Ambassador Edward Abiodun Aina OON, FWC
Ambassador Edward Abiodun Aina A retired career diplomat, Edward Aina had joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in1971. He served his country for 35 years. His diplomatic duties abroad began in Cotonou 1972. He was transferred to Kinshasa in September 1973. Edward returned to Headquarters in Lagos as Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary from 1979-1981.
Edward Aina served as an Assistant Executive Secretary of Africa Liberation Committee, the operational arm of erstwhile continental body, Organization of African Unity (OAU) from 1981-1989. He built up an invaluable network of contacts in Southern Africa, especially Namibia and South Africa.
During his exemplary career, Edward Aina was privileged to become Nigeria's pioneer Ambassador (High Commissioner) to the Republic of Namibia (1990-1993). In 1991 he was elevated to Special Grade rank in the Foreign Service , courtesy of the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. He served as Director in different capacities at Headquarters. He subsequently became Head of Mission in Japan and France.
Ambassador Aina was a successful Participant of Course 5 of the National Defense College of Nigeria (1996-1997). He is therefore a Fellow of the War College (Fwc). In December 2002 he was awarded the National Honor, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation in the area of international relations and diplomacy, a distinguished diplomat and an outstanding public officer".
From 2007-2010, Ambassador Aina devoted himself to the services of the regional organization, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He was Special Representative of the President of the Commission in Guinea. In that capacity he advanced the democratic process, crisis management and conflict resolution in Guinea. He played pivotal roles as a Principal Officer of the Internafional Contact Group on Guinea (ICG-G) from 2009-2010.
Ambassador Aina has a good command of languages with BA (Hons) degree in
French. He holds MSC in Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan (2007).
He is widely travelled in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.