16 May 2016

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Son Writes About His Parents' - Grey Love


One of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s sons, Uzodimman Iweala, shared a ‘silly’ selfie of his parents, the former minister of finance alongside her husband, Dr. Ikemba Iweala, which they had sent to him and his siblings earlier. He simply captioned it:

“My mother sent this to me and my siblings the other day in an email with the title “grey love.” She and my father took a selfie on the deck at the house we grew up in, a house that saw four kids thunder across its floors and up and down its steps, and countless Christmases, and so many celebrations. There were also tragedies and tears. Once a dog lived in this house and they loved him a lot too. My parents sacrificed so much for us to have the opportunity that we enjoy.

”Many people with kids devote so much of their energy to the children and to working to support those children, often putting their own relationship second. These children bring them joy and also trouble. We reward them with our successes and keep them ever preoccupied with our safety and wellbeing long after we have left the havens they have built or tried to build for us. My parents are no different. But it is also amazing to see how when the house has gone quiet and the noise has subsided, they can turn to each other after 37 years of marriage and amuse themselves with a morning of taking silly selfies that amuse their now grown children. It makes me happy.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria and for her work at the World Bank, including several years as one of its Managing Directors.

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