House of Representatives (Nigeria)
In office: May 1999 – May 2003
Constituency: Aniocha North-South and Oshimili North-South
Full Name: Chinedu Munir Nwoko
Born: 21 December 1960
Birth place: Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha-North Delta State Nigeria
Political party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Famous as: lawyer, politician
Alma mater: University of Keele, King’s College London
Biographical and educational history
Ned Nwoko was born into the Nwoko royal family, Idumuje Ugboko kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
His early education was in Nigeria. He moved to the United Kingdom and got his first degree in law and history at the University of Keele, Staffordshire UK.
He also attended King’s College London, culminating in a post graduate class with an LLM in Maritime and Commercial law.
Ned Nwoko was subsequently called to the English bar, at Lincoln’s Inn.
Ned Nwoko began his legal career as a prosecutor for the crown and qualified as a solicitor of the supreme court of England and Wales.
Ned Nwoko worked at Kumars Solicitors and Pascaldiers & Co Solicitors before establishing Ned Nwoko & Co Solicitors in London.
Ned Nwoko was secretary general, Nigerian legal practitioners UK and was visiting adviser, citizens’ advice bureau, based in London.
He received an Honorary Doctorate degree in Letters (D.Litt.) by Commonwealth University College, Belize and honorary doctorate degree in science by the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun FUPRE, Delta state.
Ned Nwoko returned to Nigeria in December 1998 to contribute to the enthronement of a viable democratic institution in the country following the military disengagement from power, after long years of military dictatorship.
Ned Nwoko made a remarkable entry into Nigeria’s political turf when he was elected member of the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003.
He represented Aniocha / Oshimili federal constituency, making an impressive showing in the legislative house.
Ned Nwoko was part of those instrumental to the initiation of the London and Paris Club Loans into Nigeria.
Ned Nwoko authored the reports that led to Nigeria government’s discontinuation of monthly deductions from states’ allocations and commencement of refunds to States.
Through his Law firm, Ned Nwoko Solicitors and his Company, he investigated the multinational creditors and discovered discrepancies in loan repayments, and this resulted in the refund of the first tranches of loan during Obasanjo administration.
He also charged the Federal government to court on behalf of 774 Local governments for the refund of illegal deductions and obtained judgment of $3.2billion for the local governments.
The Federal government of Nigeria has started refunding the monies in line with the court judgment of 2013.
Ned Nwoko also served on the Vision 2010 Committee and is a member of the capital market. He served as Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010. Nwoko is also the Chairman of Project Tourism Nigeria.
Malaria eradication advocacy
Ned Nwoko is a strong advocate of Malaria eradication in Africa. He is the initiator of the Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Foundation.
He flagged off the Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication campaign via a symbolic expedition to the Antarctica in January, 2020 making him one of a few Nigerians who have ever made it to Antarctica.
The Foundation is supporting the existing efforts of vaccine development by funding a research for the anti-malaria vaccine through a partnership with leading universities in Africa.
Ned is the founder of the tourism destination Mount Delta, one of 21 tourism sites approved by Delta state government.
The tourist site consists of museum, farm, zoo, fishponds, poultry and a 9-hole golf course.
Ned Nwoko Philanthropy work
Through his foundation, Prince Ned Foundation, he has contributed to the empowerment and education of youths of his constituency, senatorial district and state.
In 2019, he donated $273,000 (N100M) for the rehabilitation of failed portions of the road linking the South Eastern Nigeria to the nation’s capital, Abuja.
In 2019, Ned Nwoko pledged the sum of $200,000 (about N71.6m) to UNESCO to support the development of sports in West Africa.
Family and personal life
Ned Nwoko married Nigerian Nollywood actress Regina Daniels in 2019 as his sixth wife. A girl he married at 19.
On the 31st of May 2020, Ned announced that he was expecting a baby boy with his current wife.
Awards and recognition
2018: Africa Value Awards – Effective Leadership and Youth Empowerment
2019: Peace Achievers Awards
2019: Delta Role Model Awards – Humanitarian Services
2019: Prime Excellence Recognition Awards – Man of the year
2019: Abuja AR Reporters Awards- Man of the year 2019
2019: Suncity Champions of Democracy Awards – Humanitarian Services
2019: 5 stars awards for Tourism Development in Africa
2019: University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria Philanthropy Awards
2019: Anti corruption crusader Awards
2019: All Africa Music Awards AFRIMMA – Africa Community Impact Awards