Monday, 25 November 2013

News Release: Thomas-Greenfield Is A Model Diplomat With Passion for Africa

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NALC) has congratulated Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on her recent appointment.

The Council, while participating in a welcome forum organized at the US Library of Congress on November 20, 2013; by US Congressperson Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, with Congressman Chris Smith, Chair of the Africa Subcommittee, Senator Chris Coons and Senator Jeff Flake; welcomed Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s appointment as a significant positive step for US Africa relations.

The Council notes that Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield had proved her mettle as a Career Foreign Service Officer, with previous postings as Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia; and service in other strategically important missions, including Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, and the US Mission to the U.N. in Switzerland.

In a media chat from the US Library of Congress, Kayode Tani-Olu, the Council’s Director for Intergovernmental Relations said “a new era of US Africa relations have begun-one that emphasizes a focus on the mutual imperative of dialogue and respect between the US and Africa.”

Also, in remarks at the US Library of Congress, Executive Director of the Nigerian-American Council, Sam Okey Mbonu noted, “Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield brings a passion for Africa, and excellence, as former Director General at the State Department, in addition to her previous high-level diplomatic role in Nigeria and other places; all these have prepared her to excel in her new role.  The Nigerian-American Leadership Council looks forward to a great working relationship with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and the State Department in the near future.”

U. Lisa Eric,
Media Relations, 
Nigerian-American Leadership Council
1701 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 300, NW Washington, DC 20006 Web: Tel: 202 379-2848, Email:

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