Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Olusegun Obasanjo became president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999, following the demise of the military dictatorship. He quickly emerged as the front-runner to lead the country’s transition back to democracy – his elected term in office was characterized by a commitment to the rule of law, economic and political reform. He is a role model for the youth of Africa and has established the African Leadership Forum and The Presidential Library complex. He served as president of Nigeria from May 1999 to 2007.

After serving his country for eight years and restoring the community, President Obasanjo stepped down in 2007. His role as Africa’s ambassador-at-large continued, when he was appointed by the UN as a special envoy for Africa in 2008.

Outside the political arena, President Obasanjo has been a catalyst in driving Africa’s economic transformation. Using his experience as a successful farmer and businessman in Nigeria, he is actively engaging this community to facilitate more investment into the continent. He will achieve this vision through the Africa Investment Council (AIC) and is presently an advisor to New World Capital.

President Obasanjo is also Founder of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, a UK based charity that has a mission of advancing Human Security for All.