Twitter appoints Okonjo-Iweala board member

A prophet has no regard in his hometown can apply to Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was just appointed to the board of social media giant, Twitter Inc.

  On the two Nigeria’s administrations that she served, she achieved tangible economic growths – debt forgiveness during the Olusegun Obasanjo’s era and steady economic growth at seven percent of GDP while as economic coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

  One year after she exited the job of Nigeria’s finance minister and economic coordinator, the country fell into a recession which it is still recovering.

  But the Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani, said that Okonjo-Iweala would be an incredible asset for his company. 

  “Ngozi and Bob (another appointee), are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise. We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.”

  With a market capitalization of $32 billion, Twitter was recently admitted into the S&P500, which is an American stock market index that quoted the 500 most capitalized companies having common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

In her response, Okonjo-Iweala says she is thrilled by the appointment. 

 “Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I ’m thrilled to be a part of the team.

“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today ’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’ s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

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