AMB. (MRS) UZOMA E. EMENIKE PH.D
H.E Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Emenike was Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ireland with concurrent accreditation to Iceland, between the 30th of August 2017 and the 17th of May 2021.
Following her historic appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s first female Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador Emenike arrived in Washington DC on the 18th of May 2021 to assume duty.
Dr. Emenike joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in January 1987. She served variously in the Protocol, Africa, and Training departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For six years, between 1992 and 1998, she was posted to the Nigerian Embassy in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Upon her return to headquarters in Nigeria in 1998, she was variously deployed to other departments of the Ministry, during which she represented Nigeria in numerous bilateral and multilateral missions, both at home and abroad.
In 2002, Dr. Emenike voluntarily left the Foreign Service for the private sector where, amongst others, she worked as a Management Consultant.
Ambassador Emenike has two Bachelor’s degrees, three Master’s Degrees, and a Doctorate Degree. She earned a B.Sc. Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and an LL.B from the University of Reading in the U.K. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Diplomacy from the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy as well as a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Emenike subsequently earned another Master’s in International Management from the University of Reading in the U.K. She capped her academic pursuit with a Doctorate degree in International Relations, also from the University of Reading in the U.K.
Her major areas of interest remain Africa and her people. Among her published articles include: “The AFRICA We Envisage in 50 Years’ Time” and “Europe Needs Africa”. She is also the author of the book — “Africa: The Centre-Piece of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy.”
Ambassador Emenike is a quiet philanthropist. She has, through her family’s Emenike Foundation, empowered numerous women and youths. Many citizens have benefitted from her scholarship scheme for brilliant but indigent youngsters while scores of women, particularly widows and the elderly, continue to enjoy her support in varied forms.
Happily married to Chief Ikechi Emenike, the couple is blessed with four wonderful children.