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You Were VP Africa Region, Not VP of World Bank, CNBC Tells Ezekwesili

by on July 25, 2015
 

By Yemi Adebowale

CNBC, an American basic cable and satellite business news television channel that is owned by NBC Universal News Group, a division of Comcast Corporation has told Nigeria’s Former Minister of Education and lead advocate for the Bring Back Our Girls Dr. Oby Ezekwesili to stop parading herself as the first female Vice President of the World Bank.

CNBC Africa had reported on Friday the appointment of former Nigerian Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Arunma Oteh, OON as the first African woman Vice President of the World Bank.

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The report immediately drew the attention of Dr. Ezekwesili who tweeted at CNBC Africa to verify their claim via Google. Ezekwesili was VP Africa Region at the World Bank before she retired to social advocacy in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

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But CNBC Africa maintained its stand stating that Ezekwesili was VP Africa Region and not Vice President of the World Bank.

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Arunma Oteh, OON an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, makes history after a record career at the Africa Development Bank and later in Nigeria as DG of SEC after former President Jonathan appointed her into that office.

 

UPDATE

CNBC Africa on Saturday apologised to Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Vice President, Africa Region of the World Bank, for describing a former Director General of the Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh, as the first African woman to be appointed vice president of the institution.

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Ms. Oteh was appointed Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank on Friday.

CNBC Africa had reported on Friday the appointment of Arunma Oteh as the first African woman Vice President of the World Bank a report which Dr. Ezekwesili and other Twitter users immediately protested considering that Ezekwesili and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been Vice Presidents at the World Bank.

READ: You Were VP Africa Region, Not VP of World Bank, CNBC Tells Ezekwesili

Realising its error, after the issue had become a hot social media topic with news reports which went viral on Saturday, the station then tweeted an apology to Mr Ezekwesili, putting the misconception to rest:

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