According to a statement released by the media office of the former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, she was one of the recipients of the awards given for services to humanity and for the fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS.
She reportedly received the award from two respected international advocacy groups, ONE and RED, alongside Bill & Melinda Gates, philanthropist Mo Ibrahim and former New York Mayor and media mogul, Michael Bloomberg.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala and others were handed their awards at an epoch event marking the tenth year anniversary of the advocacy groups.
The presence of former United States President Bill Clinton, and current Vice President Joe Biden was well noted at the gala. The event was compeered by the popular comedian and presenter of CNN, Trevor Noah.
Okonjo-Iweala remarked, “I thank ONE and (RED) for this recognition. It is an inspiration to work harder on the issues of social and economic development that have always been my passion. I’m also grateful to my country for the opportunities to serve. I will always be proud to be a Nigerian.”
ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
It was co-founded by Bono, to raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency so governments are accountable to their citizens.
ONE works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and economic development. ONE’s work is strictly politically non-partisan.
(RED) was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to make it easy for people and businesses to join the fight against the deadly virus.
Throughout the past decade, (RED) has raised more than $320 million with the help of companies like Apple and Coca Cola towards the fight against HIV.