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HON. ABIKE DABIRI EREWA

Senior Special Assistant on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs to President M. Buhari.

Abike-Dabiri-Erewa is a seasoned broadcaster and three times former Federal lawmaker. She holds a BA in English from the University of Ife, a MA in Mass Communication from the University of Education. She is also a fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University.

 Hon. Abike Dabiri is a seasoned broadcaster. She worked as a top journalist for the Nigerian Television Authority putting in meritorious fifteen years of excellent service.

 Mrs Dabiri retired from journalism to serve her constituency as a federal lawmaker at the Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Constituency of Lagos State. At the House, she served as the Chair of both the House Committees on Media and Publicity and also on Diaspora Affairs.

 In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs- the position where she currently serves Nigeria’s interests and making positive impacts especially with regards to the affairs of Diaspora Nigerians all over the world.  

HIS EXCELLENCY: AMBASSADOR AHMED MUSA IBETO

Immediate Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa/Governorship Aspirant Niger State, Nigeria

Ambassador Ahmed Musa Ibeto seasoned administrator, lawmaker, astute businessman, diplomat and community leader. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the famous Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto. He holds a honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Administration conferred on him by the California University (USA) in conjunction with the Institute of Journalism, Enugu in 2003.

 Ambassador Ibeto’s political career spans over 30 years starting from the 1990s  when he served as the Chairman of the then Magama Local Government under the zero party system. He contested and won election into the Federal House of Representatives in 2003 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ambassador Ibeto served as the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Power and later Chairman, House Committee on States and Local Governments.

 The Ambassador was a two-time former Deputy Governor of Niger State between 2007 and 2015. He was appointed as a Nigeria Ambassador and sent to South Africa by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ambassador Ibeto served in this capacity between September 2017 and June 2018. Although his time of service was short, Ambassador Ibeto is considered as one of the most impactful Nigerian top diplomats to have served in South Africa.

MR. ADAMA GODWIN
Consul-General of the Nigeria Consulate, South Africa

Hon. Adama Godwin is a career diplomat, administrator and a community leader. A graduate of International Relations and Diplomacy, Hon. Adama is a Foreign Service Officer with over 30 years experience in the Foreign Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 Before his appointment as the Consul-General of the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, Hon. Adama was Director of protocol at the Presidency in Abuja Nigeria.

Hon Adama was appointed the Consul-General of the Nigeria Consulate in Johannesburg by President Muhammad Buhari in 2016.

Since his arrival in 2016, Hon. Adama has been on the move reforming the business of Nigerian Missions diplomacy with far-reaching and positive impacts. In the short spate of time, the Consul-General has transformed the Consulate office administration and its relations with Nigerians in South Africa, particularly in the areas of service delivery as well as Nigeria-South Africa relations. Some of his landmark achievements include drastic reduction of Nigerian passport application fees, reduction of turnaround time of service from several months to few days as well as making the Consulate offices client-friendly and approachable.

MR. OLANIYI THEVOICE ABODEDELE
Publisher/CEO The Nigerian Voice Newspaper, Founder/Chairman Nigeria Community Excellence Awards & Nigeria Community Conference
Mr Olaniyi Abodedele known across as Thevoice, is a graduate of Business Management and holds a Diploma certificate in Graphics Design, Multimedia and Photography. He is the CEO of Impressive Image Media - the Publisher of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper (A Nigerian Community Newspaper in South Africa). A publication established according to him because"It is incumbent on us to tell our stories and not allow others tell them for us". He is one of the most sorts after Nigerian media personalities in South Africa.

He is a people's person with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian Community in South Africa. His passion for his country Nigeria and belief in the ability of his people is second to none as demonstrated with the publications of The Nigerian voice Newspaper. On the 4th October 2013, he established and successfully hosted the median edition of The Nigerian Community Excellence Award in South Africa to celebrate excellence among Nigerians in all fields of endeavors. His reason for this is simple: "If we do not celebrate ourselves as Nigerians, no one will do".

In 2014, for the first time he also established and successfully hosted the Nigerian End of Year Carnival, and the Nigerian Community Christmas Carol Evening to give Nigerians in South Africa a sense of belonging and Identification.

Again in April 2018 he established and hosted the firstever Nigeria Community Conference in South Africa which seeks to identify and deal with numerous issues that affect the Nigerian community. The conference also seeks to empower Nigerians and other attendees with useful information on numerous issues such as security issues, legal rights within the host country, South African and Nigerian immigration issues, Nigeria Consular Services and the Consular rights of Nigerians.