The Authority Icon: CHIDI EKWUEME ONYEMELUKWE
For adroitly demonstrating that law, entrepreneurship knowledge and politics fundamentally address human development; for helping to lay the foundation which birthed “The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria” and being an inspirational model for women and exemplary ambassador for her region, country and continent, Barrister (Mrs.) Alexandria Chidi Onyemelukwe is The AUTHORITY Icon
She navigates with extensive experience in building businesses from the legal, operational and functional perspectives and has developed several notable initiatives to promote the proper structuring and assistance for Small and Medium Scale businesses in Nigeria. Meet Barrister (Mrs.) Alexandria Chidi Onyemelukwe, currently the gubernatorial running mate to Mr. Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State.
Barrister (Mrs.) Alexandria Chidi Onyemelukwe, daughter of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, is a graduate of Law from the University of Wales, United Kingdom and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. She also bagged a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Lagos and Duquesne University, Pittsburg in the United States, respectively. She had a brief stint as an Adjunct Professor of Finance in Florida, USA and is currently involved in Real Estate Law Practice and International Business. She is also a member of the New York State bar in the United States.
She has considerable exposure and experience in building businesses from the legal, operational and functional perspective. She served as Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises for three years.
In that role she developed several initiatives to promote the proper structuring and assistance for Small and medium businesses and laid the foundation for the set up for first time in Nigeria “The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria”. She was responsible for preparing the Federal Government’s position and indeed representing Mr. President on several international conferences and forums on the development of the small and medium Scale industries in Africa.
She is presently a Partner in the Firm Ekwueme, Ekwueme and Ekwueme a first rate World Class law firm run by Nigeria’s first Executive Vice President and her father Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Alex Ekwueme. She is also a director with Anabel Mobile Limited, an integrated Mobile Device, Technology and Telecoms Content Company dedicated to bringing the best technology has to offer to the mobile device consumers of Africa.
Further, she has been responsible for advising clients on tax laws, set-up of Small businesses, business incubation, as well as strategic positioning for opportunities provided by the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). She also serves as the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser to Geometric Power Ltd, Nigeria’s first Independent Power Producer based in Aba, Abia State.
According to Oseloka Obaze, “She is a promoter of excellent and qualitative education and has a great passion for the advancement of women affairs and for female gender mainstreaming in governance. She has run a foundation that is critically focused on development of human capital via education. She has also had the opportunity and privilege in the past to serve Nigeria as the Chairman, Board of Directors, Federal Housing Authority and also as Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).”