Obadiah O. Mailafia: Know Your Presidential Candidate (2019 Elections) PART III

Obadiah Mailafia biography Presidential candidate African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia is the Presidential aspirant of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and will be contesting in the February 16, 2019 Presidential Elections.

In our previous posts we published the complete list of 2019 presidential candidates and followed by the biography of Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili.

In this edition of Know Your Presidential Candidate (KYPC) ahead of 2019 General Elections, we’ll tell you what we know about Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.

Quick facts about Obadiah Mailafia

  • Previous political experience: Yes
  • Familiarity with economic Nigeria policies: Yes
  • Education: ENA-IIAP, France; Oxford University
  • Political Party: African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Biography of Dr. Obadiah O. Mailafia

Obadiah O. Mailafia is one of the few aspirants that are familiar with Nigeria’s economic policies, this he has shown in his previous appointments at the Federal level.

As a development economist, banker and strategist with over twenty years of professional experience in government, academia, international development, banking and finance, Obadiah O. Mailafia is versed with how a country can implement economic policies that will grow the Small, Medium Entreprise sector.

Professional experience:

He has served as the Deputy Governor of Nigeria’ apex bank, CBN, with a robust developmental banking contribution to the African Development Bank Group.

He has been a Non-Executive Director at Nigerian Breweries Plc since December 5, 2014.

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According to marketscreener and bloomberg, Mailafia is a board member of more than 10 high profile companies in Nigeria and across the world.

They include:

  • Standard Bank Group Ltd
  • Nigerian Breweries Plc
  • Cornerstone Insurance Plc
  • Unilever Nigeria Plc
  • PZ Cussons Nigeria plc
  • Nestle Foods Nigeria PLC
  • Cadbury Nigeria Plc
  • Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC
  • Fidson Healthcare PLC
  • United Bank for Africa
  • Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
  • Namibia Breweries Ltd
  • Godrej Consumer Products Limited
  • Member, Advisory Board of Economists to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

He’s also a Chief of Staff of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group in Brussels.

Area of experience include:

  • Investment research and management
  • Industrial development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary policy
  • International trade
  • Strategic management
  • Leadership development

Political achievement

He is a calm gentle man, whose appointments by the Presidency were in the “kitchen cabinet” form. His political appointments have been on economy, so only those who were conversant with the happenings within the government circle knew he was appointed.

He was a former Special Adviser to the President on Economic and Policy Matters.

A former Member of the Economic Management Team headed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


When it comes to speaking out, Mailafia is fearless. In one of his interviews on Channels Television, when killings in Benue State was rampant, he spoke to Governor Samuel Ortom on actions he could take as governor to end senseless killings of his people in Benue State.

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Obadiah O. Mailafia’s Academic Qualifications and Institutions Attended

  • He is a graduate of ENA-IIAP in France
  • Doctorate in International Political Economy from Oxford University.

Obadiah O. Mailafia Contact Address

At the time of compiling this biography, we’re unable to get his contacts details. The Obadiah Mailafia we found on Facebook and Twitter aren’t verified, as such we can’t list such here because as the political campaign takes the centre stage, online fraudsters are likely to begin set up parallel account.

We’ll keep you updated when he formally launches his campaign group.

Our final thoughts:

He’s one of the few Nigerians that believes that Nigeria’s economic policies are perfect for economic sustenance, if they’re properly implemented.

“We need to focus on implementation, this country is not short of ideas and we have several economic documents, the current one is the National Economic Recovery Document, 2017 to 2020.

“Let us engage in rigorous implementation of these policies and also engage policy analysts that are conversant with daily happenings in various sectors of the economy, he said.

He’s an economic expert per excellence. He understands economic terms and implementation.

We wish him the best in his political ambition.


  1. Marketscreener
  2. Bloomberg
  3. Guardian.ng

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