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|Stage Name:||Simon Ekpa|
|Real Name:||Ifeanyi Njoku (Alleged)|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||21 March 1985 (38 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi, Nigeria|
|Marital Status:||Married (to a Finnish woman)|
Simon Ekpa Biography
He fancies himself as Simon Ekpa, Nnamdi Kanu’s Disciple on Biafra Restoration. But that name has been disputed multiple times, with some critics claiming that his real name is Ifeanyi Njoku.
A former soldier, Ekpa was born in Ebonyi state and represented Nigeria meritoriously as an athlete until his Biafra consciousness caught fire.
He was, for instance, part of the team that represented Nigeria at the 2003 African Junior Athletics Championships in Cameroon, where he won a silver medal.
He rose to prominence after being picked as the lead broadcaster for Radio Biafra following Nnamdi Kanu’s incarceration.
He has remained in the political consciousness of Nigerians ever since, thanks partly to his acerbic takes on Nigeria and vehement demands for Biafra independence.
Simon Ekpa was born in 1985, which makes him 37 years at the time of writing.
Simon Ekpa is married to a Finnish lady whose credentials are not public knowledge — understandably, given her man’s militant advocacy. So she’s just called Mrs. Ekpa.
Simon Ekpa is one of the most militant voices pushing the Biafra message. But then, the Biafra advocacy didn’t start with him. It began with the now-late Col. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was miffed by the consistent massacring of Southeasterners in the north and declared a breakaway republic. This led to the Nigeria Civil War, which lasted two and a half years.
The war may have ended, but the clamour for a Biafra Republic walks talk like a ghost. Ojukwu lost the war, fled to exile in the Ivory Coast and only came back after Shehu Shagari pardoned him.
His advocacy for Biafra didn’t die with his return to Nigeria. Only, it wasn’t as pronounced and militant. Chief Ralph Uwazuruike had taken over the advocacy with his Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). The advocacy was way more militant and gained traction nationally, leading Ojukwu to hug Uwazuruike publicly and state that he had finally found a successor.
When MASSOB began losing its resonance, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) popped into Nigeria’s political universe, with Simon Ekpa as one of the loudest and irrepressible voices.
Broadcasting makes it possible and easy for anyone to reach millions worldwide. The controversial Biafra agitator knows this too well and used the same to his advantage.
He was part of Radio Biafra, but his takes on issues often run contrary to what was sanctioned by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. For this reason, he was relieved of his duties as a spokesperson.
This has, of course, not stopped him from speaking his mind and making regular broadcasts. He currently runs a YouTube channel called Enter Biafra Live, where he makes regular broadcasts to push his independent Biafra agenda.
State Of Origin
Ekpa is from Ebonyi state, one of the South East states in Nigeria. However, it is most unlikely he would show up or embrace his Nigerian citizenship anytime soon, having already acquired a Finnish passport and fiercely focused on the dismemberment of the Nigerian federation and enthronement of Biafra.
Simon Ekpa isn’t much concerned about his qualifications as he is about his advocacy for Biafra. He is said to hold a law degree from Aberystwyth University, one of the outstanding universities in the United Kingdom.
Ordinarily, this should be a thing of pride, but because his expressions are sometimes laden with howlers, some critics used that qualification to mock him.
Of course, the criticisms have in no way watered down his advocacy for Biafra.
For whatever reason, the Biafra agitator has made it easy for anyone who wants to reach out to him. He is active on Twitter, but his DM is closed. So he might be reached on that platform only by a mention.
For those who might want to get in touch formally, they may have to go through his official website, ekpa.fi. Of course, there is no assurance he would respond to inquiries.