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Adédokun Abiọdun James Haastrup

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Sir Ambassador Prince Adédokun Abiọdun James Haastrup (KJW) Born 3rd January 1921[1] into the Bilarọ/Oluodo royal line of Ileṣa to Late Pa George Adétọna Haastrup (Baba Ọtapete) and Madam Dorcas Adéhunmi Oruleọla Haastrup. The Danish surname was acquired through his great grandfather King Fredrick Kúmókụn Adédeji Haastrup Ajimọkọ I. He died at his home in Ileṣa, where he is buried, on 26th October 2000. He was married. He fathered daughters and sons. He dropped his Christian name and was known as Adédokun Abiọdun Haastrup.

Education: Primary: Methodist School, Otapete, Ilesa 1940-1943 Ileṣa Grammar School - Cambridge School Certificate Grade I; exempt from matriculation examination to the London University

1951 -1953 University College London - LLB (Hons)

1954 Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London – Certificate in International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Local Government

Middle Temple – Call to the bar

Career: 1944-1950 UAC (United Africa Company)

September 1954-1956 Appointed to the Nigerian Civil Service, seconded to the Western Region as Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Local Government and ADO (Assistant District Officer). During this time, he was also Acting Assistant Local Government Inspector, Ijebu Division.

1956 Secretary to the Western Nigeria Government Economic Mission to Europe, America and Canada.

Private Secretary to Chief Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀, Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria.[2]

1957 Acting Trade Officer, Western Nigeria Office, London and Secretary to the Western Nigeria Government Economic Mission to Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Appointed as one of the foundation members of the Foreign Service of Nigeria (nicknamed the twelve apostles : Philip Asiodu, Chike Chukwura, John Garba, Adedokun Haastrup, Leslie Harriman, Chukwuemeka Ifeagwu, Dickson Igwe, Omotayo Ogunsulire, Olumide Omololu, Aminu Sanusi, John Ukegbu and Soji Williams).[3]

His training started at the British Foreign Office and Commonwealth Relations Office in London and continued at the Nigeria Liaison Office (under the aegis of the British Embassy) Washington D.C.[4] He also trained in the Africa Division of the U.S. Department, the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, George Washington University, John Hopkins Institute of International Affairs and the Department of External Affairs, Ottawa in Canada.

1959 Tours, France Institute of Foreign Students to study the French Language and Culture.

1960 He established the Nigerian Trade Investments and Information Office, now the Nigerian Consulate, in New York. 1960-1964 Counsellor and Head of various Divisions of the Ministry of External Affairs in Lagos.

1964 – 1966 Nigeria High Commissioner to India

1966 – 1968 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia[5]

1968 – 1973 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany

1973 – 1976 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Italy and The Vatican, Spain, Greece and High Commissioner to Cyprus

1976 Retired from the Foreign Service and established a Legal Practice in Lagos, Nigeria in the same year. He was appointed a Notary Public the following year.


Black World August 1974 Vol. XXIII No. 10 Chicago: Ed. John H. Johnson

Afrika: German Review of Political, Economic and Cultural Affairs in Africa and Madagascar, Volumes 14-15

Nigeria. 1975 Volume 5 p. 205 Lagos: Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War 1967-1970. 1977. Stremlau, J.J. New Jersey: Princeton University Press</ref>[6]== References ==


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  1. Sir Familusi, M.M. (2004) Royal Ambassador, Ibadan: Heinemann Educational Books. p.xv
  2. Jolaoso, O. (1991) In the Shadows. Ikeja: Malthouse Publishing Ltd. Chapt 2 p12
  3. Garba, J.M. (1989) The Time has Come. Ibadan: Spectrum Books Ltd Chapt XXI, p.182
  4. The house at 5502 16th Street, N.W. close to the Carter Barron open-air theatre and playing fields. It became the official residence of the Washington embassy counsellor for the first five years after independence. Garba, J.M. (1989) XXVI p220
  5. Jolaoso, O. (1991) In the Shadows. Ikeja: Malthouse Publishing Ltd. Chapt 8 p83
  6. Black World August 1974 Vol. 23 No. 10 Royal Ambassador: The God-guarded and God-guided Life of Sir Adedokun Abiodun Haastrup 2004 M.M. Familusi. Heinemann Educational Books (Nigeria) Plc