Prince Chinedu Munir Nwoko famously known as Ned Nwoko is a Nigerian lawyer, politician, and humanitarian. He was a member of the House of Representatives but is now most famous for his wealth. He led an expedition to the Antarctic in 2020 making history for Nigeria and Africa.
Ned Nwoko Biography
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Prince Chinedu Munir Nwoko was born on 21st December 1960 into the Nwoko Royal Family, Idumuje Ugboko Kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria.
He attended and completed both primary and secondary education in Nigeria. He then went to the United Kingdom, where got his first degree in Law and History at the University of Keele, Staffordshire UK. Nwoko also attended King’s College London, where he earned an LLM in maritime and commercial law. Following that he was called to the English bar, at Lincoln’s Inn. He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Letters (D.Litt) from Commonwealth University College, Belize, North America.
Ned Nwoko Legal and Political Career
Nwoko’s career as a legal practitioner started at the Crown prosecution service, he qualified and was a recognized solicitor of the supreme court of England and Wales. He worked at Kumars Solicitors and Pascaldiers & Co Solicitors before founding his firm; Ned Nwoko & Co Solicitors in London.
He was secretary general of Nigerian legal practitioners UK, a Member of the Law Society England and Wales, and was also a visiting adviser at the citizens’ advice bureau, in London. Nwoko had the largest law firm owned by a black in England and was recognized as the best black lawyer of African descent in England in 1995.
He returned to Nigeria in December 1998 and made his mark on Nigeria’s political scene. He was appointed member of the House of Representatives from 1999 and 2003. He represented Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency, in Delta State, showing his political prowess in the house of legislative.
Nwoko was a frontiers person in the initiation of the London and Paris Club Loans refund into Nigeria. He was in charge of the reports that led to the Nigerian government’s discontinuation of monthly deductions from states’ allocations and commencement of refunds to States.
Using his Law firm and his Company, Linas International he investigated the multinational creditors and uncovered discrepancies in loan repayments, which led to the refund of the first tranches of loans beginning from the ex-president Obasanjo’s tenure. Ned Nwoko Solicitors also charged the Federal government to court on behalf of 774 Local governments for the refund of illegal deductions and obtained a judgment of $3.2billion for the local governments. The Federal government of Nigeria has refunded all the monies in line with the court judgment of 2013.
Nwoko served on the Vision 2010 Committee and was also a member of the capital market. He served as Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010. He is also the Chairman of Project Tourism Africa.
He founded the tourism destination Mount Delta, one of the twenty-one (21) tourism sites sanctioned by the Delta state government. The tourist site consists of a museum, farm, zoo, fishponds, poultry, and a 9-hole golf course.
Nwoko is the founder and owner of Sports University, in Idumuje ugboko, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. The university received an operational license in 2022 from the federal government of Nigeria, through the National Universities Commission NUC, and will offer courses in sports and other disciplines and start running full academic activities soon.
Ned Nwoko Humanitarian Work
Nwoko is an advocate of Malaria eradication in Africa. He established the Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Project. The Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication campaign kicked off by doing a symbolic expedition to Antarctica in January 2020. Ned Nwoko made history as the first black African to ever visit the South Pole, Antarctica. Up there he also made history for Nigeria and Africa as a whole by mounting the Nigerian Flag making Nigeria the 13th country to hoist a flag at the South Pole, announcing to the world that Africa is ready to solve the African problem, malaria.
The Foundation supports the already existing efforts to develop vaccines by funding research for the anti-malaria vaccine through a partnership with top universities in Africa and other research institutes.
The Ned Nwoko Foundation has contributed to the empowerment and education of youths in his constituency, senatorial district, and state. In 2019, Nwoko donated $273,000 (N100M) for the rehabilitation of failed portions of the road linking Southeast Nigeria to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Ned Nwoko Awards
Social Impact Person of the Year – Leadership Newspaper (2022)
Award for Media Excellence and Innovation – Delta State University
Icon of Philanthropy Award – University of Nigeria, Nsukka
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY – Champion newspaper
Africa Value Awards – Effective Leadership and Youth Empowerment (2018)
Peace Achievers Awards (2019)
Delta Role Model Awards – Humanitarian Services (2019)
Prime Excellence Recognition Awards – Man of the year (2019)
Abuja AR Reporters Awards- Man of the year 2019
Suncity Champions of Democracy Awards – Humanitarian Services (2019)
5 stars awards for Tourism Development in Africa (2019)
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria Philanthropy Awards (2019)
Anti-corruption crusader Awards (2019)
All Africa Music Awards AFRIMMA – Africa Community Impact Awards (2019)
Ned Nwoko is a known polygamist and he has several wives, most of whom are very young.
He came under the anger of the public when he married teenage Regina Daniels, a popular teen actor. He is rich and has the money to spoil and fund the luxurious lifestyle of both his wives and children. He has several children and grandchildren.
Ned Nwoko Net Worth
Currently, Ned Nwoko is worth $1.4 billion. He is one of the richest people in Nigeria and Africa. He also has houses in countries like the United Kingdom, the United State of America, France, and different places in Nigeria. Nwoko owns a private Jet, he owns a “Falcon 7x” and several Luxury cars