For many in the African intellectual property (IP) space, the name Geoffrey Onyeama is all too familiar. Until last year, Onyeama was Deputy Director General at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) responsible for the Development Sector and was Africa’s candidate for the post of WIPO Director General (DG), which he lost to the incumbent DG, Dr. Francis Gurry.
Following the news of Onyeama’s cabinet nomination by newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the former WIPO DDG underwent screening at the Senate, as seen in the video clip above.
After a successful screening, Onyeama was sworn in this week as Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
This blogger reckons that the foreign affairs portfolio is a fitting position for the former top WIPO diplomat. Best of luck to Geoffrey as he takes up this challenging new role.