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Diezani Alison-Madueke: the first woman to chair the OPEC

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The entire continent should be proud of Diezani Alison-Madueke. The Nigerian minister for the Oil resources was elected on 27th November of this year in Vienna, the chairwoman of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The Minister so becomes the first woman appointed to the rotating presidency of the organization. A position occupied by men since its creation in 1960.

The new chairwoman will officially take function as from 1st January 2015 and for a duration of one year.

Born on 6th December 1960 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke joined in 1992, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria as manager of the Unit for the Project of the Division of the real estate development in Lagos.

In 2002, she received the foreign prestigious British Chevening grant and of the Commonwealth that helped her to obtain an MBA in 2003.

In 2006, she became the first woman chief executive officer for SPDC; a post that will then propel her towards governmental responsibilities.

Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke thus held three important federal ministerial posts in the government of the Federal republic of Nigeria: Minister for Transport from 2007 to 2008; Minister for Mines and steel in the development between 2008 and 2010; and the first woman honorable Minister of Nigeria for the oil resources from 2010 to date.

She also was the first woman to obtain an honorary doctorate in the management sciences.

Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is married with the commodore, Alison Madueke. She has children and grandchildren.


Original text by: Blaise AKAME

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