show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in
West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles
defying the odds.
highly anticipated women empowerment show, titled: “Against The
Odds’’ with Peace Hyde, is set to premier on Friday June 30, on
Pan African Business Channel (CNBC) Africa Channel 410 on DSTV.
A statement from Forbes Woman Africa Multimedia content said the show is the latest installment from global media company.
“talks about her harrowing experience in fighting corruption in
Nigeria from her early days as the co-founder of Transparency
International to the shock and horror of finding out about the
abduction of over 270 girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.’’
started off in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration as the Pioneer
head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due
was in this position that she earned the sobriquet of “Madam Due
Process” for the outstanding work she led a team of professionals
to do in sanitising public procurement or contracting at the Federal
level in Nigeria.
was the architect of the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation,
the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation
during her six and a half years stint in government.
was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June
2005 during which time she led a vibrant reform program that led to
Nigeria’s global recognition as a credible mining investment
was also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and led the first ever national
implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency
in the oil, gas and mining sector.
June 2006, Ezekwesili was appointed the Federal Minister of
Education, holding this post until she took up her World Bank
appointment in May 2007
March 2007, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced the
appointment of Ezekwesili as Vice-President for the Africa Region
starting on 1 May 2007.
vice-president she was in charge of the bank’s operations in 48
countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of
over $40 billion.
was a co-founder of Transparency International and served as one of
its pioneer directors.
a senior economic advisor for Open Society, a group founded by
billionaire George Soros, she advises nine reform-committed African
heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.
1 October 2012, one of the world’s leading telecommunications firm,
Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries, named Ezekwesili as a
director on its board.
is also on the boards of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of
Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog
School of Government and Policy, New African magazine, The Center for
Global Leadership @ Tufts University.
May 2012, Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC)
degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria.
was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
March 2014, she delivered a keynote speech at the national summit of
the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading opposition party in
criticised the many migrating governors and urged the party to have
“a conversation deeper than how you’re going to chase (the
ruling) PDP out of power”.
the aftermath of the nearly 300 mainly Christian girls were abducted
from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls
campaign on social media, which trended internationally.
had on 23 April, at the opening ceremony for a UNESCO event honouring
the city of Port Harcourt as the 2014 World Book Capital city, urged
Nigerians to not just tweet but actively participate in efforts to
“bring back our girls”.