Diplomat’s Corner: Who is Ide Oumarou?1 min read

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Ide Oumarou was a seasoned diplomat from the Republic of Niger. He started as a journalist before involving actively in politics where he rose to the position of a minister and subsequently UN ambassador in 1980-83. After his UN assignments, Ide returned home to become Nigerien foreign minister from 1983-85.

Ide Oumarou: 5th Secretary General of OAU

Education:

Ide Oumarou got his education at the prestigious Ecole William Ponty in Senegal before going to IHEOM in Paris to acquire other degrees.

Journalism Work:
Ide was a journalist/editor with the Nigerien ministry of information. While serving as an editor in the ministry for the nation’s national newspaper Le Niger between 1961 and 63, he was promoted to the position if a director of Telecommunication and post in the Ministry.

Politics:
After the 1974 Coup in Niger, Ide Oumarou became a member of the Niger cabinet and was further made an assistant and adviser to Seyni Kountche the then military head of state.

OAU Career:
In 1985, Ide Oumarou became the 5th Secretary General of the OAU, a position he held for four years from 1985 to 1988. After the expiration of his tenure as the Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity in 1988, he was nominated again to run for a second term tenure but unfortunately he lost to Salim Salim a young diplomat from Tanzania.

Achievement and Demise:
Ide Oumarou’s book “Gros Plan” won the Black African Literature Prize in 1978. He was from N’Dounga, a small village that was about 20km from the Nigerien capital.

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