Many Nigerian women have been able to challenge the societal norm of being only housewives, as well as the long-held belief that "girl child education ends inside the kitchen." From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a profile novelist, writer, and acclaimed feminist, to Ngozi okonjo Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, and a slew of other women who have defied these stereo by defying all odds in their quest to change things for the better.
Arunma Oteh is one of these women; she was born in Abia State and holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She graduated with honors from the University of Nigeria Nsukka with a bachelor's degree in computer science before advancing her education abroad. Arunma continued her studies at Harvard Business School, earning a master's degree in Business Administration.
From 2015 to 2018, Arumma Oteh served as the World Bank's treasurer and vice president. As vice president, Arumma Oteh oversaw the World Bank Group's US$200 billion debt portfolio, as well as an asset portfolio worth more than US$200 billion for 65 external clients, comprising international banks, pension plans, and sovereign wealth funds.
Oteh left the World Bank in late 2018 to become a St Antony's College and Oxford University academic scholar, as well as an administrator at Saïd Business School. She has received numerous internatonal awards and accolades.
Arunma Oteh, like other Nigerian women of Igbo descent, appears to be at the forefront of challenging social norms of what a woman ought to be. Not only that, but they also go on to obtain awards and appointments that few Nigerian men have ever received.
Jingdong Hua currently fills Arunma Oteh's position as vice president and treasurer. However, you may be excited to know that Sandie Okoro, a British/Nigerian woman, currently holds the position of senior vice-president. She is the position's first black female occupant. She's the first black woman to hold this role.
In conclusion, the Igbos have proven to be a formidable force in the fight for woman and girl child education.
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