Ambassador Chudi Okafor
H.E. Mr. Chudi Okafor is the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). He is also Permanent Observer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok. Before his ambassadorial appointment in November 2011, Mr. Chudi Okafor was the Chief of Staff to the Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ambassador Okafor holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; a Certificate in International Relations, Law and Diplomacy, from Foreign Service Academy, Lagos, Nigeria; and B.Sc. in Political Science (Second Class Upper Division) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Nigeria, from the early 1980s, Ambassador Okafor has served with dedication and distinction in various departments namely; Consular, Administration, Economic Affairs, Africa, and International Organizations. He has worked with three Permanent Secretaries at a senior management level, overseeing Headquarters and Overseas Missions administration before his appointment as Consul General.
Before his appointment as Nigeria’s Consul General to Atlanta, USA, in 2006, he was Minister Counsellor, Economic and Trade Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria, Moscow, Russian Federation, in the late 1990s. In early 1990s, he was Senior Counsellor at the Nigeria High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also, he was Head of Chancery at the Nigeria High Commission, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1980s.
In the area of international negotiations, Ambassador Okafor has participated in many conferences and meetings of the United Nations, Commonwealth, and World Trade Organization in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Geneva, and other locations for the past 30 years.
In the course of his diplomatic service, he has received many awards. Among them are the award from the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG), USA; commendations for his work from prominent personalities including the former Governor of the State of Georgia, former Mayor of Atlanta and Permanent Representative of USA to the United Nations, Ambassador Andrew Young, as well as the former President Jimmy Carter of the USA. He was also given the Key to the City of Savannah, GA by the former Mayor, Dr. Ottis Johnson.
Ambassador Okafor enjoys reading, lawn tennis, jogging, and listening to jazz music.