Following a rigorous competition between Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea and the removal of five other candidates at various stages,
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was elected Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
The resurgence of Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the WTO makes her the first African to handle the office,
as well as the first woman ever to occupy the WTO Director-General’s office since its establishment in 1995.
In July, Nigeria substituted its original nominee, Yonov Frederick Agah, with Okonjo-Iweala, and this proposal was challenged by Egypt and the African Union (AU) legal advisor,
claiming that the candidacy period had stopped, but the WTO stated that Okonjo-Iweala needed only the support of Nigeria, not the AU.
She was one of three Africans who challenged for the position, Amina Mohamed of Kenya failed in the second round,
while Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt the first being, was defeated in the first round.
The European Union tossed its strength behind it a few days before Okonjo-Iweala was chosen,
while there were indications that the United States wanted Myung-hee to become Director General of the WTO.
However, several press releases have now surfaced that Okonjo-Iweala has been voted into office as WTO Director-General by WTO delegate votes.