Obadiah Mailafia biography: career, interview, death,

Obadiah Mailafia biography: career, interview, death,

Obadiah Mailafia biography: career, interview, death,

The recent reports have revealed that the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Dr Obadiah Mailafia has died at the age of 64.

The report revealed that Obadiah Mailafia, who was a columnist with one of the popular Nigerian news media outfits, died over the weekend following a brief illness.

The news of his death has continued to generate mixed reactions on and off social media. Mailafia was outspoken on some of the trending issues in the country.

This article is focused on everything you should know about Obadiah Mailafia, continue reading to see more.

Profile Summary

NameObadiah Mailafia
Date of birthDecember 24 1956
State of OriginKaduna state
Relationship statusMarried to Margaret Mailafia
Date of deathSeptember 19 2021
Cause of deathBrief illness
ProfessionFormer Deputy President of Central Bank of Nigeria, Economist

Obadiah Mailafia’s Biography

Obadiah Mailafia was born on the 24th of December 1956 in a village called Randa in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state. His father, Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima, was an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria (ERCC); thus he was raised as a missionary child.


Mailafia commenced his primary school education at the Musha Sudan United Mission School after which he moved to Mada Hills Secondary School, Akwanga, located in Nasarawa State.

The former CBN deputy president then gained admission to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 1978 with a B.Sc. in Social Sciences degree. He would later bag his second degree from the same school.

As proof of his academic brilliance, Obadiah Mailafia won a French Government Scholarship to France, where he bagged a Certificate in French Language and Civilization from the University of Clermont-Ferrand.


Obadiah started his career as a teacher at Akoko Anglican Grammar School, Arigidi-Ikare in Ondo State, as part of his primary assignment during his obligatory National Youth Service Corps year.

After his NYSC year, Mailafia returned to Ahmadu Bello University as a Graduate Assistant in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1980 to 1982. He would later go-ahead to take up different jobs within and outside Nigeria. Mailafia, however, gained popularity when he became the deputy governor of the CBN between 2005 and 2007.

He also took an interest in politics and was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress ADC in 2019.

Personal life

Until his death, Obadiah Mailifia was married to Margaret Mailifia.


In September 2020, the former CBN deputy governor was the subject of attention following an invitation he got from the DSS over his statement on radio that a governor in the North-West part of the country was sponsoring bandits in the region.

The invitation by the DSS would go on to spark mixed reactions.


Obadiah Mailafia died on the 16th of September 2021 after brief illness.

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