Nigerians Shaping The World; Where They are and What They Do

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 / 11:04AM / By by Ottoabasi Abasiekong for WebTV / Header Image Credit: Ecographics

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Nigeria Africa's largest economy is shaping global affairs with its export of human capital. Top ranking executives in different spheres of life are increasingly noted to be of Nigerian extraction; Nigerians are equally stepping up to global prominence in the areas  of sports, entertainment, science, and mass communication.


Economists, analysts, and experts believe it is no longer the crude oil natural resources, but the human resources that are transforming the global economy.


From Entertainment & Arts, Science and Technology, Governance/Diplomacy, Manufacturing & Design, Investments & Finance and


It is therefore not surprising that Nigerians over time have continued to play critical roles in global affairs, achieving great strides.


Beginning from Entertainment & Arts the nation is identified with stars like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Afro-Beat Musician, Late, Nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021), Henry Olusegun Adeola a.k.a Seal (UK Citizen and Grammy Award winner-1996), Anthony Joshua (World Boxing Champion, UK Citizen),  Sade Adu(Music, UK Citizen), David Oyelowo(Actor-US Citizen), John Boyega (Actor-US Citizen), Hakeem Olajuwon(NBA-Basketball Star, US Citizen), amongst others.


In other fields Phillip Emeagwali (ICT-US Citizen), Engr. Patrick Usoro (Auto Manufacturing -US Citizen), Jelani Aliu (Auto Manufacturing-US Citizen), Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu (Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Team member-US Citizen) have made strides in Science, Research, Manufacturing design, and Technology.


In broadcasting and media, the likes of Femi Oke (Al-Jazeera TV), Victor Oladokun (Former Christian Broadcasting Network Anchor-US Citizen), Arit Okpo (CNN), and  Zain Asher (CNN-US Citizen).


Bayo Ogunlesi (Global Investment Banker- US Citizen) and Masai Ujiri (Investor-Canadian Citizen) changed the narrative by investing in 3 UK airports and the Toronto Raptors respectively.


Nigeria's human capital is laying shining trails in the Diaspora and establishing quality leadership in different international organizations globally.


A short-list of people of Nigerian descent in leadership positions around the world would include the following persons:

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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - DG, WTO

The former finance, foreign affair, and coordinating minister of the economy under the administrations of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan respectively, made history by emerging the first African and woman to lead the World Trade Organization.


Mrs. Amina Mohammed - Deputy Secretary-General, UN

The former environment minister under President Muhammadu Buhari's administration is the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General working with Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Gutteres.


Dr. Mohammed Barkindo - Secretary General, OPEC

The former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (2009-2010), Dr. Mohammed Barkindo is the 28th Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. Since its emergence in 2016 Dr. Barkindo has been working assiduously to coordinate the activities of OPEC as regards production and has even brokered agreements with the OPEC+ group with members like Russia.


Dr Akinwunmi Adesina - President, AFDB

He served as the former Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Nigeria under the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Dr. Adesina is currently serving a second term on the job as the President of the African Development Bank, AFDB.


Prof. Benedict Oramah - President, AFREXIM

Professor Benedict Oramah just like Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina is serving a second term as President of the Africa Export-Import Bank, AFREXIM. He is currently driving the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement(AFCFTA).


Adewale Adeyemo - Assistant Treasury Secretary, USA

Mr. Wale Adeyemo is the Assistant Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. Adeyemo will be working directly with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to coordinate America's fiscal policy. He is a strong advocate of "Multilateralism" and fondly called by President Joe Biden "Wally".


Enoh T. Ebong - Acting DG, USTDA

Ms. Enoh Ebong is the new Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency. She will be saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the activities of an agency that partners with the U.S. private sector to develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in emerging economies while supporting U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services.

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