Former Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe served as the Ambassador/Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Atlanta, GA with jurisdiction over 17 Southeastern States of the United States and territory. The States include: a. Alabama, b. Arkansas, c. Florida, d. Georgia, e. Kansas, f. Kentucky, g. Louisiana, h. Mississippi, i. Missouri, j. New Mexico, k. North Carolina, l. Oklahoma, m. Puerto Rico
n. South Carolina, o. Tennessee, p. Texas, and q. West Virginia
Ambassador Teneilabe obtained his Bachelor of Science (Mass Communications) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and Master’s degree in (International Law and Diplomacy) also from the University of Lagos. A pioneer graduate of Nigeria’s Foreign Service Academy, Ambassador Teneilabe is also a member of the Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, and named for The Gambian National Honours.
Ambassador Teneilabe joined the Nigerian Foreign Service after his Bachelor’s degree. Before his assumption of duty in Atlanta as Consul-General, he was respectively the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President and the President of Nigeria on International Relations/Audience. He was similarly a Special Assistant to the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, now Governor of Jigawa State and to the former Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling Political Party (PDP), Dr. Ahmadu Ali.
He has held several other important positions in the Foreign Service and served in various departments of the Ministry including Administration, Inspectorate, Public Relations & Culture, Multi-lateral Economic Co-operation, Trade and Investment, Policy Planning, etc. He is well travelled, having served in different capacities in Nigeria’s Diplomatic Missions in Athens, Greece; Bonn, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; Banjul, The Gambia, where he served as Acting High Commissioner for over five years. In May 2012, Geoffrey Teneilabe was appointed Ambassador by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He has served on various advisory committees, including Welcome Atlanta, Carter Center, Organization of Africa, and Caribbean Consular Corps of Georgia. Amb. Teneilabe became the first African Ambassador/Consulate General to receive a Senate Resolution, for exemplary diplomatic service in the community, the highest honour from GA Senate.
He is happily married and has children. His hobbies include but not limited to Reading, Traveling, Current Affairs and Environmental Issues.