1960s: Nigeria loses former Ambassador

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Nigeria has lost its former Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Sunny Okobi. His son Amaechi, made the announcement on Thursday in a statement.

Amaechi noted that they were deeply saddened by the passing of the diplomat.

Okobi was a clerk under then Governor-General of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, before leaving Nigeria for the United States.

He was a civil rights activist and President of the African Students’ Union in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s.

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As the envoy to Togo, he was awarded France’s Légion d’honneur by President Francois Mitterrand for his commitment to promoting Franco-Nigerian foreign relations.

“Ambassador Okobi left his most unforgettable legacy as a devoted husband of 52 years, father of four children and grandfather of 14”, the statement read.

It added that in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, there would be no condolence visits.

The late diplomat is survived by Justice Victoria Okobi, siblings and other family members.


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