Ibrahim Agboola Gambari Biography, Age, Education, Career, Spouse, Children And Net Worth

Ibrahim Agboola Gambari famously Known as Gambari was born on November 24, 1944, CFR is a Nigerian academic and diplomat presently serving as the chief minister of staff to the president of Nigeria (Muhammadu Buhari).

Personal details

Born Name: Ibrahim Agboola Gambari

Date Of Birth: 24 November 1944

Place Of Birth: Ilorin, Northern Region, British Nigeria

Education: Kings College Lagos

Alma mater: London School of Economics
Columbia University

Background and Education

Ibrahim Agboola Gambari popular as Gambari was born on 24 November 1944 in Ilorin, Kwara State to a family of Fulani ruling class family whereby his nephew Ibrahim Sulu Gambari is the Emir of Illorin.

Gambari is one of the students that attended King’s College in Lagos. He later enrolled to the London School of Economics where he bagged his B. Sc. (Economics) degree in 1968 with specialisation in International Relations.

He later bagged his M.A. in 1970 and Ph. D degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA in Political Science /International Relations in 1974.


Ibrahim Agboola Gambari was born on November 24, 1944 in Illorin, kwara State which mean that gambari was 76 years old on 24 November 2020 while he will be 80 years old on 24 November 2024.

Ibrahim Agboola Gambari: 79 years old (2023)

Ibrahim Agboola Gambari: 80 years old (2024)

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Ibrahin Agboola Gambari began his career by teaching at City University of New York in 1969 before working at University of Albany. After sometimes, he worked at Ahmadu Bello University as teacher in Zaria, Kaduna State.

For three years within the year 1986 to 1989, Gambari was Visiting Professor at three universities in Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and Howard University.

He has also been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution also in Washington D.C. and a Resident Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, the Rockefeller Foundation-run center located in Italy.

He is a written and he has written so many books and published in reputable journals in foreign policy and international relations  such as ‘Theory and Reality in Foreign Policy: Nigeria after second Republic’.


Gambari has served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under General Muhammadu Buhari’s military regime and after he was the director general of The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

For nine yaers (From 1990 to 1999), he holds the record of being the longest serving Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, serving under five Heads of State and Presidents.

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United Nations

Gambari has held so many positions in the United Nations. he was the President of UNICEF and later became UN Under Secretary-General In 1999 and he happened to be the first Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from 1999 to 2005.

He was the Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2007 under Secretary General’s Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon. His last appointment in the UN was when he was appointed by Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur from January 2010 to July 2012.

Net Worth

We believed that ibrahim Agboola gambari has make huge money been a Chief of Staff to the President he Assumed office on 13 May 2020, President (Muhammadu Buhari), Preceded by Abba Kyari. Under Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs In office 2005 to 2007.

Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (Special Adviser on Africa), In office in 1999 to 2005, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Preceded by Position established. President of UNICEF In office
from 1999 to 1999, Preceded by Michael Powles, Succeeded by Anwarul Karim Chowdhury.

Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations In office from 1990 to 1999 President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, Preceded by Joseph Nanven Garba, Succeeded by Arthur Mbanefo, Minister of External Affairs In office from 1984 to 1985, President Muhammadu Buhari, Preceded by Emeka Anyaoku Succeeded by Bolaji Akinyemi. I believe gambari net Worth will be rated in million dollars.

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Net Worth 2023: $ Under Review

Honours and Memberships

Gambari has been honored in several ways and he has also become member to several organization. Some of them are:

• Founder and Chairman of the Savannah Centre

• Gambari is the co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission

• He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University’s Society of Scholars

• He was decorated with the title of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) by the Government of Nigeria

• He was accorded, honoris causa, the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Hum.Litt.) from the University of Bridgeport
On 4 March 2013, Ibrahim Gambari was named by the Governor of Kwara Abdulfatah Ahmad, as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University


Gambari is the Chief of Staff to the Nigeria President


Assumed office: 13 May 2020

President: Muhammadu Buhari

Preceded by: Abba Kyari

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