Ambassador Chigozie Fidelia Obi hails from Ezedibia, Emekuku, in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Ambassador Chigozie Obi joined the Foreign Service in September 1981 after the one year of National Youth Service. She is a pioneer graduate of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, Lagos, Nigeria. In 1989, she obtained a United Nations Proficiency Certificate in French language. She is a United Nations Fellow of The Hague Academy of International Law. Her other academic qualifications include a Certificate in Contemporary American Politics from the New York University, New York, the USA in 1991; Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy, and a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics, both from St. John’s University, New York, the USA in 1993. Ambassador Obi rose through the ranks in the Nigerian Foreign Service from 1981 and served in various capacities in the Embassy of Nigeria, in Paris, France; Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC; Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Nigeria, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Embassy of Nigeria, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago with concurrent accreditation to Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, Suriname and Commonwealth of Dominica and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia. Before assuming office in Liberia, her last position was Director of the Global Institutions Division, International Organizations Department, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other positions she held included Director of Protocol in the Office of the First Lady in the Presidency; Special Assistant to three Foreign Ministers of Nigeria; Director Americas and Caribbean Affairs Department and the Ministerial SERVICOM Unit (In Charge of Effective Service Delivery), all in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was the first female Nigerian Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Liberia. She acquitted herself creditably for almost four years and was conferred with that country’s high national honor of Commander of the Star of Africa, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She was further awarded the Distinguished Services Order of the Armed Forces of Liberia by President Sirleaf in her capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, in recognition of her contributions to the development of that country’s post-war moribund military. Ambassador Obi was also conferred with a Chieftaincy title and named after Paramount Chief Lango Lippaye of Kakata by the Liberian Council of Chiefs in collaboration with their Ministry of Internal Affairs. She also led and was a member of many Nigerian delegations to International Conferences and participated in many Workshops and Seminars. She speaks English and Igbo and has a working knowledge of the French language. She retired from the Nigerian Foreign Service in September 2016 in line with the country’s mandatory 35-year rule guiding its Civil Service and is now an International Affairs Consultant.
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