Biography of Godfrey Onyeama

Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama is Nigerian lawyer, politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Onyeama was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. Onyeama was born to the family of Nigerian jurist Charles Onyeama on 2nd February, 1956.

Educational background

Onyeama 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.


In 1983, Onyeama started working as a Research Officer in the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Lagos where he worked till 1984.

He was later employed as a solicitor with Mogboh and Associates in Enugu , Nigeria in 1984.

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.

Geoffrey Onyeama was a Deputy Director General for the Development Sector at the WIPO.

Government appointment

Onyeama threw his support for President Buhari during the 2015 general election. He was appointed the minister for Foreign Affairs by President Buhari in November 2015.

He was reappointed to the same position after President Buhari won his second term bid in 2019.

Personal life

Geoffrey Onyeama is married, and has three children.

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