In a recent interview, Dr. Obaze spoke on how he managed to rise to become a top tier politician and successful businessman irrespective of his humble background.
Oseloka Obaze is a man who was born some 61years ago into a rural farming community in Ogbaru. He is a native of Ochuchu Umuodu and the son of a school teacher. My mother was a school teacher while my father was a Local Government Administrator. They were two people who valued education very highly, so, I went to primary schools all over the Eastern Region”
Due to the nature of his parent’s jobs – teaching, he stressed that he had to attend several schools.
“I went to Ogidi, Onitsha, Aguata, Umuahia, Ikot Ekpene, Osu Item, and like my uncle and dad, I ended up at Christ the King College, Onitsha which was where my basic character and up bringing were formed. So, I went to CKC and everything I know I am, is basically thanks to that Catholic secondary school upbringing. So, that’s who I am. I went on to study Political Science and International Relations and I went into Diplomacy and Governance”
Career in the United Nations
“Well, there were two segments of my involvement in the UN from 1987 to 1991, I was the Nigerian Mission to the UN in New York and I was basically working for the Nigeria Government.
I was the Special Assistant to the Ambassador, so that gave me a lot of lee way to do quite some good work, and at the end of it, I was twice elected as the Chairman of the Special Committee on the legal aspect of Apartheid and eventually led the Nigerian delegation that negotiated the final document for the special session on apartheid and it’s destructive consequences and that was actually one of the pillars that led to the beginning of the crumbling of the Apartheid Regime.
But thereafter, from 1991 till I left the UN in 2012, I worked for the UN Headquarters mostly on the African Dossier initially from 1991 to 1995. Then, I became the only black man at the UN Headquarters in the Political Affairs Department who was on the European desk for ten years.
So, I was in the milee of the whole conflict of Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Croatia till it all ended. I spent my final years at the UN, first as an adviser to the Under Secretary General, Prof Gambari and eventually as one of the senior officials that ran the UN Security Council. I did that from 2007 to 2012 when I became the SSG. The UN gave me the opportunity to travel around the world. I travelled to 64 countries, so I’ve seen the world.”
Dr Obaze worked as Secretary to the Anambra State Government (SSG) from 2012 to 2015 under the Leadership of former Governor and APGA stalwart, Peter Obi.
Earlier in 2017, Dr. Obaze declared interest to run for Governor at the upcoming Anambra state elections this year while decamping to the People’s democratic Party, PDP.
On the 28th of August, 2017, Dr Oseloka Obaze defeated other PDP aspirants to become the flagbearer of the PDP ahead of the November 18 polls in Anambra state.
He polled a total of 672 votes on to defeat His closest rival, Alex Obi-Ogbolu who scored 190 votes while the third candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, polled 94 votes