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Allen, Fidelis  (2012) Implications of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Candidacy for Civil Society in Africa.  : 1-9.

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy for next president of the World Bank (WB) has raised numerous comments in the media. It received mixed reactions but mostly endorsement from,the Economist, New York Times, past executives of the bank and governments of South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and Ethiopia. Sections of civil society have also been speaking out in her favour and against her. But what do we know about her? What is the implication of her candidacy for Nigeria, the civil society and Africa? Chances of her winning are very slim, and given her status quo role, it will not make any difference whether or not she wins. Her credentials as an orthodox or conservative economist, her many years as an executive of the Bank and her roles as Finance Minister and coordinating Minister of Nigeria’s economy, imposing neoliberal institutional reforms, are enough reasons to call off celebrations and prayers for an African president of the Bank this time.

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