Frank Nweke Biography, Age, Career, Spouse, Education, Networth

Frank Nweke Jr
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Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Duties, and Youth Development
In office
April 2004 – June 2005
Minister of Information and National Orientation
In office
June 2005 – January 2007
Preceded by Chukwuemeka Chikelu
Minister of Information and Communications
In office
January 2007 – May 2007
Preceded by Obafemi Anibaba (Communications)
Succeeded by John Odey
Director General, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG)
In office
Preceded by Dr. Ahmed Mansur
Succeeded by Laiye Jaiyeola
Personal details
Born 18 September 1965 (age 57)
Political party All Progressives Grand Alliance
Education J.F Kennedy School of Government
University of Maiduguri
Federal University of Technology, Yola

Frank Nnaemeka Nweke Jr (born 18 September 1965) is a Nigerian Politician, Entrepreneur, Teacher, and Social Innovator. He is a two-time Federal Minister in Nigeria and former Director General, of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). He is a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and is currently vying for the position of Governor of Enugu in the 2023 Nigerian General Election, upon emerging as the party candidate at the primary election in May 2022.

Until recently, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Lagos Business School and a member of the faculty, of the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG), Nigeria, where he lectured on Ethics and Values. He is an Edward S. Mason Fellow and an alumnus of the Aspen Institute, Colorado.

Nweke speaks Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa, the three major Nigerian languages fluently.

Early life

Frank Nweke II (FNJ) was born in Lagos, Nigeria to the family of the late Igwe Frank Nweke, Okeifufe Napkparu Ujo Nku I, of Ishi Ozalla, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.


Frank’s early years were spent in Lagos where he began his primary school education at St. Paul’s Catholic school. Following his family’s migration to Maiduguri, he completed his primary education at Shehu Garbai primary school, thereafter proceeding to Federal Government College, Maiduguri for his secondary school education. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Zoology from the Federal University of Technology, Yola. Thereafter, he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.

In 2007, FNJ attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a second master’s degree in Public Administration and a certificate in Strategic Management. He was elected President of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of Nigeria (2020 – 2022).

He is an Edward S. Mason Fellow and an alumnus of the Aspen Institute, Colorado.

Early career

Nweke began his career as the General Manager of FONA Nigeria Limited, an office automation and industrial safety systems company with headquarters in Enugu.

Public service

Enugu State

In 1999, Nweke was commissioned as a resident consultant to the Enugu State government on development planning and general public sector reforms. The following year, he was appointed Enugu State coordinator of the Community County Council. In these positions, Nweke provided counsel on economic development, restructuring, and privatization strategies for state-owned enterprises, and led the implementation of public-private investment projects in concert with development partners i.e. UK Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development, and World Bank.

Chief of Staff to Enugu State Governor

From June 2001 to June 2003, Nweke held the position of Chief of Staff to Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, where he managed the office of the Governor and coordinated the overall government activities.

Obasanjo Cabinet

In June 2003, Nweke was appointed Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Duties. He became Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development in April 2004. In July 2005, he was appointed Minister of Information and National Orientation and then, Minister of Information and Communication in January 2007, an office he occupied until May 2007.

During his tenure in Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council as Minister of Special Affairs, Nweke coordinated and led the implementation of bold policy reforms in the information and telecommunications sector.

Civic career


Nweke was appointed Director General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). Under his leadership, Nigeria successfully hosted its first World Economic Forum for Africa.


In 2018, Nweke co-founded NzukoLabs. 

He is the chairman of the Advisory Board for Malaria, Child, and Maternal Mortality Eradication, MACMME, Nigeria.

Until recently, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Lagos Business School and a member of faculty, School of Politics, Policy and Governance (SPPG), Nigeria, where he lectured on Ethics and Values.


Nweke is an entrepreneur and investor with interests in media, construction, and technology-based ventures.

Upon return from Harvard in 2008, He established Stellar Constellation Group, a diversified holding company with interests in Technology Solutions, Fintech, Media, Real estate, and Construction and Trading. In 2012, he co-founded ONTV and currently sits as the chairman.

In 2011, he co-led the establishment of a methanol and gas processing plant in Nigeria – Brass Petrochemical and Fertilizer Company Ltd. Nigeria, with the capacity to provide 15,000 jobs upon commencement of construction in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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Board roles and committees

Memberships and affiliations

Frank Nweke is a member of:

  • Nigerian Institute of Management
  • Nigerian Red Cross Society

Political aspiration

Nweke ran for Enugu East senatorial district seat in 2015 under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He later defected from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). In April 2022, he announced his intention to run for the APGA nomination for Governor of Enugu in the 2023 gubernatorial election.


He is estimated to be worth between $1.5m – $5m


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