The current president of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Minister of Petroleum of Nigeria, Diezani K. Alison Madueke graced the cover of the April edition of Forbes Africa. Diezani sat down with Forbes to discuss about the current oil crisis and being a proud Africa woman.
The aim of Forbes Magazine Africa is to showcase and celebrate Africans doing extraordinarily well in their various fields and endeavours.
Diezani K. Alison-Madueke is the first female President of OPEC, elected at the 166th OPEC Ordinary meeting in Vienna on 27 November 2014. She attended Howard University in the United States. She graduated from Howard with a Bachelor’s degree on 8 December 1992.
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Diezani K. Alison-Madueke returned to Nigeria and joined Shell Petroleum Development Corporation that year. In 2002, she attended Cambridge University for her MBA. In April 2006, Shell appointed her as its first female Executive Director in Nigeria. She later became Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation on 26th July 2007. She was moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources.