Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

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Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State, Petroleum Resources
Assumed office
11 November 2015
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
In office
August 2015 – 4-July-2016
Preceded byDr. Joseph Thlama Dawha
Succeeded byDr. Maikanti K. Baru
President of OPEC
In office
December 2015 – December 2015
Preceded byDiezani Alison-Madueke
Succeeded byMohammed Saleh Al Sada
Personal details
Born (1956-12-18) 18 December 1956 (age 62)
Nigeria, Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Kachikwu
EducationHarvard University and University of Nigeria, Nsukka
OccupationPublic Servant

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (born December 18, 1956) is the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and the immediate past Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation married to Elizabeth Kachikwu.


Kachikwu is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He thereafter obtained a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Law from Harvard University, with distinctions.[1]


Kachikwu is married to Elizabeth Kachikwu and they have three children. One of his children is fast rising Nigerian music act KACH



He was appointed as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Chief Executive to wide public acclaim in August, 2015 under the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.[2] On November 11, 2015, Kachikwu was named the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources by the President.[3] He was named as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as provided for under Section 1(2) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act of 1997, as amended on 4th of July, 2016.[4]

He was removed as the GMD of the NNPC by President Muhammadu Buhari and replaced with Dr. Maikanti K. Baru on 4th of July, 2016.[5]

Restructuring Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation[edit]

One of the first restructuring processes he embraced was to reduce the number of Directorates from eight to four in a move that led to the appointment of four new Group Executive Directors, to run the four new Directorates.[6] Kachikwu in a bid to provide employees with general updates on the Corporation's progress, launched a series of weekly podcasts which is sent to the over 13,000 members of staff. However, on March 8 2016, he increased the directorates from four to seven. [7]


He is the immediate past President of the OPEC Conference with a tenure that expired in January 2016. He has chaired the 168th Meeting of the OPEC Conference held in Vienna, Austria, on December 4, 2015, as its President. He was replaced by Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar.[8]

Media enterprise[edit]

In 1989, Kachikwu pioneered romance journalism, a genre that explores romantic tales and relationship issues across the country. This was done through the unveil of Hints magazine, a weekly publication by his media enterprise, True Tales Publications Limited. Kachikwu readily connected to a wide audience via his weekly column, ‘Fatherhood with Ibe,’ where he shared with his readers his experiences as a father.[9] In 2013, Kachikwu's True Tales Publications Limited launched ‘Hello Nigeria,’ a lifestyle magazine that offers an exclusive peak at the life, loves and triumphs of admired celebrities, business leaders and politicians.[10] The maiden edition of the magazine featured icons in music, film, fashion, culture and style, drawn from Nigeria and Ghana.[11]

Social media presence[edit]

Kachikwu regularly shares updates about his various activities in the Oil and Gas Sector on his personal Facebook, Google+, Linkedin page and Twitter account. [12] This comes after the unveiling of Twitter and Facebook social media platforms for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in his first few weeks in office. [13]


  1. ^ Agency, Reporter. "The man Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu". The Nation Newspapers. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ Odiogor, Hugo. "Ibe Kachikwu: A technocrat comes to work". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ Bakare, Tonye. "Buhari inaugurates cabinet, Fashola to head power, works and housing ministry". Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ Solomon, Henry. "Buhari Approves NNPC's New Board of Directors". Nigerian Television Authority. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ Group, NNPC. "New NNPC GMD Takes Over". Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ Nwachukwu, Clara. "Kachikwu appoints 4 new GEDs for NNPC". Vanguard Newspapers. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ Kazeem, Yomi. "Nigeria's latest tool in its battle to fix an opaque and corrupt oil industry is a podcast". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ Adugbo, Daniel. "Qatar's Al Sada replaces Kachikwu as OPEC President". DailyTrust Newspaper. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  9. ^ Ezeamalu, Ben. "New NNPC GMD, Ibe Kachikwu, is publisher of romance, fashion magazines". Premium Times. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  10. ^ Obioha, Vanessa. "Celebrating Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu". This Day. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  11. ^ Bella, Naija. "First Look at HELLO! Nigeria Magazine's Debut Issue – 2Face Idibia, Jackie Appiah, RMD, Stephanie Linus, Folake Folarin-Coker & More Icons". Bella Naija. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ Alade, Abiodun. "Kachikwu joins Twitter, says 'fuel scarcity will be over soon'". Vanguard Newspapers. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  13. ^ Breaking, Times. "Is this change? NNPC Reactivates Abandoned Twitter Account After Two Years". Breaking Times. Retrieved 25 January 2016.