Maman S. Sidikou became ambassador of Niger to the United States on Jan. 18, 2012.
Ambassador Sidikou most recently served as country director for Rwanda (2010) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (2010-11) working with USAID, the United Nations, World Bank and Save the Children to coordinate programming and dialogue with development partners. He was also chief of education for UNICEF in Nigeria (2007-10); U.N. cluster coordinator for education and culture with the UNICEF Programme Irak in Amman, Jordan (2005-07); senior education specialist with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (2002-05); team leader for the UNICEF Back-To-School Campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan (2001-02); chief of education, water and sanitation with UNICEF in Abuja, Nigeria (2000-01); and human development manager with USAID in Niamey, Niger (1994-95).
Ambassador Sidikou’s government experience includes serving as minister and director of the Cabinet of the Presidency in Niger (1999); minister managing Niger’s external relations, including negotiations with international and bilateral partners, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and African Integration (1997-99); a minister advisor to the Office of the Presidency (1996-97); and director in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister (1983).
In addition, Ambassador Sidikou is a former journalist who worked at the Ministry of Information’s Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Niger (ORTN) from 1976 to 1979, serving as director of national television for ORTN from 1979 to 1981. Ambassador Sidikou holds an associate’s degree from the Universidad de Madrid in Spain, a diplôme supérieur in journalism from the Université de Dakar in Senegal, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in adult and nonformal education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he was also a research associate with the university’s Learning Systems Institute’s Center for International Studies in the early 1990s.
He speaks French, Spanish, English, Hausa and Zarma-Songhay, and is married to Fatima Djibo-Sidikou (a diplomat), and has two children.
Embassy of Niger
2204 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 483-4224 to 4227
Fax: (202) 483-3169
Last Edited on March 7, 2012