Ambassador Olufemi Oyewale George
Ambassador Olufemi Oyewale Georgestarted his long career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in July 1972 shortly after graduation from the University of Ibadan. During his long career spanning over three decades in the Foreign Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he served in various capacities in several diplomatic posts abroad, including stints in Washington DC, USA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Geneva, Switzerland and London, U.K. He also served in various capacities at the Ministry’s head office, including being appointed as the first Under Secretary (African Affairs) in March 2002. His civil service career was capped with his appointment as a Federal Permanent Secretary in 2006.
In January 1991, he was appointed Ambassador to Portugal and in May 2004 was again appointed as High Commissioner to Canada, remaining there until July 2007 when he finally retired from the Foreign Service.
Between September 1996 and May 2004, Ambassador George was closely involved with the formulation and implementation of many of Nigeria’s foreign policy initiatives including, among others, Nigeria’s peace making efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome et Principe and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union. Before this time, he had in 1986 been involved with the development of the blue print for the establishment of the Technical Aid Corps Scheme, perhaps Nigeria’s most successful foreign policy tool.
Ambassador George represented Nigeria in many international Conferences and Meetings and was elected to high positions in some of these conferences. Between 2002 and 2012, he served as a member of the Nigerian delegation to the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission on the implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling of 20th October 2002 on the boundary dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon. The success achieved in this work has made the UN to recognise the Commission’s work as a model for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Ambassador George was brought out of retirement in July 2011 and appointed Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has published a book, “From Rookie to Mandarin: Memoirs of a Second Generation Diplomat” detailing his rich thirty-five year experiences in the Nigerian Foreign Service.Ambassador Olufemi George graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1972 and was at the Cite Université de Dakar, Senegal in 1973 where he obtained a Proficiency Certificate in French language. He is married with children