Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Talks About Her Painful Childhood and Worst Moments
Do you know that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala started cooking at age 5? The powerful women is no stranger to Nigerians because of the numerous roles she had played as a Minister of Finance recently open up to her private life .
She had passed through a lot of challenges especially when her mother was kidnapped and she was asked to resign and we must not forget that she implemented a number of policies that earned her a lot of enemies.
Ngozi was listed as one of the top 20 influential women in the world by Forbes, hear what she got to say about that “I have trouble seeing myself as a world leader. But when I get up in the morning, I do not think about this, I wonder how to solve the next problem. I grew up in a village in southern Nigeria where I grew up to 8 and a half years with my grandmother.”
She added “My parents were scholarship students in Germany and did not have enough money for me to take with them. I learned how to live. I would go get wood, water etc. At 5, I knew how to cook. This life has given me strength and a strong character. The other experience from my childhood is the Biafran war (1967-1970). My parents lost everything. I knew what it was to have nothing more.”
Her worst moment “I told the president that we would stop paying(subsidy). What happened? They kidnapped my mother, 83 years. During the first three days, their only demand was my resignation. I was supposed to go on television and announce my resignation. This was one of the worst moments of my life. Can you imagine what happens in your head if you have to be responsible for the death of your mother? I will not go into details, but you must understand that in a country like this… in the fight against corruption, we must be prepared to pay a personal price. My father asked me not to resign. The president asked me not to resign. At the end, everyone began looking for her, and the kidnappers released her”?