AMBASSADOR MARIUS UZOCHUKWU OFFOR, mni
AMBASSADOR MARIUS UZOCHUKWU OFFOR, mniAmbassador Marius Uzochukwu Offor was born in Onicha-Ugbo in Delta
State of Nigeria on 19 January 1948. He obtained a BA (Hons) degree in
French in 1974 from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University), Ile Ife. As one of the requirements by Nigerian universities for
the award of a degree in French, he was among the students sent to the
University de Dakar (now Universite Cheikh Antar Diop Dakar from 1972 to
1973 for proficiency in French.
After his National Youth Service in 1975, he joined the Nigerian Federal
Civil Service and was posted to the Ministry of External Affairs (now
Ministry of Foreign Affairs). He subsequently served in several countries,
including France, Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa (Where he opened
Nigeria's diplomatic mission in Pretoria in 1994), and India (as Deputy
Head of Mission). He was appointed Nigeria's High Commissioner to
Botswana from 2007 to 2008, and retired from Civil Service in 2008.
While in the Nigerian Foreign Service, he obtained a Master of Science
Degree (MSc) in international Relations and Diplomacy from the University
of Ibadan in 1986, and attended the Senior Executive Course 24 of the
National institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NlPSS), Kuru (Jos) in
2002. He is a Member of the National Institute. (mni).
As a Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Marius Offor attended several
United Nations and other national and international conferences as a
member of Nigeria's delegations. He also served as a member of the
African Union Observer Team to the Ghana Presidential Election in
December 2008/January 2009, and later as a member of Nigeria's
Observer Team to the Togo Presidential Election in 2010.
Ambassador Offor writes and speaks English and French fluently.
In 2004, his collection of poems (Decibels) was published in India by Atma
Ram & Sons, Chandigarh.