Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Biography: Achievements, Family, Others


Ngozi okonjo-iweala. Photo credit: The Guardian

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (ng-GOH-zi ock-ON-joh ee-WAY-luh) is a Nigerian-American economist, international development expert, and diplomat with over 40 years of experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. 

She has held several prominent positions, including the first female Minister of Finance of Nigeria (2003-2006 and 2011-2015), Managing Director of the World Bank (2007-2012), and the first woman and first African to be appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2021.

She is the seventh director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala serves on the boards of several esteemed organizations, including Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, MINDS: Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation, R4D: Results for Development, ARC: African Risk Capacity and Earthshot Prize, among others. 

In the past, she was also a member of the Twitter Board of Directors but resigned in February 2021 to take up her current position as Director General of the World Trade Organization.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has had a successful and impressive career as a development economist and has held various high-level positions in both the Nigerian government and international organizations. 

She was the first Nigerian woman to serve two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria and was even named Global Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney in 2005. 

Currently, she serves as a non-resident distinguished fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution and is a Commissioner Emeritus and Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a daring and powerful woman. She has dedicated her career to promoting economic growth, reducing poverty, and empowering women and girls around the world. 

She has also broken many records and bagged many awards and accolades. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a woman worth emulating. She inspires the youth, especially young girls to be whoever they want to become.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Profile Summary

Full NameNgozi Okonjo Iweala
Pronunciationng-GOH-zi ock-ON-joh ee-WAY-luh
Date of birth13 June 1954
Age69 Years Old (As of 2023)
State of OriginDelta State
CitizenshipNigeria and US
ParentsChukwuka Okonjo, Kamene Okonjo
SiblingsNjide, Ifechukwude, and Onyema.
HusbandIkemba Iweala
ChildrenUzodimma, Uchechi, Onyinyechi and Okechukwu
OccupationDirector-general of the World Trade Organization. 
Net worth$500 Million

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Early Life

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was born on June 13, 1954, in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta state, Nigeria,[1]  into the family of  Chukwuka Okonjo, her father, who is an accomplished economist and mathematician who served as the Obi (traditional ruler) of the Obahai royal house. Her mother, Kamene Okonjo, is a prominent academic who specializes in sociology[2].

Apart from Ngozi Okono-Iweala, they had three other children, Njide, Ifechukwude, and Onyema.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spent most part of her formative age in her hometown with her grandmother, while her parents were studying in Germany.[2] 

Her father passed away in 2019 at the age of 91 and her mother is still alive and continues to inspire many through her work and teachings. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s parents played a big role in her success story. When she was young, she always went to join her Father in his study room, joining him to read books and allowing him to guide her. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her parents. Photo credit: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Facebook

Generally, her upbringing and family background played a significant role in shaping her values and worldview.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Age

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala born on 13 June 1954, is 69 years old as of 13 June 2023.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Educational Background

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had her primary education at Queen’s School in Enugu, and secondary education at St Anne’s School and International School, both in Ibadan, Oyo state.[3] 

In 1973, she traveled to the United States of America to study  Economics at Harvard University. In 1976, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with an AB.

In 1978, she earned a master’s degree in City planning. She further earned a Ph.D. in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 supported by an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from 21 universities worldwide including Yale University, Amherst College, Colby College, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands,  University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics and Political Science, Tel Aviv University,  Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, University of Dublin’s Trinity College, Brown University, and a host of Nigerian universities including Abia State University, Delta State University, Oduduwa University, Babcock University, Obafemi Awolowo University, and the Universities of Port Harcourt and Calabar.[3]

Okonjo-Iweala received her 20th honorary Doctorate Degree from the London School of Economics on the 7th of February 2022.

Ngozi okonjo-iweala receiving Honorary Doctor of Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science. Photo credit: @udo_okonjo: Instagram

Ngozi Okono-Iweala Career Trajectory

  • Between 1982 – 2003, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala served at the World Bank, as a development economist and vice president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. for an impressive 25 years.[2] 
  • Between 2003 – 2006, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala First served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister first under President Olusegun Obasanjo. During this period, she played a pivotal role in negotiating with the Paris Club, which led to the cancellation of US$18 billion of Nigeria’s debt, and a total write-off of US$30 billion.[4] 

In her first year, she also led efforts to improve Nigeria’s macroeconomic management, including the implementation of a fiscal rule based on oil prices. She set up a special account called the “Excess Crude Account” to save revenues generated above a reference benchmark oil price, which helped reduce macroeconomic volatility.[3] 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts were also instrumental in helping Nigeria receive its first-ever sovereign credit rating (of BB minus) from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s in 2006. She also introduced the practice of publishing revenue shares of the federal, state, and local governments from the country’s federal account, which helped increase transparency in governance at all levels.[5]

In 2006, she served only two months as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then returned to the World Bank as a Managing Director in December 2007.[6]

  • Between 2007 – 2011, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala served a second tenure at World Bank, Washington DC, assuming the second highest position of Managing Director of operations.  She oversaw the World Bank’s $81 billion operational portfolio in Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central Asia.[7] 

During her tenure, Okonjo-Iweala led several initiatives to help low-income countries during the 2008-2009 food crises and the subsequent financial crisis. She also served as the chair of the IDA replenishment in 2010, which successfully raised $49.3 billion in grants and low-interest credit for the poorest countries in the world.[8] 

Additionally, she was a member of the Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa, which was established by Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and held meetings between April and October 2008.[3] and also served on The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2009.[9]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also served on the Commission on Growth and Development (2006–2009), led by Nobel Prize winner Professor Michael Spence.[3]

  • In 2011, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was re-appointed as Nigeria’s Finance Minister for the second time from 2011 to 2015. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold this position twice.  She also served as a Coordinating Minister for the Economy under President Goodluck Jonathan. During her second term as Finance Minister, she achieved several significant milestones, including:
  • Leading reforms that enhanced transparency of government accounts and strengthened institutions against corruption, such as the implementation of the GIFMS, IPPMS, and TSA.
  • Eliminating 62,893 ghost workers from the system and saving the government about $1.25 billion through the IPPIS platform as of February 2015.
  • Stimulating the housing sector with the establishment of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Corporation in 2013.
  • Overseeing the rebasing exercise of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which saw Nigeria emerge as the largest economy in Africa.
  • Empowering women and youth with the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria Programme (GWIN) and the Youth Enterprise with Innovation Programme (YouWIN), which created thousands of jobs.
  • Enduring personal challenges, including the kidnapping of her mother, while working to sanitize Nigeria’s fuel subsidy payments.

During her first and second position as the Minister of Finance, she was a member of the International Monetary and Finance Committee of the IMF (2003-2006 and 2011-2015) and the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (2012–2013). She also co-chaired the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation with UK Secretary Justine Greening.[3]

In 2012, she was a candidate for President of the World Bank, running against former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim; if elected, she would have become the organization’s first female president.[10]

  • After leaving the government, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala took on various significant roles and responsibilities, showcasing her expertise and dedication to global development and economic growth. 

Some of her notable engagements and contributions include:

  • Membership in the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (2015–2016), chaired by Gordon Brown, and the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, established by the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (2017–2018).[3]
  •  Co-chairing the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, alongside Nicholas Stern and Paul Polman, from 2014.[3]
  • Serving as Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, from 2016 to 2020.[3]
  • Founding Nigeria’s first indigenous opinion-research organization, NOI-Polls, and establishing the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (C-SEA), a development research think-tank based in Abuja.[3]
  • Participation in UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education, chaired by Sahle-Work Zewde, and the High-Level Council on Leadership & Management for Development of the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health).[3]
  • Appointment by the International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva to an external advisory group to provide input on policy challenges in 2020.[3]
  • Appointment by the African Union (AU) as a special envoy to solicit international support to help the continent deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as serving as a World Health Organization COVID-19 Special Envoy.[3]
  • In June 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Okonjo-Iweala to be Nigeria’s candidate for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).[11] After advancing to the final round, she competed with Yoo Myung-hee and received the backing of the European Union for her candidacy.[12] However, in October 2020, the United States government announced that it would not support Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy.[12] Despite this setback, the WTO’s formal report indicated that Okonjo-Iweala carried the largest support by Members in the final round and had broad support from Members from all levels of development and from all geographic regions.[14] 

On 15 February, she was unanimously appointed to the position. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala officially began her tenure as the Director-General of the WTO on 1 March 2021.[14]

  • In 2021, Okonjo-Iweala was appointed as one of the co-chairs of the G20 High-Level Independent Panel (HLIP) on financing the global commons for pandemic preparedness and response, along with Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Lawrence Summers. She was also a founder of the COVAX Facility, which aims to provide affordable vaccines to Low and Middle-Income Countries. Furthermore, she recently joined the Multilateral Leaders Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics for Developing Countries, co-chaired by Tedros Adhanom and David Malpass. In January 2022, Okonjo-Iweala became a member of The Group of Thirty (G30), an independent organization composed of distinguished policymakers from all over the world.[3][15]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has had an extensive career journey. Some of her other career activities include:

  • Membership in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) International Advisory Board since 2017.
  • Membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) International Advisory Panel since 2016.
  • Membership in the OECD/UNDP Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Board.
  • Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance from 2016 to 2020.
  •  Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) from 2003 to 2006 and 2011 to 2015.
  • Membership in the International Monetary and Finance Committee of the IMF from 2003 to 2006 and 2011 to 2015.
  • Chair of the Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee in 2004.
  • Membership in the Mission Committee of Danone since 2020.
  • Membership in the Board of Directors of Twitter since 2018.
  • Independent Non-executive Member of the Board of Directors of Standard Chartered since 2017.
  • Senior Advisor at Lazard since 2015.
  • Membership in the High-Level Group of Personalities on Africa-Europe Relations of the Africa Europe Foundation (AEF) since 2020.
  • Membership in the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace since 2019.
  • Membership in the Advisory Board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum since 2018.
  • Membership in the Board of Directors of Results for Development (R4D) since 2014.
  • Membership in the Africa Advisory Council of Women’s World Banking since 2014.
  • Membership in The B Team since 2013.
  • Membership in the Board of Friends of the Global Fund Africa since 2007.
  • Membership in the Advisory Board of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) since 2007.
  • Chair of the Board of the African Risk Capacity.
  • Chair of the Board of the African University of Science and Technology.
  • Membership in the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
  • Membership in the Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition for Education.
  • Senior Advisor at the International Growth Centre (IGC).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made history on February 15th, 2021, by becoming the first woman and the first African to be appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO.[14]

The WTO is a global body that deals with the rules of trade between nations, and its primary purpose is to open trade for the benefit of all. The WTO agreements are negotiated and signed by a significant number of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal of the organization is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala assumed office on March 1st, 2021, and her term of office will expire on August 31st, 2025.[14]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Recognitions and Awards

Okonjo-Iweala wins David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. Photo credit: Battebox

In 2019, Okonjo-Iweala was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[2]

She was also conferred High National Honors from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the Republic of Liberia. 

She was the recipient of Nigeria’s second-highest national honor, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON, 2022), and Nigeria’s third-highest National Honors Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) [2][16]

She also received the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco from the Federative Republic of Brazil in 2023. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to global development and economic growth. 

Recognitions she has been listed for include:[2][3][7][16]

  • 50 Greatest World Leaders by Fortune in 2015
  • The Top 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME in 2014 and 2021
  •  The Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy in 2011 and 2012
  •  The Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2022
  • The 25 Most Influential Women in the World by Financial Times in 2021
  • The Top 3 Most Powerful Women in Africa by Forbes in 2012
  • The Top 10 Most Influential Women in Africa by Forbes in 2011
  • The Top 100 Women in the World by The Guardian in 2011
  • The Top 150 Women in the World by Newsweek in 2011
  • 73 “brilliant” business influencers in the world by Condé Nast International

Okonjo-Iweala has also received several other awards, including:[2][3]

  • TIME’s European Heroes Award in 2004
  • Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by Emerging Markets Magazine in 2005
  • Global Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney in 2005
  • Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by The Banker in 2005
  • Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award in 2010 
  • Global Leadership Award by Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in 2010
  • Global Leadership Award by Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2011
  • President of the Italian Republic Gold Medal by Pia Manzu Centre in 2011
  • David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award in 2014
  • Global Fairness Award by Global Fairness Initiative in 2016
  • Power with Purpose Award by Devex Development Communications Network in 2016
  • Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Award by Aspen Institute in 2017
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment Award by WEConnect International in 2017
  • Vanguard Award by Howard University in 2017
  • African of the Year by Forbes Africa in 2020
  • 50 Over 50: EMEA Award by Forbes in 2022
  • Golden Plate Award by the American Academy of Achievement in 2022
  • the Humanitarian Award for a Lifetime of Public Service and Advocacy of Sustainable International Development from the United Nations Association of New York (2022)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Books and Article

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has authored and co-authored several notable publications, including:

  • “Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light, A Biography” with Tijan Sallah in 2003, 
  • “The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy” with Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Mansur Muhtar in 2003, 
  • “Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria” in 2012, 
  • “Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines” in 2018, and
  • “Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons” with Julia Gillard in 2020. 

These publications cover a wide range of topics, showing her expertise and experience in economics, finance, and international development.[2][3][16]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has also contributed to various publications, including “Shine a Light on the Gaps: Financial Inclusion Matters for Africa’s Smallholder Farmers” co-authored with Janeen Madan Keller in Foreign Affairs in 2016. 

She also authored “Funding THE SDGs: Licit and Illicit Financial Flows From Developing Countries” in Horizons: Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development in 2016.[2][17]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala TED Talks

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has given several TED Talks on various topics related to economic development and governance. 

In March 2007, she gave a TED Talk titled “Want to Help Africa? Do Business Here” where she discussed the importance of trade and investment in Africa. 

In June 2007, she gave another TED Talk titled “Aid versus Trade” where she discussed the pros and cons of aid and trade in Africa[2]. 

In January 2014, she gave a TEDx Talk titled “Don’t trivialize corruption, tackle it” where she emphasized the need to address corruption as a serious issue rather than trivializing it.[3][6]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Husband and Children

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is married to Ikemba Iweala, a neurosurgeon from Umuahia, Abia state. 

Together, they have four children, including three sons and a daughter. 

Two of her sons, Uzodinma and Uchechi Iweala, as well as her daughter, Onyinye Iweala, have followed in their father’s footsteps and pursued careers in medicine. 

However, her third son, Okechukwu, has taken a different career path, graduating with a degree in Social Studies.[2][3]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, her husband and her four children. Photo credit: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Facebook

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Siblings

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s family members have made significant achievements in their respective fields. 

Her sister, Njide Okonjo-Udochi, made history as the first black female to be named Family Physician of The Year 2021 in Maryland, US. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Sister Njide Okonjo-Udochi / Photo credit: Expressive Info

Additionally, her brother, Ifechukwude Chukwuka Okonjo, succeeded their father as king after his passing, while her youngest sibling, Onyema Okonjo, serves as the CEO of Giant Beverages, Lagos. [2][16]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Net Worth

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.[18] She earns her income from various sources of which her salary as a Director-General is inclusive.  The annual salary of the Director-General of WTO is US$183,158.[2]

Due to staff assessment,  the net salary changed to US$105 042 (dependency rate) or US$93 322 (single rate).[2]

This figure is debatable as she is not a person who flaunts wealth. 

It is important to note that Okonjo-Iweala has stated that influence and self-worth are more important to her than net worth.[2]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Houses and Cars

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, unlike many Nigerian politicians and musicians, does not seek attention by flaunting her possessions and does not frequently share pictures of her houses and cars on her social media platform. 

However, she and her husband have a residence in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington DC.[19] It is also assumed that they have homes in Abuja and their hometowns. 

Regarding vehicles, the public only sees her alighting from them in the course of her duties. For instance, she was seen alighting from a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on her first day as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. 

The Mercedes Benz S-class is a popular choice among world leaders and politicians, known for its classic design and state-of-the-art interior, providing a comfortable ride.

This luxury vehicle is equipped with a 4.0-litre V-8 engine generating 463-hp and can accommodate 4-5 passengers. The starting price of the S-class is 72.1 million NGN.[19] 

Note that, it does not imply that she does not have a personal vehicle. 

Ngozi okonjo-iweala coming out from her Mercedes S-class. Photo credit: Cartmart

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Signatory Attire

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala dressing style has been a kind worth emulating. Her distinctive style, characterized by Ankara fabric, vibrant colors, bead necklace,  headgear, and simple yet elegant designs, has resonated with numerous young women in Africa and around the world.

This fashion movement, known as the #BeLikeNgoziChallenge, gained momentum when she assumed the role of Director-General of the World Trade Organization in 2021.

Despite recently taking out US citizenship, she prefers being more Nigerian, flaunting her African identity.

In an interview with BBC in 2012, she said that she had in fact adopted such attire as a working mother of four to do school runs, and as an easy answer for a quick smart look. She also added that the style is a thrifty one at that, given she estimated each outfit cost around $25 (~N26,000 as at Nov 2023).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s style has garnered attention and admiration, with people embracing her fashion signature as a form of cultural expression and empowerment.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Son’s Marriage

On Sunday, November 5, 2023, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s son, Dr. Uzo Iweala, tied the knot with his heartthrob, Lotte Elsa, in Germany with family and friends present to celebrate them.[20]

Ngozi okonjo-iweala son, Dr. Uzo Iweala cutting the cake with Wife, Lotte Elsa. Photo credit: Punch
Ngozi okonjo-iweala son, Dr. Uzo and Lotte Elsa. Photo credit: Facebook

The groom’s aunt, Njide Okonjo-Iweala, shared photos from the ceremony on her Facebook handle, captioned, “As Nigerians and Ndigbo, there is no marriage unless we as a community celebrate our traditional marriage rites, Igba Nkwu Nwanyi. So, in Heidelberg, Germany, we married our wife.

“It takes a village, and Uzo and Lotte had their village there to honour and celebrate them. Another day of #celebratinglove #HonoringTraditions #celebratingcommunity.[21]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Quotes

Below are some notable quotes from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal[22]:

“The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping create jobs.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“Africans… they are tired. They are tired of being the subject of everybody’s charity and care. We are grateful, but we know that we can take charge of our own destinies if we have the will to reform.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“I’m standing here saying that those who miss the boat now, will miss it forever. So if you want to be in Africa, think about investing.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“[Africa] is a continent of many countries, not one country. If we are down to three or four conflicts, it means that there are plenty of opportunities to invest in stable, growing, exciting economies where there’s plenty of opportunity.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi okonjo-iweala. Photo credit: World Trade Organisation

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Social Media Presence

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not the social media kind of person who posts a lot of pictures on her handle. 

She is active on X / Twitter and has a massive fan base. She has over 2.7 million followers on X and Facebook.


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