Nyesom Wike Biography, Net worth and Career Profile

Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who served as Rivers state governor, 2022 PDP Presidential Aspirant as well as Chairman of Obio/Akpo Local Government by FOB News.

  1. Biography
  2. Education
  3. Political Career
  4. Net Worth

Ezenwo Nyesom Wike CON was on born 13th December 1967 to the Nlemanya Wike family of Rumuepirikom  in Obio-Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State.

Nyesom Wike is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who served as the sixth Governor of Rivers State Nigeria under the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). 


Nyesom Wike attended Government Secondary School Eneka in Obiakpor, Rivers State where he sat for his O'level exams before proceeding to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT). 

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from RSUT before proceeding to Law School in 1997. Wike holds a Master of Arts degree in Political and Administrative Studies from RSUT.


Wike in 1999 began his political career as the Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers state, between 1999 – 2007 for two terms in office.

In 2007, he was appointed as the chief of staff to the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.

In July 2011, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Education by President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR.

In September 2013, he was promoted to Federal Minister of Education before he stepped down to contest in the 2015 gubernatorial elections in his home state, Rivers.

In 2014, he won the Rivers State People's Democratic gubernatorial party primary and chose former Secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate for deputy governor. 

On 11 April 2015, Wike won the Rivers State gubernatorial elections to emerge as governor.

On 3 April 2019, INEC declared Nyesom Wike winner of Rivers State governorship polls. Wike took his oath of office on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt as he commences his second term.

2023 General Elections

In March 2022, Wike declared that he will be running for the office of the president of Nigeria under the platform of the People's Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 General election

In May, he was defeated by Atiku Abubakar who won the primaries with 371 votes while Wike got 237 votes being the first runner-up during the People's Democratic Party presidential election primary which was held at the MKO Abiola National stadium, Abuja on 28 and 29 May 2022.

He also supported Sim Fubara to emerge as the PDP governorship candidate in Rivers state. 

Educational and Women Rights Reforms

On Monday, 24 June 2019, Nyesom Wike declared public primary and secondary education free.

In 2019, Wike through the State Ministry of Education announced free registration for participating locals of the state in the annual JAMB examination.

In 2022, Wike signed a measure into law that strengthens women's right to inherit property. Upon signing the bill, he encouraged women to claim what is theirs and said they should not be afraid to do so because it is their legal right.

Family and Net worth

Nyesom Wike is married Justice Eberechi Wike and the union is blessed with three children. Wike has properties within and outside Nigeria. He has a net worth of USD $15,000.

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