#WomanCrushWednesday- The bold and inspiring Oby Ezekwesili
Many Nigerians got to know Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili through her advocacy work for the return of the kidnapped Chibok girls, #BringBackOurGirls
Before Oby began her campaign for the Chibok Girls she had served Nigeria under different sectors. Oby started off as the Pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due Process Unit under President Olusegun Obasanjo. She did her work so well that she was nicknamed “Madam Due Process.” She then served as the Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005 and Minister of Education in 2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Since then, she has served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012, a member of the board of directors of Bharti Airtel, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African magazine, and The Center for Global Leadership @ Tufts University. She is a co-founder of Transparency International a global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany.
Oby Ezekwesili holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She trained with the firm of Deloitte and Touche and qualified as a chartered accountant. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 2012, and was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
She has declared her intention to run for President in 2019 against Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential aspirant.
Listen to her talk about why she is running for the President