Nigeria — Its Role in Africa and the World

Minister Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin to Speak

Teaneck, NJ (October 22, 2008) – “Nigeria - Its Role in Africa and in the World” will be the focus of a lecture by Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin of Nigeria, minister in charge of the First Committee, dealing with disarmament, international peace and security, at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, on October 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

Obisakin joined the Nigerian Foreign service in 1981 and had served in various capacities in the Nigerian embassies in Berne, Switzerland; Brasilia, Brazil; and Tel-Aviv, Israel.

He has served as Director of Protocol and Personal Interpreter (French and Portuguese) to the President, Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria, 2003- 2007. Obisakin has traveled and attended international conferences in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

Minister Obisakin speaks and interprets in English, French, Portuguese and Yoruba and is versatile in Spanish, German and Latin languages.

Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin was born at Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He studied at the University of Ife, Nigeria, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in modern European languages (French). Minister Obisakin also studied at the Université 3 de Grenoble, France; Universidade Nacional de Brasilia, (International Trade) and has done post-graduate work in theology.

He is the author of four books: "Dislodging Demons: a Systematic Approach to Deliverance Ministration"; "Protocol For Life: Guidelines on diplomatic, official and social manners"; "God the Holy Spirit: the Mystery of Christianity"; and "On the Wings of Time."

He comes to Fairleigh Dickinson University as part of the UN Pathways Lecture Series, which is hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson’s Office of Global Learning and co-sponsored by the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations.

This opportunity to hear Minister Obisakin and join the audience question-and-answer session is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  The October 22 lecture at FDU will be held in Robison Hall Annex, Room 100, which is accessed directly off the University’s North Parking Lot. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.

For additional information, call FDU’s Office of Global Learning at (973) 443 -8876.

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