Biography of Udom Emmanuel; Career and Personal life

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is a Nigerian accountant, politician and the 4th governor of Akwa Ibom State. He was born on 11 July 1966 to the family of Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, of Awa Iman, Onna LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Educational Background

Udom Emmanuel attended Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet, Onna LGA of Akwa Ibom, where he obtained his West African Secondary School Certificate.

He proceeded to obtaining Advanced Certificate of Basic Studies (CBS) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) from School of Arts and Science, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

In 1988, Udom Emmanuel graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Lagos.

He obtained his advanced management program from Institut EuropĂ©en d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), France.


Udom Emmanuel worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers as an audit manager.

Udom Emmanuel worked as the pioneer manager of Diamond Bank central branch in Lagos

He later moved to Zenith Bank in 1996, where he worked as a Chief Financial Officer, group head of Income Optimization, Financial Control and Strategic Planning Department. He later became a general manager at Zenith Bank

Before joining politics, Udom Emmanuel have gained seventeen years experience in finance and banking sector.

In 2013, Udom Emmanuel was appointed Secretary to the State Government of Akwa Ibom under Gov. Akpabio’s administration.

In 2014, Udom Emmanuel picked nomination form to run for Akwa Ibom state Governor under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He defeated 22 contenders to become the party bearer for PDP.

In 2015, Udom Emmanuel secured a total of 999,071 votes to defeat Umana Okon Umana if the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was sworn in as 4th governor of Akwa Ibom State on 29th May, 2015.

In 2019, Udom Emmanuel defeated Nsima Ekere of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to be elected for a second term in office

Udom Emmanuel Agenda

While serving as Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel had a five point agenda;

  • Wealth Creation
  • Economic and Political Inclusion
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Infrastructural Consolidation and Expansion
  • Job Creation

Awards and Recognition

In 2017, Udom Emmanuel won the 2016 Leadership award for Best Governor of the Year.

He also won the Nigeria sports Governor of the year award, November, 2017.

Aside awards and recognitions, he is a member of;

  • Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria
  • Nigerian Institute of Management

Personal life

Udom Emmanuel is married to Martha Udom Emmanuel.

He is a serving deacon in the United Evangelical Church (QIC) (formerly Qua Iboe Church) faith.

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