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Biography of Diezani-Allison MADUEKE

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Born on 06/12/1960 (format : day/month/year)

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Diezani-Allison Madueke born December 6, 1960, is a former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Ressources. Mrs Alison-Madueke, part of a prominent Nigerian family and a former Shell executive, was appointed as Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by now former president Goodluck Jonathan. She held the post until Mr Jonathan lost Nigeria’s postponed presidential election in March to his ascetic rival Muhammadu Buhari, who had put the fight against corruption at the heart of his campaign.

She came into the Yar’adua government in 2007 from her position as a Director Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). She is a shell girl having grown up with her parents who were employees of shell.

 Until Octobre 2015, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s position as one of the most prominent women on the global stage had seemed assured. Boasting a Cambridge degree and a portfolio of senior government positions in her native Nigeria, she is also the first female president of the OPEC oil cartel. She was in charge of Nigeria’s vast oil industry.Until her appointment, she was also  the immediate past minister in charge of solid minerals. Before then she was the minister of transport.


Such is her influence that the British government in 2015 placed her top of a list of former recipients of the taxpayer-funded Chevening Scholarship for future leaders of foreign states whom it wanted to recognise for International Women’s Day. The roll call paid tribute to women who it said personified the slogan for the event - “make it happen”.
In October She was arrested in London by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA).along with four others as part of a two-year investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering.

The reason for the arrests by the recently formed International Corruption Unit (ICU) was not disclosed by the NCA, which has also declined to name those who were brought in for questioning and then released on police bail.Also in Nigeria, her home in Asokoro, Abuja was raided and sealed by anti-corruption agents of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, soon after her alleged arrest in London.

Allegations of graft and corruption have long been rife within the Nigerian oil industry. But jaws dropped among even the most hardened observers in February 2014 when the governor of the central bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, stepped forward to allege that $20bn (£13bn) of oil receipts had gone missing from the state-owned oil company while Mrs Alison-Madueke was in office.She was also alleged to have spent billions of naira inap­propriately on private jets as Petroleum Minister

She vehemently denied any wrongdoing and Mr Sanusi was sacked from his post following the sudden emergence of allegations of financial misconduct against him.


Diezani Allison-Ma­dueke, nee Agama, born into a royal and wealthy family in the Epie clan from Yenaka community in Yenegoa local government area of Bayelsa State, lived up to that reputation of royalty, luxuriating in opulence fit only for a princess as she bestrode the corridors of Nige­ria’s power house, Aso Rock Villa under for­mer President Jonathan.

she was born on December 6, 1960, three months after Nigeria’s independence from British colonial rule, Diezani’s father, His Royal Majesty, King Frederick Abiye Agama was among the first set of Ijaw leaders to study abroad at the revered University of Southamp­ton where he studied Economics. A highly re­spected First Class Ruler, Agama was one of first set of few Nigerians that were members of the management staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company ( SPDC).

It was, therefore, little wonder that the young Diezani, the third of six children had the best of childhood in the oil-rich Niger Del­ta region where they were one of the first set of Black kids to have access to the swimming pool at Shell club, Port Harcourt.

In 1977 after her ‘A’ level, she left first for the United Kingdom and later Howard Uni­versity in the United States where she studied Architecture.
Having studied Architecture in England and then at Howard University in the United States, Diezani graduated from Howard with a Bachelor’s degree on 8 December 1992. She returned to Nigeria and joined Shell Petroleum Development Corporation that year. Getting a job in Shell wasn’t difficult for her like the un­derprivileged children of other people. Her fa­ther’s position in the oil giant was said to have made it easy for her to get a job there without joining the usual queue. In 2002, she attended Cambridge University for her MBA. In April 2006, Shell appointed her its first female Ex­ecutive Director in Nigeria. She became the first female President of OPEC, elected at the 166th OPEC Ordinary meeting in Vienna on 27 November 2014. She was named Nigeria’s minister of transportation on 26 July 2007 by the late President Yar’Adua as the only ministerial nominee of the then Vice President Good­luck Jonathan and thereafter moved to Mines and Steel De­velopment in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources after Jonathan became the substantive President following the death of Yar’Adua.

Allison-Madueke studied architecture in Washington D.C. before returning to Nigeria in 1992 to work for her father’s old employer -Shell. Over the next 15 years she rose to become Shell’s first female director in Nigeria, completing an MBA at Cambridge University along the way, before she was appointed minister in 2007.

When she married the retired Naval Chief, Admiral Alison Madueke who had lost his wife three years previously in a medical operation,, she inherited five grown up children from Allison Madueke’s first marriage until she had her own child, Chimezie in 2001.


Her lawyer ,Mr. Oscar Onwudiwewritten exclusively for SaharaReporters that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, who was arrested in London on corruption-related offences, began the treatment for cancer in the UK while she was in office.


Last update : 11/16/2015

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