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Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama (born February 2, 1956) is Nigeria's Minister for Foreign Affairs. Onyeama was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.[1]

Geoffrey Onyeama
Geoffrey Onyeama in Nigeria - 2017 (26767925829) (cropped).jpg
Onyeama in 2017
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
November 2015
Preceded by Aminu Bashir Wali
Deputy Director General: WIPO
In office
January 2009 – November 2015
Personal details
Born (1956-02-02) February 2, 1956 (age 62)
Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
Alma mater Columbia University
St John's College, Cambridge
London School of Economics


Early life and educationEdit

Onyeama was born to the family of Nigerian jurist Charles Onyeama.[2] He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Law from St John's College, Cambridge in 1980. He holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1982 and a Masters of Arts (M.A) in Law from St John's College, Cambridge in 1984.[3] 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.[3]


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 Organisation (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. In November 2015 he was appointed Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Geoffrey Onyeama is married, and has three children.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ekott, Ini. "UPDATED: Buhari assigns Ministers; Fashola heads Power and Works, Amaechi gets Transportation". Premium Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Geoffrey Onyeama: 7 Things You Should Know About Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister". Nigerian Monitor. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "CURRICULUM VITAE OF MR. GEOFFREY ONYEAMA" (PDF). Global Intellectual Property Center. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.