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Nyesom Wike

  • Date of birth: December 13, 1967
  • Place of birth: Obio/Akpor, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Eberechi Wike
  • Party: Peoples Democratic Party
  • Office: Minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria

Early Life and Education

Wike was born on December 13, 1967, in Rumuepirikom, Obio-Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria.

He attended a Government Secondary School in Obiakpor, Rivers State, and later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Law from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology in 1998.

Wike is married to Eberechi Suzzette Adeyemi-Wike and they have three children together.


  • Wike served as the Executive Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area for two terms from 1999 to 2007.
  • He was appointed Minister of State for Education on July 14, 2011.
  • Wike was later appointed the Acting Minister of Education after Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa’i was sacked but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for governor of Rivers State.
  • In 2014, he won the Rivers State People’s Democratic Party primary and chose former Secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate for deputy governor.
  • Wike defeated Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tonye Princewill of the Labour Party in the 11 April gubernatorial elections to emerge as governor.


Wike served as the governor of Rivers State from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023. During his tenure, he implemented several policies aimed at improving the lives of people in Rivers State. Some of these policies include:

  • Free Primary Healthcare: free primary healthcare program that provides free medical services to people in rural areas.
  • Road Infrastructure: a massive road infrastructure program that saw the construction of several roads across Rivers State.
  • Education: building new schools and renovating existing ones.
  • Security: the establishment of a special task force to combat kidnapping and other forms of violent crime.

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