Quotes by: Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

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From 1967 to '70, Nigeria fought a war - the Nigeria-Biafra war. And in the middle of that war, I was 14 years old. We spent much of our time with my mother cooking. For the army - my father joined the army as a brigadier - the Biafran army. We were on the Biafran side.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
I'm told I'm like my father, and he was the most wonderful man. But I think he was gentler than me.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
No one can fight corruption for Nigerians except Nigerians. Everyone has to be committed from the top to the bottom to fight it.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
I felt Nigeria didn't have to succumb to the image of being a corrupt country; we didn't have to let the economy stagnate.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Nigeria, with the oil sector, had the reputation of being corrupt and not managing its own public finances well. So what did we try to do? We introduced a fiscal rule that de-linked our budget from the oil price.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
The U.K. and the U.S. could not have been built today without Africa's aid. It is all the resources that were taken from Africa, including human, that built these countries today! So when they try to give back, we shouldn't be on the defensive.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime. I can also sleep on a feather bed.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
My parents lost everything, all their savings, because we had to run from the Nigerian side to the Biafran side. We were Igbos.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala - or 'Trouble Woman.' It means 'I give you hell.' But I don't care what names they call me. I'm a fighter; I'm very focused on what I'm doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Women account for about 70% of Africa's food production and manage a large proportion of small enterprises. They are also increasingly represented in legislative and executive leadership positions.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
I know what it means to go to the stream to fetch water... what it means when people are poor and don't have enough to eat. It's not enough to say you know about poverty. You have to live it.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
If we save people from HIV/AIDS, if we save them from malaria, it means they can form the base of production for our economy.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
One in four sub-Saharan Africans is Nigerian, and it has 140 million dynamic people - chaotic people - but very interesting people.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
I'm trying to tell you that there's a new wave on the continent. A new wave of openness and democratization in which, since 2000, more than two-thirds of African countries have had multi-party democratic elections. Not all of them have been perfect, or will be, but the trend is very clear.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria's growth and development.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
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