Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain Demola Seriki has died. The details of his sudden death is yet unknown. He was aged 63 years. Seriki was an ally of presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He is also a brother-in-law to wealthy industrialist Chief Rasaki Akanni Okoya.
Quick facts about Demola Seriki:
Ademola Rasaq Seriki, CON, was born 30 November 1959. He was a Nigerian politician, teacher, businessman, and public administrator.
He served until his death as the Nigerian ambassador to Spain, a position he assumed in January 2021, with concurrent accreditation as a permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
He previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Defence. He died in Madrid, Spain in the early hours of Thursday, December 15, 2022, according to his children.
In 1978, Seriki started his career as a clerical officer in the Lagos City Council, City Hall, Lagos, and had a brief stint at the International Bank for West Africa Ltd (IBWA), now Afribank.
As a junior public servant, Seriki was not satisfied with his clerical job, because his secondary school qualification would not guarantee him promotion into the senior ranks of public service. So, he proceeded to New York where he studied for and earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Management from the City University of New York. He also attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he completed a Senior Executive Education and earned a certificate in National and International Security.
Upon completion of his studies, from 1984 to 1986 Seriki became a teacher and counselor at New York’s John F. Kennedy High School, Walton High School, and Springfield Gardens High School, teaching accounting and business mathematics.
Seriki was a qualified teacher in business, accounting and mathematics. From 1986 to 1987, he worked at the Rochester, New York, firm of Koskolowsky and Co. (certified public accountants), as Assistant Manager (Auditing).
He was also Customer Representative/Assistant Manager at Dollar Dry Dock Bank, New York City.