Just a month after Forbes Africa, West African Correspondent, Peace Hyde’s show launch, Against the Odds; the show is set to premier Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Education Minister and convener of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign is set to feature on the first episode of Forbes Woman Africa empowerment TV show – Against The Odds.
“Against The Odds” is described as a woman-centric show featuring trend setting, radical and innovative women in various fields of business passionate about inspiring the younger generation of women to be bold and break through obstacles , thereby contributing to the narrative of growing female power on the African continent.
The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds. Against the Odds is set to premier on Friday June 30, on CNBC Africa Channel 410 on DSTV.
A statement by Forbes Woman Africa said that Ezekwesili “talks about her harrowing experience in fighting corruption in Nigeria from her early days as the co-founder of Transparency International to the shock and horror of finding out about the abduction of over 270 girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.’’
And corruption she fought in the Nigerian political terrain, which has consistently added strings of feathers in her cap.
Nicknamed “Madam Due process” for her remarkable effort in restructuring the Bureau for Public Procurement during the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Ezekwesili began a total overhaul of the Parastatal as Pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due Process Unit).
Years later the entrepreneur took up the Minister of education position in 2006, until she was appointed Vice-President, World Bank, Africa Region by then President Paul Wolfowitz to begin her tenure in May 2007. She was also a co-founder of Transparency International and served as one of its pioneer directors.
As a senior economic advisor for Open Society, a group founded by billionaire George Soros, she advises nine reform-committed African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.
On 1 October 2012, one of the world’s leading telecommunications firm, Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries, named Ezekwesili as a director on its board.
She is also on the boards of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African Magazine, The Center for Global Leadership @ Tufts University.
In May 2012, Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria.
She was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
In March 2014, she delivered a keynote speech at the national summit of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading opposition party in Nigeria at the time.
She criticized the many migrating governors and urged the party to have “a conversation deeper than how you’re going to chase (the ruling) PDP out of power”.
In the aftermath of the nearly 300 mainly Christian girls who were abducted from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Ezekwesili was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which also got Michelle Obama, United States ex-president on same campaign.
She had on 23 April, at the opening ceremony for a UNESCO event honouring the city of Port Harcourt as the 2014 World Book Capital city, urged Nigerians to not just tweet but actively participate in efforts to “bring back our girls”.
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