His Excellency Udom Gabriel Emmanuel

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Executive Governor Akwa Ibom State

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was a renowned corporate strategist and an experienced private sector player

and he is the 4th democratically elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State


Profile of Mr. Udom Emmanuel

Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was born 11 July 1966 to the family of Mr. Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, a native of Awa Iman in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

He attended Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet, Onna LGA, from where he obtained his West African Examination Councils Certificate (WAEC). He proceeded to the School of Arts and Science, Uyo, where he received his Advanced Certificate of Basic Studies (CBS) and a Higher School Certificate (HSC), and transferred to the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Accounting, in 1988. In addition to his academic laurels is a certificate in Advanced Management Program he obtained at INSEAD Business School in Fontaine-bleau, France. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and trained with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

Mr. Udom had a vibrant career in the financial sector serving in various capacities for well over 17 years. He began his career with Diamond Bank and later joined Zenith Bank in 1996 as a pioneer manager with the Lagos Central Branch. While there he drove the Telecommunications Sector, Income Optimization, Financial and Strategic Planning Group of Zenith Bank Plc. He was also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He rose through the ranks at Zenith Bank as a Chief Financial Officer.

Amongst many of the hierarchical positions he held while with the bank include Group Head of Income Optimization, Financial Control & Strategic Planning Department as a General Manager and Executive Director on the Board of Zenith Bank till December 2006.

Mr. Udom also served as a Audit Manager of Price Waterhouse Coopers; Executive Director Africa Finance Corporation (AFC); Director, Nigerian Inter-bank Settlement Systems (NIBBS); Non-Executive Director, Zenith Bank, United Kingdom; Zenith Bank- Gambia; Zenith Bank-Sierra Leone; Zenith Insurance; Zenith Pensions and Custodian; Zenith Securities; Zenith Trustees and Zenith Registrars

His political Career began in 2013 with his appointment as the Secretary to the State Government of Akwa Ibom. In 2015, he emerged winner in the gubernatorial elections and was sworn in as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. He was re-elected for a second term during the March 2019 Guber elections, and was sworn in on May 29, 2019.