The race for the next President of the World Bank’s Group just got a whole lot more interesting with the formal nomination of former Managing Director and current Finance Minister of Nigeria; Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, and, the less exciting, former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo . Ngozi’s nomination will, no doubt, make it very hard for the US Administration to put forward a credible nominee that can match her skill and reputation, even if they nominate a woman. Most of the representatives of the developing countries on the board of the World Bank are expected to line up behind Ngozi. The one and only thing missing from Ngozi’s CV is a US nationality. The Obama administration will certainly have to choose now between naming a formidable African woman with one of the best CVs in the World for this position or simply choose an American. I hope someone in the White House is using their eyes and can see the incredible opportunity right before President Obama this week, if he chooses to grab it. He can, of course, always give Ngozi a US passport, like President Clinton did with James Wolfensohn. The process is supposed to calumniate with interviews for no more than 3 final candidates and an announcement of the new President by mid-April.