Ike Ekweremadu, is a lawyer, and politician from Enugu state. He has served in the Senate of Nigeria since May 2003 and was the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate for three consecutive (6th, 7th and 8th) senate. He was born into the royal family of His Royal Highness, Late Igwe Mathias Ekweremadu, the Okwaa Anekeoji 1 of Mpu, Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Ike Ekweremadu is married to Lady Nwanneka Ekweremadu and their marriage is blessed with four children. On August 17, 2019, while attending the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg, he became the victim of a violent attack when members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB stormed the venue of the event and began to question Ekweremadu about the killings of Igbos when the Nigerian army staged the Operation Crocodile Smile and Python Dance. The situation soon degenerated to the extent that Ekweremadu was physically dragged out of the venue, assaulted and pelted with eggs.
|Boys Secondary School, Umueze Awkunanaw||WASC||—|
|University of Nigeria||BSc||1986|
|University of Nigeria||Masters||1999|
|University of Abuja||Doctor of Philosophy||2014|
Amachara Mpu, Eastern Region, Nigeria
12 May 1962
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Deputy Senate President
Ike Ekweremadu’s journey into politics began from the grassroots. He started serving the people by holding the position of Chairman of Mpu Town Union, Enugu State. He was later elected the pioneer Chairman of Aninri Local Government Council when the Local Government was created in 1997. Ekweremadu was appointed the Chief of Staff, Enugu State Government House and subsequently the Secretary to the Government of Enugu State between 1999 to 2003. In 2003, Ike Ekweremadu contested the Senatorial elections and won. He was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent Enugu West Senatorial District under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 senatorial elections respectively. In September 2009, he was appointed to lead the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ad hoc committee to work for the return of constitutional order in the Niger Republic. He was elected First Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament and emerged as the Speaker of the regional parliament in August 2011.
Awards & Honours
- Best Local Government Chairman Award in Enugu State in 1997
- CFR, Knight of the Good Shepherd, Ikeoha Ndigbo
- Dr Kwame Nkrumah Africa Leadership Award
- Doctor of Laws, LLD,(Honoris Causa) the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
- Ochiagha Ndigbo (Generalissimo of Igboland) by Eze Nri, the custodian of Igbo culture and tradition;
- Ikeoha Ndigbo (Pride and Strength of Ndigbo) by the South East Council of Traditional Rulers
Construction/rehabilitation of rural roads, erosion control, rural electrification, water, construction of school buildings, civic centres and town halls, with solar street lights installed across the five councils of Aninri, Awgu, Udi, Ezeagu and Oji-River that make up the senatorial zone.