Since the Republic of Korea and the Federal Republic of Nigeria established diplomatic ties in February 1980, Nigeria has been one of the most important friends of Korea in the African continent. In 2011, bilateral trade volume between the two countries exceeded 3 million US dollars, making it the second largest trading partner for Korea in Africa. Many of Korea’s top enterprises operate in Nigeria, including various sectors such as trade, power and energy.
Exchanges of high level government officials have been active as well. Since the first visit of the President Obajanjo to the Republic of Korea in 2000, then President Roh Moo-hyun visited Abuja in 2006, followed by the second visit by President Obasanjo later that year. In 2010, former Korean Prime Minister Dr. Chung Woon-chan visited Abuja as the Special Envoy to congratulate the 50th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence and the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. Most recently, President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, has visited the Republic of Korea to attend the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit.
In addition to its Embassy, the Republic of Korea has two other important institutions located in Abuja: the Korean Cultural Center Nigeria, and the Office of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The former is actively promoting cultural exchanges between Korea and Nigeria, while the KOICA Office is serving as a focal point in coordinating Korea’s grant aid implementation in Nigeria under the auspices of the Embassy. In Lagos, the Republic of Korea maintains a branch office of the Embassy and the Office of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).