Former Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and current Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and United States Vice President Kamala Harris made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2021, list.
The list which was released on Wednesday, also had the names of United State President Joe Biden, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, among others.
People considered by Times as Most Influential are those “whose ideas, example, talent, or discoveries transform the world we live in”.
Okonjo-Iweala, was listed in the leaders category alongside Kamala Harris; Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
About Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Prince Harry and Meghan wrote:
“As we face a constant barrage of vaccine misinformation, bureaucratic slowdowns across both government and industry, and the rise of variants that underscore the urgency of the situation, Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access.
“Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing. This is partly because, despite the challenges, she knows how to get things done—even between those who don’t always agree—and does so with grace and a smile that warms the coldest of rooms.”
The couple further stated that “about a quarter of the world vaccinated against COVID-19 and the globe experiencing fragility at the moment, achieving vaccine equity is a global duty of compassion for one another.
“Our hope is that guided by strong leaders like Ngozi, we can get there soon.”
Others who also made Time’s list include Naomi Osaka, Britney Spears, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Elon Musk.