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Ngozi Couldnít Have Done it Better for Us
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Dec 3, 2014, 17:06
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A little under three years ago, when Nigeriaís Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, lost her bid to be the next World Bank President, many West Africans were peeved that a financial guru like Ngozi could be jumped over by President Obama and Co. for a Ďmereí medical doctor like Dr. Jim Yong Kim. This especially as Dr. Kim by then, was unknown in World financial circles but more known for his expertise in infectious diseases. How could a medical doctor be chosen to lead the World Bank? We shook our heads in protest and dismay.

 

Without wasting time as we want to keep this short, let ustoday  state unequivocally that what Dr. Jim Yong Kim has been able to pull off so far in not only raising our Ebola crisis to the fore of world consciousness, but ensuring it is kept alive in the consciousness of those who might want to forget, is a hard act for anyone else to beat.

 

The World Bank President who is arriving in our country today, has made our crisis into his crisis. On our behalf, he has gone extra miles and it is now very usual for the World to see him emotionally writing and speaking on our behalf against the terrible Ebola Outbreak waging war on our poverty-ridden, healthcare-insufficient countries.

 

Dr. Kim has reinforced the World Bankís supposed mandate of focusing on poverty and health issues. Dr. Kim has restored confidence in the World Bank inside the hearts of many West Africans. The good doctor has been unrelenting in his support for our dying citizens and so for all he has done and continues to do for us, we remain eternally grateful to the medical doctor who was chosen over our African sister to head World Bank.

 

We love Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala but the truth is that she could not have done it better than Dr. Kim is now doing it.

 

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, you are welcomed to Sierra Leone.

 

We simply could not have a better brother stating our case out in Diaspora. You are welcomed to a country which adopts you!!


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