that were listed as the 100 Most Influential People in the World. It also had in attendance many other high profile personalities. Now in its 11th year, the list recognises the activism, innovation and achievements of the world’s most influential individuals.

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