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1 Nigerian Leadership in Pictures Cambridge University Nigeria Society 2009

2 Quick facts about Nigeria - Gained independence from Britain in Largest population in Africa (~150 million) - Largest diversity of cultures, cities and terrain - Land area, approximately 924,000 sq km - Geographic location: West Africa - Bordered by Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger - Has 36 states and FCT Abuja - Has 774 local government councils - Official language: English - Civil war:

3 More facts about Nigeria - Has over 250 ethnic groups, Major: Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo - Religions: Islam, Christianity, Traditional beliefs - Natural resources: Crude oil, Natural gas, Tin, Columbite, Iron ore, Coal, Limestone, bitumen, etc - Economic mainstay: Petroleum - Agriculture: Cocoa, Rubber, Palm oil, Groundnut, Cassava, Yam, Rice, Maize, Cotton, Sorghum, Potatoes, Sugar cane, fruits, etc - Legal system: English Common law, Islamic law and traditional customs - Government: Democracy, Presidential System of Government - Legislature: Bicameral National Assembly, comprising a Senate – 109 Members; House of Representatives – 360 Members

4 Leaders of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

5 Nnamdi Azikiwe Governor General (1960 – 1963) President (1963 – 1966)

6 Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Prime Minister (1960 – 1966)

7 J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi Head of State (Jan – July 1966)

8 Yakubu Gowon Head of State ( )

9 Murtala Mohammed Head of State ( )

10 Olusegun Obasanjo Head of State ( )

11 Shehu Shagari President ( )

12 Muhammadu Buhari Head of State ( )

13 Ibrahim Babangida Head of State ( )

14 Ernest Shonekan Head of Interim National Govt. (Aug – Nov 1993)

15 Sani Abacha Head of State ( )

16 Abdusalam Abubakar Head of State ( )

17 Olusegun Obasanjo President ( )

18 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua President (2007 till Date)


20 Notable Regional Leaders

21 Ahmadu Bello Premier, Northern region of Nigeria 1954 – 1966

22 Obafemi Awolowo Premier, Western region of Nigeria 1954 – 1959

23 Michael Okpara Premier, Eastern region of Nigeria 1959 – 1966

24 Dennis Osadebe Premier, Mid-Western region of Nigeria 1964 – 1966

25 Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Military Governor, Eastern region of Nigeria ‘Biafran Warlord’ 1966 – 1967

26 Cambridge Minds from Nigeria Some notable Cambridge Alumni and short term Fellows who were/are leaders in their fields

27 One of the first two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN, 1975) Reference point in Law in Nigeria Nicknamed: ‘Timi the Law’ Fredrick Rotimi Alade Williams BA (1942, Selwyn College)

28 Chike Obi PhD (1950, Pembroke College) ‘Mathematics in Nigeria is synonymous with Chike Obi’ Sigvard Ecklund Prize, 1986 International centre for Theoretical Physics First Nigerian to gain a PhD in Mathematics

29 Alexander Animalu & James Ezeilo Alexander Animalu Held Positions at MIT & Stanford NNOM, 2000 (Science) Theoretical Physicist PhD (1965, Cavendish Lab) Thesis cited over 729 times Emeritus Professors PhD Mathematics (1959, Queen's College) James Ezeilo One of Nigeria’s foremost Mathematicians

30 Anya O. Anya PhD (1965, St John’s College) Renowned scholar of Zoology NNOM, 1992 (Science) Nigerian National Order of Merit

31 Itse Sagay Renowned scholar of International law Senior Advocate of Nigeria PhD (1970, King’s College)

32 Renowned NASA Scientist in Hydrologic remote sensing NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1985) Eni Njoku BA (1972, Natural Sci./Electrical Sciences) Held Visiting Professorship at the MIT

33 Wole Soyinka Overseas Fellow, Churchill College First and only Nigerian Nobel laureate (Literature, 1986) NNOM, 2008 (Humanities)

34 Mansur Mukhtar MPhil (1983, Economics) One of the technocrats who negotiated Nigeria’s debt relief, especially that of the Paris Club of Creditors Formerly Economist and Team leader at the World Bank Currently Minister of Finance

35 Wale Babalakin Renowned Commercial Lawyer Senior Advocate of Nigeria PhD (1986)

36 Ayo Bamgbose Emeritus Professor NNOM, 1990 Linguistics Fellow & Life Member, Clare Hall

37 Winston Soboyejo Currently Professor at Princeton University One of the World’s leading Material Scientists Over 300 peer reviewed publications PhD (1988, Churchill College)

38 Konyin Ajayi Leading Corporate & Commercial Lawyer Senior Advocate of Nigeria PhD (1990, Selwyn College) Patron Cambridge University Nigeria Society

39 Diezani Alison-Madueke First Female Director of the Anglo-Dutch Oil giant, Shell, in Nigeria (appointed 2006) MBA (2003, Judge Business School) Former Minister of Transport Currently Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines & Steel

40 Compiled by Reginald Kogbara PhD Scholar in Engineering Fitzwilliam College

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