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Nov 29, 2018

First Female British High Commissioner Posted to Nigeria [Photo]

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First Female British High Commissioner Posted to Nigeria

British High Commission Nigeria gets new High Commissioner. She assumed office this week and will be officially known as Catriona Laing CB.

The CB after Catriona’s name shows she is a Companion of the Order of the Bath, an order of Chivalry created by King George I in 1725. She was awarded the honour by HM the Queen in 2012, while serving as International Director at the UK’s Ministry of Justice

Catriona will be the first female British High Commissioner posted to Nigeria.She was recently celebrated by the head of Foreign Office, Sir Simon McDonald for being the first female High Commissioner to Nigeria, one of the UK’s top ambassadorial posts.

An alumni of London School of Economics, Ms. Laing obtained her MSc in Economics in 1986, before achieving her MBA at Cranfield School of Management in 1995 @CatrionaLaing1

Catriona began her career in 1986 as a Planning Officer at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in Botswana.

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10 years later, after seven foreign postings, she headed the European Union and International Economics Policy Department in DFID_UK…

In 2014, Catriona was appointed Ambassador to Zimbabwe. At this post, she was recognised for always encouraging young Zimbabweans, particularly women, to challenge themselves and take on new challenge.

She showed her mettle when she volunteered to lead the UN Development office in Somalia in 1993. “It was scary and very tough… That mission ultimately failed, but it gave me real on-the-ground practical experience. It was massively life-changing.”

"I was thrilled when I heard the news of my posting to Nigeria. My predecessor Paul Arkwright has told me how fantastic the country is, the diverse beautiful culture and the vivacity of the people. I can't wait to get started. I know there's a lot to learn, but I'll catch up fast, as they say, Naija no dey carry last"

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