Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha is a Nigerian businesswoman and politician who currently serves as Nigeria’s Minister of State, Labour and Employment. With a remarkable career in politics and a background in business, she has made significant contributions to the development of her country. Let’s delve into the details of her life and achievements.
Early Life and Education
Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha was born on November 23, 1969, in Isuochi, Abia State. Unfortunately, she lost her mother in an accident at an early age, and her father, Eze Bob Ogbonna, remarried. As a result, she was raised by her grandmother. Despite facing challenges, she remained determined to pursue her education.
She attended Isuochi Central School for her primary education before transferring to Isuochi Secondary School. However, she later moved to Ovim Girls High School, where she completed her secondary education. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha then went on to study at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she graduated without paying her tuition fees. She later obtained her Masters from Imo State University.
Marriage and Personal Life
Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is married to High Chief (Sir) Kingsley Onyejeocha. Their love story began during her journey to youth service. At the time, her husband was living in a one-room apartment in Lagos. Despite the challenging living conditions, she believed in their future together and convinced him to marry her. Shortly after their marriage, her husband was shot by armed robbers, leading to a new phase of struggle. However, Nkeiruka took on the responsibility of caring for him and even learned how to drive in order to transport him to the hospital when needed.
Following her husband’s unfortunate incident, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha ventured into the clearing and forwarding business. She became the Managing Director of Nikkings and Kingzol International Ltd, a family-owned company specializing in baby and household items. Her experience in the business sector equipped her with valuable skills and knowledge that would later contribute to her political career.
Nkeiruka Onyejeocha’s political journey began during her undergraduate studies when she actively participated in student unionism and politics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her involvement in the university’s students’ union government served as a springboard for her political aspirations.
She was first elected to Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives in 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Since then, she has served four terms, making her a ranking member of the House of Representatives. Throughout her political career, she has held various positions, including Commissioner for Resource Management and Manpower Development in Abia State.
In the 2019 election, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha was elected as the House of Representatives member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi constituency. She also served as the deputy chief whip of the House, showcasing her leadership abilities and dedication to public service.
Controversy and Recent Elections:
Despite her accomplishments, Nkiruka Onyejeocha faced a setback in the 2023 general elections. She lost her re-election bid to Chief Amobi Ogah, the Labour Party (LP) candidate. While this outcome may be disappointing, it is a testament to the dynamic nature of politics and the need for continuous engagement with constituents.
Meanwhile, Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha has been appointed as the Nigeria minister of State, Labour and Employment.