- An accomplished diplomat who has paid her dues have been rewarded for her service over the years
- Dr. Uzoma Emenike has been appointed as the US ambassador after decades of service to Nigeria
- Her appointment has sparked a frenzy on social media across the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has named Dr. Uzoma Emenike as Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America.
Emenike from Abia state is currently the Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, with concurrent accreditation to Iceland.
With her new role, Dr. Emenike will be replaced by Obiezu Chinyerem at the embassy in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
With her appointment, Dr. Emenike has made history as the first female Nigerian ambassador to the USA.
Over the course of her career, Emenike’s drive for excellence shines through. During that time, she was rated among the best performing ambassadors.
This was a major reason why the president submitted her name for reappointment last year, even though some others who were appointed at the same time as her were dropped.
With her recent appointment by President Buhari as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, she now takes over from the late 83-year-old Justice Nsofor.
Being the first female to be in that position has set a new standard, with analysts noting that her appointment has changed the landscape for Nigerian female diplomats.
She is among 52 non-career and 43 career ambassadors whose deployment was recently approved by Buhari. This comes six months after the National Assembly’s confirmation of the list of ambassadors-designate submitted by the president.
Dr. Emenike holds a PhD in International Diplomacy from the University of Reading, UK, alongside four other degrees - two masters (Diplomacy and Msc); LLB, and a bachelor.
They include a B.Sc, Sociology and Anthropology, from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and an LL.B from the University of Reading in the UK.
While her Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy was from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, she obtained another Master’s in International Management from University of Reading, UK.
She also has certificates in French and Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy, Nigerian Diplomatic Service Academy.
The 55-year-old joined Nigeria’s foreign service over 30 years ago.
Aside from her role as a foreign diplomat, Dr. Emenike is also a writer with a host of published works.
She is married to Ikechi Emenike, an All Progressives Congress chieftain, and ally of President Buhari. Their union is blessed with four children.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the appointment of a former military administrator of Lagos state, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
57-year old Marwa was until recently the chairman of a presidential committee set-up by the president to proffer solutions on dru*g abuse.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi has stated that the major challenge hindering growth and development in Nigeria is because sentiment is a major requirement to get certain positions in the country.
Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, lamented that those in authority are not making appointments based on competence but on emotions.
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