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Ojo Maduekwe

Ojo Maduekwe was born on May 6, 1945 and is a native of Ohafia, Ohafia local government area of Abia State. As a young boy, he hawked akara (bean cake) to help his family survive when his father took ill .

He obtained his first degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1972 and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1973. Since the Second Republic when he became a Member of the National Assembly, Maduekwe has held 12 political positions and remained relevant to Nigeria till he died. Some of his positions include Federal Minister of Transport from 2000 - 2003, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 – 2010 and briefly Culture and Tourism  Minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.

Madueke is still known today as the first Cabinet Minister to design and create an Anti-Corruption 3- tier unit, which became the model for other Ministries and Government Agencies. During his tenure as a Transport Minister, he began and concluded the First Railway Master plan for Nigeria to span over a period of 25 years. He also helped Nigeria get on the International Maritime Organization White List without which the entire Maritime Sector would have been grounded.

He holds the traditional chieftaincy title – Ikemba 1 Asagha of Ohafia where he also has a 70 million Naira charity organization targeted at poverty alleviation. Madueke would always be remembered as the man who tried to convince the public to use bicycles as a means of transportation in the city. This made people to refer to him as “Ojo oni keke” which means Ojo, the bicycle man.

Ojo Mbila Maduekwe slumped at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja and later died in hospital at the age of 71.