Chairperson Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM)
Hon 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 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 served Nigeria’s interests by making positive impacts especially with regards to the affairs of Diaspora Nigerians all over the world.
In November 2018, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa was appointed in a new role as Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) by President Muhammadu Buhari. A position she currently holds.
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.
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 Abodedele popularly known and called Thevoice is a graduate of Business Management, and also holds a Diploma in Graphics Design, Photography and Multi-Media.
Thevoice hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State in the South-Western region of Nigeria with a strong royalty attachment through his mother to the throne of Oba (King) of Lagos in Lagos State through the Ajose /Adeniji-Adele Fadipe Royal Family.
He is a community leader, activist, online radio personality, professional photographer and a passionate Nigerian individual. He moved to South Africa on the 24th of February 2005, and ever since have been involved in numerous Nigerian community organizations, initiatives, and events which have empowered him with a deep knowledge of understanding the Nigerian community in South Africa.