Achike Udenwa is a Nigerian politician who served as the governor of Imo State from 1999 to 2007. He is also a former minister of commerce and industry.
Achike Udenwa Biography and Early Life
- Full Name: Chief (Dr.) Achike Uzoma Udenwa
- Date of Birth: 20th October, 1948
- Age: 75 years (2023)
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Parents: Pa Johnson and Felicia Udenwa
- Wife: Prof. Mrs. Theresa Agbonma Udenwa
- Children: Six
- Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
Early Life and Education
Born in 1948 in Orlu, Imo State, Achike Udenwa’s educational journey took him through St. Joseph’s Primary School in Orlu and Holy Ghost College in Owerri for his primary and secondary education. He pursued higher education at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1972 and later earning a master’s degree in business administration.
Udenwa’s political journey began in 1998 when he joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His impactful entrance into politics led to his victory in the 1999 general elections, making him the governor of Imo State. He secured a second term in 2003, focusing on infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, and security.
During his tenure, Udenwa initiated and completed numerous projects, including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, markets, and water schemes. He prioritized education, leading to the establishment of Imo State University, Imo State Polytechnic, and Imo State College of Education.
In 2008, President Umaru Yar’Adua appointed him as the minister of commerce and industry. Udenwa continued to contribute to national development until 2010.
Achike Udenwa is married to Prof. Mrs. Theresa Agbonma Udenwa, and their union is blessed with six children. Udenwa, a devout Catholic and a Knight of St. Mulumba, has been active in various capacities, not just as a politician but also as a contributor to education, peace, and unity.
With an estimated net worth of $10 million as of 2023, Udenwa’s wealth stems from his political career and diverse investments in real estate, hospitality, agriculture, and oil and gas.
Achike Udenwa’s legacy extends beyond political achievements, showcasing a commitment to the development of Imo State and Nigeria as a whole.