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Bola A. Akinterinwa

Bola Akinterinwa obtained his degrees with distinction. He received a double promotion in the International Law Class at the University of Paris 2 and obtained his PhD degree with 'Special Commendations,' from the University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne.

An Embassy Translator at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris, in 1984, and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Maryland Foreign Policy Process in 1989, he has, since 1985, been a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, where he has, at various times, received three special Letters of Commendation from the Management of the Institute for his scholarship and patriotic activities. He is currently the Director-General of the Institute.

Former Editorial Page Editor of, and a Monday/Sunday Columnist (Vie Internationale) with, ThisDay Newspapers since 1996, he was Member of the Editorial Board, from 1989 to 1994, and Editor, from 1994 to 1999, of the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs. He is author of several chapters in books and articles in learned and reputable journals of international affairs. He has also authored and edited several books.


  • Sino - African Relations
  • Foreign Policy
  • Franco - African Relations


  • Ph.D. (International Relations)
  • MPHIL (Contemporary Diplomatic History)
  • B.A. (Hons) International Relations

Library Articles

Nigeria in the World: Issues and Problems for the Sleeping Giant [Chapter 1]

Publisher: Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA)
Published: 2008
"Many problems are raised in this document when these statements are closely looked into. First, that Nigeria owes "a responsibility to stand for and respond to Africa" may be true. If true, it is a self-imposed responsibility. It is a known fact that the size, position and material resources of Nigeria made the Francophone states to fear Nigeria and to develop cold feet when it...

Nigeria in the World : Issues and Problems for the Sleeping Giant [Chapter 1] Nigeria's Foreign Policy

The concept of consultation in Nigeria's foreign policy dates back to the time of late Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa who, at times, consulted London to know what steps to take vis-a-vis certain issues. This analysis, however will be limited to the time of the Kuru Conference which the Foreign Minister, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, used as a forum to propound his doctrine. Akinyemi was quoted...

Nigeria's Peace Policy in Chad

"Chad is of primordial importance in Nigeria's foreign policy consideration for many reasons. In this way, Nigeria has been put in a position where she had to monitor and react to the day-to-day situational fact of the Chadian crisis. Chad might have not been of importance as such had there been no factor of geographical proximity. With the intensification of the war, there has been an...

Sanctioning South Africa: Obstacles and Prospects

"Apartheid in South Africa constitutes the object of dispute between the Pretoria-based minority government of Pieter Botha and the majority black South Africans. Can sanctions, with this type of situation, be used as a means to effect a change of policy in South Africa? The answer to this question constitutes the concern of this article."