Oby Ezekwesili is the popular name given to Obiageli Ezekwesili, who served as a former vice-president of the African Area of the World Bank (2007-2012). She has held the position of Minister in Nigeria on two separate occasions, and she even ran for president during Nigeria’s election for president in 2019, however, she withdrew from the race in January 2019.
Oby Ezekwesili is a highly motivated individual who is committed to advancing accountability, good governance, and openness within the government. During the time that she served as Minister in Nigeria, she was the driving force behind a number of important economic and financial changes.
Obiageli Kathryn Ezekwesili is her full name; however, she is more commonly referred to by her nickname, Oby Ezekwesili. She was born on April 28, 1963 in Lagos State, Nigeria. Her father, Benjamin Ujubuonu, who passed away in 1988, and her mother, Cecilia Nwayiaka Ujubuonu, are the parents of six children, and she is the first of those children.
Oby Ezekwesili spent her childhood in Lagos, where she had her primary and secondary education respectively from African One Primary School in Ajegunle and United Christian College in Apapa. Her undergraduate education was completed at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, and she subsequently earned a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos. After that, Oby Ezekwesili continued her education in a foreign country and ultimately earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
At the time when President Olusegun Obasanjo was in office, she was the first person to hold the position of Head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit, also known as the Due Process Unit. Her outstanding performance in this position led to her being given the nickname “madam due process.” She was the Chairwoman of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative from 2004 through 2007 and served during that time (NEITI)
She was given the position of Minister of Solid Minerals in the year 2005. (Mines and Steel). She played an important role in the creation of policies that led to Nigeria being recognized on a global scale as a credible location for mining investment. She was the first person to propose the legislation that would become the Bureau for Public Procurement and the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Act.
The following year, she was appointed to the position of Federal Minister of Education, where she made numerous contributions, such as refocusing the Education Ministry on the achievement of Education for All (EFA) targets and Millennium Development Goals; introducing the Public-Private Partnership models for education service delivery, etc.
Paul Wolfowitz, who was the President of the World Bank at the time, gave her the position of Vice President of the World Bank for the Africa Region in March of 2007. She held this position from May 2007 till May 2012 inclusively. During her tenure, she made significant strides toward advancing Africa’s economic interests and oversaw a lending portfolio with a total value of more than $40 billion.
She has been married to Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili, who serves as a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), and the couple has been blessed with three kids. Chinemelum, Chinweuba, and Chidera are the beautiful names she has given to her three kids.
Oby Ezekwesili does not brag about her expensive cars on any of her social media accounts. On the other hand, because of the global positions and offices she holds, we speculate that she possesses regular luxurious cars.