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Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses for a picture at her home in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington DC, minutes before she is confirmed Monday as the first woman and first African leader of the beleaguered World Trade Organization,on February 15, 2021. - The WTO has called a special general council meeting at which the former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran was formally selected as the global trade body's new director-general. US President Joe Biden strongly swung behind her candidacy shortly after the only other remaining contender, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, pulled out.

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When the WTO announced on its Twitter handle that the former Nigerian Finance Minister had won the General Council's unanimous backing, tears cascaded down my plump cheeks. The process of her confirmation was long and labyrinthine, a function of the trade body's somewhat arcane laws that require unanimity among the influential members.

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