Twitter appoints Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to board of directors

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Twitter appoints Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to board of directors

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Twitter Inc, a global social networking company has appointed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to sit on its board of directors.

Announcing the appointment via his confirmed twitter handle @Jack, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, stated thus: “We’re adding Ngozi (@NOIweala) and Bob (@authorzoellick) to the Twitter board. Welcome! Sadly we’re also saying farewell to our friend Marjorie (@marjscar). She’s been an amazing advocate for journalists everywhere and pushed us constantly to better inform people. Thank you M,” he posted.

Likewise, Omid Kordestani, the Executive Chairman of Twitter, stated that Mrs Okonjo-Iweala would be an incredible asset for the company in its pursuit of transparency in its global activities.

“Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise,” he said.

“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,” Omid added.

Responding to her appointment, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala said she was excited by the development and pledged to help Twitter in maximising its influence for the good of the global community.

“Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas. Thanks for the privilege, Jack,” she said.

Okonjo-Iweala who would be replacing Marjorie Scardino, also conveyed her delight to work with Robert Zoellick, one of the newly appointed member of the board of directors.

“It’s a privilege to work again with Bob. ‘Look forward to contributing to the strong and visionary future for @Twitter,” she said.

Okonjo-Iweala had served as Nigeria’s Minister at different times; she was the Coordinating Minister for the Economy (2011-015); Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006); and Minister of Finance (2003-2006).

Onifade Bello is a unionist, budding journalist, writer, satirist, librarian, information scientist and political analyst. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and author of the controversial seminal work: 'Student Unionism in Nigeria: Challenges & Strategies.' He can be reached via [email protected] or Twitter: @orlayeme.

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