Professor Bola A. Akinterinwa is a Sorbonnard.
He read International Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, Paris 6e; International Law, at the Institute of Advanced International Studies of the University of Paris 2; and Contemporary International Relations and Diplomatic History, at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, from 1973 through 1983.
He obtained his degrees with distinctions.He had a double promotion in the International Law Class in the University of Paris 2 and obtained his PhD degree with 'Special Commendations,' at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne.
An Embassy Translator at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris, in 1984, and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Maryland Foreign Policy Process in 1989, he has, since 1985, been a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, where he has, at various times, received three special Letters of Commendation from the Management of the Institute, for his scholarship and patriotic activities.He is currently the Director-General of the Institute and has introduced a new research focus: strategic in analysis, applied in foreign policy calculations and needs, and beneficial in final outcome.
Former Editorial Page Editor of, and a Monday/Sunday Columnist (Vie Internationale) with, ThisDay Newspapers since 1996, he was Member of the Editorial Board, from 1989 to 1994, and Editor, from 1994 to 1999, of the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs.He is author of several chapters in books and articles in learned and reputable journals of international affairs.
He has also authored and edited several books.
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By Yinka Ajayi A former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Prof Bola Akinterinwa, says the decision of the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, to throw away his green card on January 20, 2017, when Donald [...]
Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, on Thursday said Nigeria loses approximately $7 billion annually as a result of poor bilateral relations with the Israeli government.
He explained that Nigeria's relation with the Jewish nation was categorised into political, economy and religion and it has suffered severely due to the non-committal posturing of Nigeria.
Akinterinwa stated this at a one-day symposium geared towards promoting partnership on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) between the two nations.
He argued that Nigeria-Israeli diplomatic relations remained lopsided, with only the religious angle flourishing, adding that a more robust diplomatic relations could have yielded more positive results in both the political and economic fronts, such as grants, low interest loans and knowledge exchange to support Nigeria.
The symposium was organised by the Citizens Centre for International Relations Research (RICC) and the Israeli Embassy with the theme: 'Nigeria-Israeli Relations: Focus on SMEs, Agriculture and Solid Minerals.'Akinterinwa said: "At least on a yearly basis, we are losing nothing less than $7 billion on an annual basis.
It cannot be less because first, there is what we call grants in international relations.
"It is given to you.
You do not need to pay back, then there are loans, which they give you with long term moratorium on it.
You will pay back but the interest is low."
Akinterinwa contended that "within the bilateral framework of both nations,entrepreneurial development should be a major priority for job
creation and economic development.
"The religious dynamics of the partnership appeared stronger than others, adding that Israel was always willing to partake in economic development of Nigeria," he observed.
Akinterinwa harped on the need for Nigeria to review her relationship
with Israel, saying that, "we have not been taking good advantage of many opportunities taking place in Israel," he stated.
Among those who attended the stakeholders' meeting were Professors Bola Akinterinwa, Director General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA); Oshita Oshita, Director General , Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR); Tijani Bande, Director General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS); Nuhu Yakubu, former Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja; Shuaib Ibrahim, former Dean of Social Sciences, Nasarawa State University, Keffi and Hassan Saliu of the University of Ilorin who convened the meeting.
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