The Special Adviser to the President on policy coordination and former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has won an online electioneering exercise to emerge the Iconic Female Technocrat of the Year. 

By this she will clinch the coveted prize of African Iconic Women Recognition Awards (AIWRA) 2024 as Iconic Female Technocrat of the Year. 

The President's aide grabbed 2,239 votes, representing 29% of total vote cast to beat the Former Minister of Finance and MD World Trade Organization, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who came second with 2,139 votes, representing the 27% of votes cast. 

Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Amina J. Mohammed are trailing behind with 1,672, 1,093 and 711 votes respectively. 

The voting exercise has been successfully brought to a close on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. 

The AIWRA is organised by Face of Democracy Nigeria (FDN) and is designed to recognise outstanding women for their contributions in peace building and national development. 

Speaking shortly after releasing the preliminary result, the Project Director of FDN, Alexander Ajagbonna, better known as Fajag expressed gratitude with the performances of all the nominees, saying they are all winners. 

According to him, all the nominees did their best to mobilize their supporters to vote in the online voting exercise, noting that the popular choice went to the Lagos First Lady. 

Fajag said the date for the conferment of the award will be soon released.



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