Ambassador Magdiel Geno Supo Samaki OON
Ambassador Magdiel Geno Supo SamakiHe attended Njoboliyo Junior Primary School, from 1954 to 1956 before proceeding to Numan Training School (NTS) between 1957 and 1960.
Amb Samaki then attended Provincial Secondary School (PSS) now General Murtala Mohammed College, from 1961 to 1967, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) 'O' Level and Higher School Certificate HSC - 'A' Level.
He was appointed Temporary Teacher in the famous Katsina Teachers College (KTC) Katsina Province in 1968/69 academic year. He also taught in Mashi Government Technical College at the same time.
Amb. Samaki thereafter, attended Abdullahi Bayero College of the Ahmadu Bello University, the first campus of ABU outside Zaria, from where he graduated with BA (Hons) in English in 1972.
Amb Samaki commenced his working career the same year (1972) when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Secretary. As part of orientation exercise for newly recruited officers, he was sent to Universite' de Benin, Lycee du Tokoin in the Republic of Togo together with some of his colleagues for French Language course. After six months, he obtained a Certificate in French language.
From 1973 to 1975 he served in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland as Third Secretary, Political Affairs. He was posted to Sudan as Head of Chancery and Charge'd' Affaires a.i. He returned to the Ministry in 1979, where he was appointed Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Lagos.
In 1983, Amb. Samaki was deployed briefly to the Embassy of Nigeria in Bonn, the then capital of the Federal Republic of Germany as Senior Counsellor in charge of Economic Affairs, before being deployed to the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, U S A as Consul and Head of Chancery in charge of Consular Affairs and Administration. He served there till 1985 before he moved to Washington DC in 1986 to head the Administration Section and take charge of Nigerian Student Affairs in the United States of America.
From December 1989 to November 1994 Amb. Samaki served as the Director in the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lagos and Abuja as the principal officer in charge of liaising with all Nigerian Diplomatic Missions abroad, and Federal Ministries. In December 1994, Amb. Samaki was posted to the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa as Minister Plenipotentiary and second in command to the Nigerian High Commissioner. After completing his tour in Pretoria in 1998, Ambassador Samaki returned to Headquarters, Abuja as Director in the Office of the Permanent Secretary.
In June 1999 he was deployed to the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Director of Protocol. In the same year (1999) he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nigeria to the Republic of Romania with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Bulgaria. Ambassador M.G.S Samaki served in that capacity until he returned to Abuja in 2003.
In appreciation of his meritorious service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was awarded National Honor of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2003. Ambassador Samaki retired from service in 2006 having attained the mandatory age of sixty years.
After retirement, Ambassador Samaki was appointed Consultant by the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) during the Darfur/Sudan Peace Talks in 2007. From 2008-2010, he served as head of African Union Liaison Office in Juba, Southern Sudan. Since then Ambassador M.G.S Samaki has been member of African Union (AU) Election Monitoring Teams, for Presidential/Legislative Elections in Algeria, the Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the Republic of Togo. He was member of the Nigerian Delegation to the 66" Session of United Nations General Assembly, New York in 2011.
Ambassador M.G.S Samaki is married to Mrs Joyce D.Samaki. The marriage is blessed with six children, two girls and four boys