Okoi Arikpo

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Okoi Arikpo is a Nigerian academic and politician who was the country's federal commissioner for External Affairs in the late 60s and early 70s. He is an anthropologist by training and was a lecturer at the University College.

Okoi Arikpo was the External Affairs minister when Nigeria joined OPEC; he was known to have canvassed a strong policy on price increases, though the nation also gave concessionary oil supplies at lower prices to some individual African nations partly to increase bilateral cooperation. He also led a failed Nigerian initiative to create a task force on liberation of some African states as part of a varied government policy on the liberation struggle in Africa.


Okoi Arikpo was born on Semptember 20, 1916 to chief Arikpo Okoi. He attended Church of Scotland Mission School, Hope Waddell Institute, Calabar, the Government College in umuahia. and Yaba Higher College. He took further tertiary studies at University College, London where he studied anthropology. In 1939, he started a tertiary teaching career at Yaba Higher College. Prior to that, he worked at his alma mater, the Government College, Umuahia.

In 1951, he joined the political scene and was made minister of Lands and Survey, he later became a minister for Mines and Power.

In 1980, he became the chairman of Chase Merchant Bank, Lagos.