Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was educated at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an A.B. in 1977, and earned her Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is married - her husband is from Umuahia, Abia State - and they have four children. The eldest, Onyinye Iweala received her Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Harvard University in 2008 and graduated Harvard Medical School in 2010. Her son, Uzodinma Iweala, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Beasts of No Nation (2005)
Honors and awards
Time Europe Hero 2004
This Day Nigeria Minister of the Year 2004
Euromoney Magazine Global Finance Minister of the year 2005
Financial Times/The Banker African Finance Minister 2005
Nigerian of the Year 2006.
Honorary Doctorate from Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.
Honorary Doctorate from Colby College, Maine, USA.
Honorary Doctorate from Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica.
Honorary Doctorate from Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA.
Additionally, on September 28, 2007, Irish musician Bono was awarded the Liberty Medal. Bono donated the $100,000 prize to the Washington-based Debt AIDS Trade Africa, which he co-founded, and Okonjo-Iweala accepted the award on the organization's behalf