The biography of Peter Gregory Obi, a famous Nigerian politician and businessman born on July 19, 1961 in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. Peter Obi is happily married to Margaret Browson Usen and his family is blessed with two children.
Mr Peter Obi is aspiring to become the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria under the Labour Party (LP) in this forthcoming general election.
However, knowing about him as not just a politician but as a businessman and other facts related to his life is most important, just as we have taken our time to document it for clearer understanding, and not to be left behind on who Peter Obi really is.
Who is Peter Obi? (Biography)
On July 19, 1961, nine months after Nigerians gained independence, became the period Peter Gregory Obi was born in Onitsha, Anambra, the Nigeria’s South Eastern region.
As a growing child, he had his secondary school certificate from Christ the King College, Onitsha. Following that, he furthered his education with the dream of graduating with a B.A (Hon) in philosophy from the University of Nigeria, Nsuka (UNN) in the year 1984, a four-year course which he began in 1980.
From there, he began his journey around the world in search of business knowledge, beginning with a chief executive program at the Lagos Business School in Nigeria, and continuing across the globe with a two-year program at Harvest Business School in Cambridge, USA, and the London School of Economics for a reputable course in financial management and business policy.
Columbia southwest school, New York, USA, Institute for management development, Switzerland where he bagged certificates in Senior Executive Program and Chief Executive Officers program.
Another source of his knowledge while planning to be a successful businessman was his time as a student at the Kellogg School of Management in the United States, Oxford University, and Cambridge School. He was able to gather academic knowledge from all these mentioned institutions, which assisted him as a businessman and enhanced his reputation in handling private sectors.
A synopsis of Peter Obi’s political and business career
As to his business career, he started as a trader and then jumped into the corporate world where most of his engagement were position on leadership as it is found in some of the corporate companies he had partake into such as Chairman and director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. and next international limited and to crown his success as a young driving personnel in private sector. He chairman the Fidelity Bank PLC with the fame of being its youngest Chairman.
Furthermore, he was positioned as the Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission during the tenure of the former president of Nigeria. Good luck Ebele, Jonathan.
While in his political career, his fame among other Nigerian politicians remained noted in every part of Nigeria, as said before, with his political position first as the governor of Anambra state, where he wasn’t given much opportunity to serve well in his first tenure around 2006 due to some political issues that surrounded his seat.
But in 2010, after overcoming that strategy that goes with his first tenure, Obi was announced as the Governor of Anambra State as a constitution demand from the Independent National Commission (INEC) after beating professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, and he handed over power to Willie Obiano at the end of his tenure in 2014.
He also had a record of being a running mate as a vice president to the former president of Nigeria, who is till date a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member, in the person of Atiku Abubakar, hailing from the northern region of Nigeria.
Nevertheless, Peter Obi, as a member of the Labour Party, was chosen as a qualified candidate to run in the forthcoming presidential election scheduled to be held in 2023 against Tinubu, the APC candidate, and Atiku, the PDP candidate.
Peter Obi Award and Recognition
Peter Obi has a long list of awards and recognition following his status in every one of his life endeavors, both politically and commercially, including:
- From the Sun newspaper, 2007; dubbed “Man of the Year.”
- Nigeria’s most respected governor, according to the Thursday newspaper, 2009.
- The most trustworthy governor’s champion newspaper in 2009.
- Governorof the Year in West Africa I.C.T Development Award in 2010.
- Receiving the Zik Leadership Prize in 2011.
- The Governor with the Best Immunization Performance in South-East Nigeria Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2012,
- Leadership and Good Governance Award; Ezeife Leadership Foundation, 2012.
- Golden Award for Prudence, Methodist Church of Nigeria, 2012.
- Man of the Year, 2012, Business Hallmark Newspaper
- Man of the year, Silverbird,2013
- Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance, The Voice Newspaper, 2014
- Most outstanding Igbo man of decade, champion Newspaper,2014.
- Golden Jubilee Award, Catholic Diocese of Onitsha, 2015
- Nigerian Library Association, Golden Merit Award, 2014
Peter Obi Net Worth
Prior to entering politics, Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria, and the upcoming 2023 Nigerian presidential election candidate, is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million based on the outlook of knowledge gathered around the world that strengthened him into venturing into different business opportunities and his position of chairmanship in banking sectors, alongside as a former worker in South African breweries.
Peter Obi Cars
While acquiring wealth and recognition as a politician and businessman, Peter Obi remains a wealthy man capable of driving the car of his choice and moving in convoys with his expensive car that reflects his status. That includes:
- Mercedes-Benz AMG C63
We all know how expensive the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 is; an individual without a total of 65 million Naira can not afford it, despite the fact that it is one of the best cars he uses for official trips.
The car is distinguished by its ability to be purchased as a coupe, sedan, or convertible, and it comes with a SiriusXM Satellite radio guarantee of six months of testing. Aside from that, the features can include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth Audio Streaming.
- LX 570 Lexus
So far, so good. This is the best and most recognized model in the Lexus brand so far, which is worth about 75 million naira. The same car model is found in Peter Obi’s garage. However, things that make it special include its comfortability and its standard measure of 5.7-litres of v8 that generates 403Ib-ft of torque.
The above-listed car is found in the Obi’s Garage and is still worth the range of 55-70 million Naira.
Peter Gregory Obi Nickname
Apart from being called Peter Obi, people who know him very well and his undefeated lifestyle nicknamed him as ‘OKWUTE’, which means a rock.
Peter Obi’s house
Another aspect where Obi has built a luxurious life that gives him and his family comfort is the kind of house he owns in some of the strategic places in Nigeria and London, but singles out one that is worth using to sample how expensive building could be is that of the mansion he owns that is worth a total sum of 650 million Naira and located in Enugu State, Nigeria.
Peter Obi’s personal life
Peter Obi, a father of two children, tied the knot with his lovely wife Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992, from which they had Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi and Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi, whom they have nurtured based on their capacity and religion belief as chronic Catholic members.
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