Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the immediate past Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria. The daughter of a first-class king in Delta State, South-South Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala was managing director of the World Bank; and in Nigeria, at different times held positions as Finance Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister. She shared a remarkable story with billionaire businessman Richard Branson who first met her in 2014 at Davos during the World Economic Forum meeting. Richard Branson later penned an article on Virgin.Com.
At the time of their meeting, Richard Branson and Okonjo-Iweala discussed her childhood story during the Civil War; her position on human rights, especially as regards gay rights. She made it clear to Richard Branson that she’s uncomfortable with Nigeria’s anti-gay laws. In his words, “Ngozi told me she has faith that democracy will reign supreme in the end – something I hope rings true, as more distressing news surfaces on the issue. I asked her the very personal question: if any of your children were born gay would you love them any less? She responded that it would make no difference to her.”