Japan-Nigeria Relations

February 5, 2021

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1 October, 1960 (Date of the recognition of the State)

Japanese Nationals:

  • • Number of Japanese nationals residing in the Federal Republic of Nigeria: 145 (as of Jan. 2021)

Trade with Japan (2020):

  • Exports: 73,325 million yen (liquefied natural gas, sesame seed, Aluminum etc.)
  • • Imports: 30,521 million yen (vehicle, steel, synthetic fibers, fish etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Total contribution until FY2018):

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 63,400 million yen
  • Grants: 52,219 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 21,533 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to the Federal Republic of Nigeria:
Year Name
May 1999 Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister (Former Prime Minister), H.E. Mr. HASHIMOTO Ryutaro
Jan. 2001 Prime Minister, Mr. MORI Yoshiro
Dec. 2005 Members of the Japan-African Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League headed by Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. MIHARA Asahiko
Sep. 2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. NISHIMURA Yasutoshi
May 2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Environment, Mr. MAKIHARA Hideki
May 2015 Special Envoy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. AISAWA Ichiro
Mar. 2016 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. KIHARA Seiji
May 2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. TAKEI Shunsuke
Jan. 2018 ODA Research Mission of the House of Councilors headed by Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. EJIMA Kiyoshi
Sep. 2018 State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. AKIMOTO Tsukasa
Jun. 2019 Special Envoy of Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. TAKEI Shunsuke
From the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Japan:
Year Name
Aug. 1990 Minister of Finance and Economic Development, H.E. Chief Samuel Oluyemisi Falae
Nov. 1990 Former Head of State, H.E. Mr. Ya-kubu Gowon (Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor)
Sep. 1991 Minister of State for External Affairs, H.E. Mr. Zakari Ibrahim
Oct. 1992 Minister of Finance and Economic Development, H.E. Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji
Oct. 1993 Minister of Finance and Economic Development, H.E. Alhaji Aminu Saleh
Apr. 1999 President-elect, H.E. General Olusegun Obasanjo
Mar. 2000 Chief Economic Advisor to the President, H.E. Chief Philip Chukwuedo
Jul. 2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Alhaji Sule Lamid
President, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Minister of Information, H.E. Prof. Jerry Gana
Minister of State, Finance, H.E. Senator J. Martins-Kuye
May 2001 President, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Oct. 2004 President, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Mar. 2005 Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Oluyemi Adeniji
Aug. 2005 Minister of Commerce, H.E. Alhaji Idris Waziri
Sep. 2006 President, H.E. Chief Oluesegun Obasanjo
Apr. 2007 Minister of Science and Technology, H.E. Turner T. Isoun
May 2009 Vice President, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Jul. 2009 President, H.E. Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Jun. 2009 Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Chief Ojo Maduekwe
Jul. 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Olugbenga Ashiru
Oct. 2012 Minister of Finance, H.E. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Minister of Trade and Investment, H.E. Mr. Olusegun Aganga
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Jun. 2013 Vice President, H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo
Feb. 2014 Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu
Nov. 2016 Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu
Oct. 2017 Minister of Science and Technology, H.E. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu
Dec. 2017 Minister of Health, H.E. Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole
May 2018 Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu
Aug. 2018 Minister of Defence, H.E. Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali
Nov. 2018 Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele
Nov. 2018 Minister of Youth and Sports, H.E. Mr. Solomon Dalung
Aug. 2019 President, H.E. Mr. Muhammadu Buhari
Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama
Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Osagie Ehanire
Oct. 2019 Secretary to the Government of Federation, H.E. Mr. Boss Mustapha
Nov. 2019 Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila
Nov. 2019 Minister of Interior, H.E. Mr. Rauf Aregbesola
Dec. 2019 Minister of Information and Culture, H.E. Mr. Lai Mohammed
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