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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Angelique Kidjo & More Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees by Yale University




Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and renowned African music superstar, Angelique Kidjo have been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Yale University.

Okonjo-Iweala was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Kidjo was awarded a Doctor of Music degree.

Yale News made the announcement.

Here is what they wrote about Okonjo-Iweala and Kidjo:

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Doctor of Humane Letters)

You are a citizen of your country, your continent, and the world. Shaped by challenging experiences during your childhood in Nigeria, you have made social and economic reform your mission. As Nigeria’s coordinating minister of economic development and minister of finance, you have tackled corruption, created a vision and path to long-term economic stability, and worked to build a culture of transparency. At the World Bank, you made food security a priority and provided policy advice and capital for the world’s poorest countries. With wisdom, a fierce dedication to doing what is right, and unflagging energy, you have transformed the economic landscape of your nation. We are proud to name you Doctor of Humane Letters.

Angélique Kidjo (Doctor of Music)

Through songs and singing, with artistry and advocacy, you have become known as one of the world’s great voices for Africa. In your music, you embrace a dazzling spectrum of genres, from traditional West African rhythms to jazz, funk, rumba, and salsa. You sing from the soul and invoke the conscience. You are a cultural and humanitarian leader. With passion, warmth, and generosity, you work tirelessly for the empowerment and education of African women and girls, and serve as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. You are a friend of Yale, and we are delighted to grant you this degree of Doctor of Music.

Okonjo-Iweala and Kidjo were two of nine individuals who received honorary doctorate degrees. The others are as follows:  Jeffrey Friedman (Doctor of Medical Sciences), Peter G. Schultz (Doctor of Science), Dean Kamen (Doctor of Engineering and Technology), Elon Musk (Doctor of Engineering and Technology), Janet Yellen (Doctor of Social Science), Peter Salovey (Doctor of Social Science), Larry Kramer (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Gayatri Spivak (Doctor of Humanities).

Photo Credit: Yale News


  1. EllesarisEllendil

    May 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Bretton Woods rewards their inside Woman.

  2. art

    May 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Dr. Angeli Kidjo
    While at home Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is receiving a barrage of insults from some Nigerians on the daily, elsewhere she’s been receiving honour and recognitions. Love or hate this woman all you want but you can’t deny the fact that she’s an asset to Nigeria.

  3. VeeOby

    May 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Well deserved Dr. Iweala. Congrats and more grease to your elbows!!

  4. nnenne

    May 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations Dr. Iweala and Dr. Kudjo.
    African women doing great things. We have no excuse any more.

  5. NIRA

    May 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Okonjo’s gele though!!!

    • tunmi

      May 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      I love it. It’s her way of representing

  6. cheryl

    May 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    d gele made me to open d post, her gele is outta dis world, all d same, congrats maami, more feathers to ur already beautiful cap mama..

  7. JULIE

    May 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Her gele no dey carry last, Lol

  8. Sexxy o

    May 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Na wa o. MADAM carry gele even for honorary degree pose. She needs to learn how to tie other styles bikonu.


    May 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    And we are here insulting her when others are uplifting and celebrating her.

  10. Passerby

    May 20, 2015 at 2:45 am

    People have many sides to their personality . People won’t just insult her for nothing. There is no smoke without fire. Afterall the same Nigerians who act unruly in their country will go abroad and act orderly and obey their rules.
    It seems Nigeria brings out the worst in people. She is no saint, no one is perfect anyway, but no doubt she is a brilliant achiever who is well connected in the international community.

  11. Lisa Mutiu

    May 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    We live in a country where women leadership is seen as a taboo, a vice and a sacrilege. To some people it is a crime for a woman to even be educated. Has anyone ever wondered why once women are given important positions, they suddenly become an object of public criticisms? This is the case with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Thank you Yale for your recognition.

    • Fact

      May 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Lisa don’t be defensive nobody criticized the NAFDAC boss Dora Akunyili. Let’s be objective and not be clouded by sentiment. When you’re a leader, criticism comes with the package to keep you on your toes and its both men and women leaders that get criticized. I’m a woman too by the way and I agree that it’s a man’s world but still if u do well your work will speak for you.

  12. Lukman Adebade

    May 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I am still wondering what offence this woman had committed, save the fact that she is a woman. For the records, Dr (Mrs) Okojo-Iweala was, before her appointment as minister served in several capacities in the World Bank, yet she is still not good enough for some people in Nigeria. Some of us are like Oliver Twists, always wanting more. Yale we thank you for honouring our own, Okonjo-Iweala

    • Fact

      May 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      The problem is if you’re in a job and funny things happen that compromises your integrity the honorable thing to do is to resign. Many Nigerians with appointments love the power high they enjoy. She’s a brilliant woman but Nigeria is so corrupt it can compromise ones integrity

  13. Lukman Akindugbe

    May 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    In the area of unemployment, we need be reminded that if not for the hardwork of this great economist, many of our youths today would have been roaming the streets. Programmes like the the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programmes(SURE-P) which has components like: the Graduates Internship Scheme(GIS) to provide yearlong productive engagement for over 200,000 jobless graduates in areas like Agriculture; Information Technology; Education; Engineering and Finance.

  14. dotun

    May 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    congratulations DR Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala you a leader,a brililant one for that matter,well done and GOD bless all your endeavour

  15. temitope

    May 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    cheers Madam NOI your hard work has really paid up,please continue with the good work.stay blessed Maam

  16. Ba

    May 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Wow BN, i remembered i made comment on this post, it was approved and removed now. So i (we) can’t make our opinion abi lol. All what i typed was true. If she has done credible well, i will praise her. We have other women who have done credible well with their portfolios.

    Is left to your org to use this platform to make or mar public opinion in this country Nigeria. Glad the Nigeria forums are airing our views freely.

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