Peter Obi is a highly successful businessman and politician who hauls from Anambra state in South East Nigeria. He is the running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who is the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic party in the February 16 Presidential election in Nigeria. So let’s dig deep and find out details of Peter Obi’s life that you may not know already.
Name: Peter Obi
Former Anambra State Governor
Date Of Birth/Age: July 19, 1961 / 57 years
Estimated Net Worth: $10 million
State Of Origin: Anambra State
Geopolitical Zone: South East
Occupation: Politician, Businessman, – PDP Vice Presidential Candidate
Born on the 19th of July, 1961, Peter Obi is a great Nigerian businessman and Politician. He hails from Onitsha in Anambra state. Peter Obi had his primary education at Santa Maria Primary School in Onitsha before he proceeded to Christ the King College also in Onitsha for his secondary education. Peter Obi then proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980 where he bagged he degree in philosophy in 1984. A full list of all educational institutions he attended is provided below.
Santa Maria Primary School, Onitsha.
Christ the King College, Onitsha (W.A.S.C.)
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (B.A. Philosophy)
Lagos Business School, Nigeria (Chief Executive Program)
Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A. (Mid to Mid Marketing)
Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A. (Changing the Game)
London School of Economics (Financial Mgmt/Business Policy)
Columbia Business School, New York, U.S.A. (Marketing Mgmt )
Institute for Management Development, Switzerland (Breakthrough Program for CEOs & Senior Executive Program)
Kellogg Graduate School of Management, U.S.A. (Advanced Executive Program)
Kellogg School of Management U.S.A. (Global Advanced Mgmt Program)
Oxford University Business School (Advanced Mgmt& Leadership Program)
Cambridge University: George Business School (Advanced Leadership Program).
Peter Obi is a successful businessman and is today one of the richest men in the South-East. He started doing business as a young man at the age of 9 after the death of his father. He was still a primary school student at the time and he started out buying kerosene on wholesale and then selling to end users in bottles at a profit. His venture into business at this tender age scared his mother who expressed dissatisfaction with the development but he was able to allay her fears by combing his business with his academics and excelling in both. While at Christ the King College for his secondary education, Peter Obi changed his trade to sales of eggs. Much later, he moved on to become a designer of shoes and clothes and subsequently he went into profitable mass production of shoes and clothes. It didn’t take long before Obi became an established businessman who travelled to London with friends of like minds and began importation of goods in containers. He served as chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, and was also Chairman and Director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Limited, Chams Nigeria Limited, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. His career also spanned the banking sector where he served as the youngest chairman of Fidelity Bank PLC. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan due to his transparent nature in his financial dealings.
It was while he was at Kellogg Graduate School that Obi was influenced by his teacher to venture into politics. He then launched his political career when he contested and won the governorship election in Anambra state in 2006 under the umbrella of APGA. He succeeded in winning reelection for a second term in office despite the many challenges he faced during his first term in office including being impeached and reinstated by the court later. He succeeded in tidying up the finances of the state while in office and was able to cut by on unnecessary spending and wastage of state resources leading to an increase in savings for the state. His activities in office made the state one of the best in the country to do business at that time, attracting investors from far and wide. While he was still in office as Governor, he was appointed a Special Adviser to the President, the first serving Governor to be so appointed in Nigeria. He was also included in the Presidential Economic Management Team. After the completion of his term in office as Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi moved to the then ruling party PDP and was appointed chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (Sec). Currently, Peter Obi is the running mate to the Presidential candidate of the PDP in person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general elections.
Peter Obi is a family man who is happily married to Margaret Brownson Usen. Together they have two children, a daughter named Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi and a son named Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.
Peter Obi is a rich man and he is one of the richest men in the South-east region of Nigeria. Currently his net-worth is put at $10 million (not verified).
He is a recipient of several awards for his numerous achievements, some of them are listed here.
He is one of the first set of serving Governors in Nigeria who bagged National Awards in 2011.
In 2015, Peter Obi received the Golden Jubilee Award from Catholic Diocese of Onitsha for his outstanding contribution to quality healthcare delivery in St. Charles Borromeo Hospital in particular and the entire Anambra State in general, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the hospital.
In 2014, he received the Nigerian Library Association Golden Merit Award for remarkable improvement of libraries in Anambra State, exemplified by the Government’s construction of the Kenneth Dike Digital State Library and also the remarkable upgrade of the Onitsha Divisional Library, as well as provision of library facilities in secondary schools across the State.
Also in 2014, he received an award by Champion Newspaper as the Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade.
In 2014 also, The Voice Newspaper (Holland) presented him with the Achievers Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance.
In 2013, he was named Silver Bird Man of the Year, an honour he shared with then Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola.
In 2012, he received Business Hallmark Newspaper Man of the Year.
Also in 2012, he was presented with the Golden Award on Prudence by the Methodist Church of Nigeria as the Most Financially Prudent Governor in Nigeria.
2012 also, he received the Leadership and Good Governance Award by The Ezeife Leadership Foundation Award for restoring peace and harmony to Anambra State.
He was named the Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012.
Still in 2012, he was honoured as an Outstanding Financial Planner and Manager by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion for his resourcefulness and creativity in governance.
In 2011, Peter Obi won the Zik Leadership Prize.
In 2010, he was named ICT Governor of the Year by the West Africa ICT Development Award.
In 2009, Champion Newspaper named him as Nigeria’s Most Trustworthy Governor while Thisday Newspaper named him as the Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria.
In 2007, he won The Sun Newspaper Man of the Year Award.
We have dug into the background of Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state and current vice-presidential candidate of the PDP in the February 16, 2019 General elections in Nigeria. He is a man of honour whose track record as an astute businessman and prudent financial manager speaks for him. He is a family man with two lovely children born by the love of his life, Margaret Brownson Usen. Peter Obi is a strong believer in aspects of Chinese politics especially the principle of not allowing people to hold high offices until they have served in lower offices. He is a practising Catholic and a Knight at that. Pope Francis bestowed on him the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester, (Pope and Marty) as a result of his activities in the church. Nicknamed Ukwete Ndi Igbo (which literally translates as The Rock) Peter Obi is well known for his hardened and uncompromising stance on economic matters for the purpose of ensuring all-round development I’m the country.