Born May 29, 1965, Mr. Ekere is a native of Ikot Oboroenyin, Edemaya Clan in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. For a man whose birthday, May 29, is significant in Nigeria’s political calendar as Democracy Day, it is only fitting that his life is actively invested in the advancement of Nigeria’s democratic process.
An alumnus of the great University of Nigeria, Nsukka, from where he graduated with a B. Sc. Honours Degree in Estate Management (1986) and was taught to respect the dignity of all men (and women), Mr. Ekere started his secondary education at Regina Coeli College, Essene, Ikot Abasi, and completed same at Mary Knoll College Ogoja, Cross River State. He, thereafter, had a brief stint at The Polytechnic, Calabar (1981-82).
Mr. Ekere’s active political career began in December 1997 when he contested and won election into the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during the Abacha Transition on the platform of the Grassroots’ Democratic Movement (GDM). But he could not be inaugurated before Abacha died in June 1998 and that transition was truncated.
Prior to joining the public sector, Ekere was the Principal Partner of Ekere and Associates, a firm of estate valuers and real estate development consultants with offices in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja and Uyo, which he started in 1993. In 1989, he set up Gassons Nigeria Limited, an indigenous anti-corrosion, environmental, fabrication/maintenance engineering company.
His Entry into APC
Nsima Ekere was the leader of the G22, a group of 22 PDP governorship aspirants for the 2015 governorship election in which Akpabio in connivance with the PDP National officers from Abuja conducted a charade called primaries which saw the list of delegates doctored to favour his aspirant, Udom Emmanuel.