From Ogwashi-Ukwu to Abia state southern Nigeria, relatives of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the tear rubber World Trade Organization Director General, is celebrating her appointment as a first in Africa.
There are some correct facts about the man in the life of the first woman to be WTO’s Director General [Ikemba Iweala – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s husband].
Dr. Ikemba Iweala hails from Umuahia, the capital of Abia State while his wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is originally from Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State. Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala father, Professor Benjamin Kachukwu Okonjo until his death, was a traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State.
Ikemba Iweala’s early education was in Nigeria, from his primary to his university education. His early medical training was at the University of Ibadan. He also completed his compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the centre physician in Rural Health Center, Igbaja in Kwara State, Nigeria.
He complete his training in General Surgery/Trauma and Neurosurgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester and various other hospitals in England.
Throwback photos of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her husband Ikemba Iweala, when they were dating.
He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. After he completed his training, he practiced a bit at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and worked at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, he became a clinical instructor in Emergency Medicine at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.
Dr. Ikemba Iweala is a philanthropist and he is the chairman of the IKE Foundation at Autism (IFA), a non-profit and non-governmental organization he established in 2008. The organisation’s goal is to help people living with autism spectrum disorder and related needs to achieve their full potential and live productive lives.
Dr. Ikemba Iweala marriage to Ngozi is blessed with four children; a daughter, Onyinye Iweala and three sons, Uzodinma Iweala, Okechukwu Iweala and Uchechi Iweala. Onyinye is an assistant professor of medicine at the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology.
Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning author and medical doctor. His first novel, ‘Beasts of No Nation’, came out in 2005 and Harper Perennial publish it. Cary Fukunga used the novel as a film where he was Agu and Idris Elba as the commander in the movie. The movie was premiered on Netflix on October 16, 2015.
Okechukwu Iweala is a graduate of Social Studies from the prestigious Harvard University. Uchechi Iweala is a Orthopedic surgeon and spine surgery specialist in Catonsville, Columbia and Eldersburg.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has spoken loudly that being the first female African head of World Trade Organization, is a great pleasure and wants to do things differently for WTO. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will formally resume work on 1st March, 2021 at Genève Switzerland.