Former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa and leading voice on the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, was on Tuesday conferred with a honorary degree by the University of Essex, England, United Kingdom, a statement by RED Media has said.
The former minister of education was honoured for her work in promoting transparency and accountability in government and lending a voice to the importance of the office of the citizen in a country like Nigeria.
“This is a humbling experience, I consider this so inspiring of the work that have done so far in my career and the University of Essex being one of the top universities in the world, values match those of the university and my father inspired me to be diligent and continue to learn till I reach my goal in life,” said Mrs Ezekwesili while addressing Essex Business School graduates at the ceremony.
Professor Neil Kellard, Head of the Finance Group at Essex Business School, paid tribute to Oby saying: “We celebrate today a woman who pushes political and ideological boundaries for education and equality. We celebrate today a woman who challenges corruption and encourages transparency.”
Mrs Ezekwesili is a staunch advocate for active citizenship and a leading voice in sensitizing the government on the plight of the abducted Chibok girls.
About Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili, as she is fondly called, was at different times Minister of Minerals and Minister of Education under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 2nd term.
She is a past Vice-President of the World Bank where she delivered economic policy advisory, worth over $40Billion in finance and as well as convening partnerships for 46 African countries in support of their economic and social development programs. She is reputed to be the first woman selected for the National Honour of Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2006.
She is currently a Senior Economic Advisor with the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) where she advises Presidents of African countries and their cabinets on economic development strategy, policies and
Mrs. Ezekwesili is also co-founder of Transparency international, the global anti-corruption NGO. A leading voice in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, she is a sought after speaker at international conferences and an advocate for good governance.