Godswill Akpabio

Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Net Worth, House Cars, Private Jet, Tribe & Political Profile

Godswill Akpabio Basic Information

Known Name: Godswill Akpabio
Real Name: Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio CON
Occupation: Politician, Lawyer
Date Of Birth/Age: December 9, 1962 (60 Years Old)
Place of Birth: Ukana, Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim, Eastern Region, Nigeria (now in Akwa Ibom State)
Gender: Male
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Ekaette Unoma Akpabio
Education: University of Calabar
Net Worth:

Godswill Akpabio Biography

Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio CON is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He served as minister for Niger Delta Affairs from 2019 to 2022 when he resigned on 11 May 2022 on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest in the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress. Akpabio served two terms as governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2015.


Godswill Akpabio is from Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.

Godswill Akpabio, Yours Truly, People, October 4, 2023


Godswill Akpabio was born into the family of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor) of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area on December 9, 1962.

His grandfather, Okuku Udo Akpabio, was the Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province. Akpabio’s uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in then-Eastern Nigeria, and his cousin Justice Nsima Akpabio was a senator in the Second Nigerian Republic.


Akpabio was raised in a Christian household by his parents (his father died early) in Akwa Ibom, State, Nigeria.


Akpabio’s father was Chief Obot Akpabio of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen, in Essien Udim Local Government Area. His father died while he was young.


Godswill Akpabio’s mother is Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor). He was raised by his mother following the passing of his father.


Godswill Akpabio and his wife, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, have four daughters and a son.


Godswill Akpabio is married to Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio. She was born on the 9th of June 1971 to late Godwin and Beatrice Nkemdilim Ejike, both of Ozom Aguobu-¬Owa, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. She obtained a degree in Education Accounting at the Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State. She worked as the first lady of Akwa Ibom State during her husband’s tenure as the governor of the state.

Godswill Akpabio, Yours Truly, People, October 4, 2023

She is also the founder of the Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI). This non-governmental organization provides a platform for redirecting the focus of development efforts on the family to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


Akpabio worked briefly as a teacher and as an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a law firm in Nigeria.

Akpabio also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria. He rose to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2002.

He has also been accused of corruption and diversion of state funds. Akpabio was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on accusations that he diverted over 100 billion Naira from Akwa Ibom State while serving as governor (2007-2015). American diplomats called the level of corruption during his tenure “exceptional.” He was also summoned by members of the House of Representatives in May 2020 over the misappropriation of 40 billion Naira.

Godswill Akpabio, Yours Truly, People, October 4, 2023

Net Worth

The exact estimate of Godswill Akpabio’s net worth is unknown to the public because he hasn’t revealed it. However, he is a Nigerian billionaire.

Private Jet

In 2012, the government of Akwa Ibom State confirmed that Godswill Akpabio owned a private jet. He bought the jet in June 2012 for $45 million and insisted that it was the property of the Akwa Ibom State government.

Godswill Akpabio, Yours Truly, People, October 4, 2023


Akpabio reportedly owns an armoured Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, a Toyota Hilux, and a Mercedes-Benz E300. He had an accident in his Mercedes-Benz and suffered injuries.


Akpabio allegedly owns properties within and outside Nigeria. His house in Akwa Ibom was invaded by gunmen in 2018 while he was holding a political meeting with some members of the All Progressives Congress.

Political Profile

Akpabio was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources by Governor Obong Victor Attah in Akwa Ibom State 2002. He served as a commissioner in Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Lands and Housing.

He was elected governor of Akwa Ibom State (PDP) in 2007 after receiving mass support. He was re-elected for a second term in 2011. He was also elected Chairman of the newly formed PDP Governors Forum in 2013. Akpabio contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District (Ikot Ekpene) in 2015 to represent the district in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Godswill Akpabio, Yours Truly, People, October 4, 2023

He was nominated for the position of Senate Minority Leader by the South-South caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July 2015. After defecting to the All Progressives Congress in 2018, he announced his resignation. Nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari and screened by the Nigerian Senate for a Ministerial appointment, Akpabio was sworn in as Minister for Niger Delta Affairs on 21 August 2019.

He resigned in 2022 to contest in the presidential primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He later stepped down on the night of the primaries for Bola Tinubu. A few days later, he emerged as the Senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District amid foul play accusations. He later won the elections.

Contact Details

You can contact Godswill Akpabio via his social media handles (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) or his website.

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