The current Nigeria minister of Foreign Affairs appointed in 2015 by President Muhammad Buhari, has been a man of great impact in the Nigeria politics
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Geoffrey Onyeama Biography
He was born to the family of Nigerian jurist Charles Onyeama and Susan Ogugu on the 2nd of February 1956. He is the current minister of foreign affairs.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1980. He holds a Masters of Law the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1982 and a Masters of Arts in Law from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1984. Onyeama was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1983 and was also called to the English Bar of the Grey’s Inn in 1981.
He is married and blessed with three children. His current wife was Sulola. He was once married to Christian Onoh’s daughter; Nuzo Onoh in 1979 and had Onyeama’s first child whose name is Candice Onyeama, a screenwriter and filmmaker.
On 19 July 2020, Onyeama tested positive for COVID-19 but is fully recovered now.
Onyeama began his career as a Research Officer in the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Lagos from 1983 to 1984. He then worked as a lawyer with Mogboh and Associates in Enugu, Nigeria from 1984 to 1985. In 1985, he joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia. He rose through the ranks at the WIPO to become Deputy Director General for the Development Sector in 2009.
He was then appointed in November 2015 as Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.