Meet Alison-Madueke – first female OPEC President


Diezani K. Agama was born (6th Dec 1960) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Her father was Chief Frederick Abiye Agama. She studied architecture in England and then at Howard University in the United States. She graduated from Howard with a Bachelor’s degree on 8 December 1992. She returned to Nigeria and joined Shell Petroleum Development Corporation that year. In 2002, she attended Cambridge University for her MBA.  In April 2006, Shell appointed her its first female Executive Director in Nigeria.

Diezani K. Alison-Madueke became Nigeria’s minister of transportation on 26 July 2007. She was moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Since 1999 she has been married to Admiral Allison Madueke (retired), one-time Chief of Naval Staff who was at various times governor of Imo and Anambra State. In September 2011 Alison-Madueke was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Management Sciences by the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has elected Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, as its first female president. She was voted in as President of OPEC Thursday at the ongoing 166th General Meeting of the body in Vienna, Austria and  would now succeed former President of OPEC, Libyan Vice-Prime Minister for Corporations, Abdourhman Atahar Al-Ahirish,

Before her election this morning, she was the alternate president of OPEC. She is expected to immediately begin serving her one-year term as the official in charge of OPEC affairs.


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