Today, we celebrate some Nigerian thinkers for their giant strides and outstanding contributions to our country through literature, political engagements, the formulation of economic policies and condemnation of corruption and other obstacles to development.
Great Nigerian Thinkers
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Dr. Okonjo has served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria from 2003-2006 and from 2011-2015. She was the Managing Director of the World Bank from 2007-2011. She chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the African Risk Capacity (ARC). She is also a Senior Adviser at Lazard.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is renowned as the first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency of the World Bank Group in 2012.
Her driving idea: African countries can’t hope to develop economically until they get their institutions in order.
Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Achebe is also one of our great thinkers because he practically forced Africa to confront its demons through his Literature works. A giant of contemporary African writers for more than half a century, Achebe is still best known for his 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart, which drew on oral traditions to tell the story of a Nigerian village transformed by colonialism and Western-imposed Christianity.
Chimamanda is a great thinker because she defied stereotypes in two continents. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
Chukwuma Charles Soludo serves as Chairman and Director of Nigerian Security Printing And Minting PLC. Prof. Soludo served as Chairman of the Board of African Finance Corporation. He served as Governor and Chairman of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He has worked at the World Bank both as a short and long-term consultant since 1993 and also at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa. He was a consultant to UNCTAD; European Union (EU); Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); United Nations (UN) New York;
Is a Nigerian intellectual and writer. The first African Nobel laureate in literature,
excellent playwright, poet and novelist and a vocal critic of Nigerian politics.
He writes in English and his literary language is marked by great scope and richness of words.
He bases his writing on the mythology of his tribe and has written lots of poems, play, short stories and others.