Kema Chikwe

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Kemafo Nonyerem Chikwe
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Kema Chikwe at an Igbo new yam festival, Dublin, Ireland.
Federal Minister of Transport
In office
June 1999 – 2001
Succeeded byOjo Maduekwe
Federal Minister of Aviation
In office
2001 – May 2003
Preceded byOlusegun Agagu
Succeeded byIsa Yuguda
Personal details
BornAba, Abia State, Nigeria
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party

Kemafo Nonyerem "Kema" Chikwe is a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Aviation. She currently holds the position of National Women Leader of the Nigerian political party PDP.

Chikwe started school at the age of five at Aba in what is now Abia State. She majored in French at the Advanced Teachers’ College, Owerri. She then attended Queen’s College of the City University of New York where she obtain degrees in French. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in curriculum education. Chikwe became a radio journalist, editor and a publisher. She was chief executive and publisher, Prime Time Limited, publishers of Ash magazine. She has published three books, edited a number of publications and contributed to several books.[1]

She became involved in a number of non-governmental organisations, first entering politics in the second republic. Her sympathies were for the National Party of Nigeria, NPN. She later cast her political lot with the NRC, UNCP and now PDP.[1] She was appointed Minister of Transport, and then of Aviation by President Olusegun Obasanjo, holding office until May 2003. She later went on to run for the Governor of Imo state. In 2009 she became the Nigerian ambassador to Ireland.[2]

She is also the mother of Nigerian rapper Naeto C.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Kema Chikwe". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  2. ^ Yetunde Oladeinde (May 25, 2004). "I'm not Obasanjo's girl – Kema Chikwe". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on January 1, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  3. ^ Babajide Okonrende (22 August 2008). "The Big Deal about Naeto C". Retrieved 2010-02-16.