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WTO Hopeful Okonjo-Iweala Balances Nigeria, U.S. Citizenships

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Geneva on July 15.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Geneva on July 15.Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

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Harvard-educated and longtime World Bank economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is bidding to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization under a nomination from her native Nigeria while also holding dual U.S. citizenship.