H.E. GEOFFREY ONYEAMA

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama was born in Enugu on February 2nd1956. 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. 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

The Honourable Minister began his working 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 Organization (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia and rose through the ranks at the WIPO to become Deputy Director General for the Development Sector in 2014.

In November 2015 he was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari and served in that capacity till May 2019.

His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama was reappointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday 21st August, 2019. Geoffrey Onyeama is married, and has three children.