Nnenna Elendu Ukeje

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Nnenna Ijeoma Elendu Ukeje // is the former representative for Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State, Nigeria. She was re-elected to this position on 29 May 2011 and also served as the Chairman house committee on foreign affairs. In the 2015 general elections she was also re-elected to the house of representative & once again appointed as the house committee chairman on foreign affairs. In 2019, she was replaced by Benjamin Kalu.


Ukeje is from Alayi, Abia State and attended Federal Government Girls' College, Owerri, Imo State. She also attended the University of Benin, Edo State before graduating from the University of Lagos with a bachelor's degree in education.[1]

Prior to her political career, Ukeje enjoyed a successful career in the hotel management industry. Ukeje has stated that her passion for public service comes from her father, late Captain Sunday Elendu-Ukeje, who was a decorated pilot with the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Airways prior to his retirement. Her mother, Roseline Ukeje, served as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court prior to her retirement.[2][3] Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje has experienced discrimination, sexual innuendoes, physical threats and insubordination mainly from male colleagues. But each time she fought back.[4]

Political career[edit]

Ukeje's initial foray into politics was her first election in office in 2007 as the Representative for Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State under the People's Democratic Party.[5] She was re-elected in 2011. In 2015 she was one of 15 women members and of the ten from the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria) who were elected to the 8th National Assembly. The other PDP women were Eucharia Okwunna, Sodaguno Festus Omoni, Nkiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha, Rita Orji, Evelyn Omavowan Oboro, Beni Butmaklar Langtang, Omosede Igbinedion Gabriella, Fatima Binta Bello and Stella Obiageli Ngwu.[6]

On 12 May 2021, the Deputy Chairman of Bende Local Government Area Promise Uzoma Okoro chaired a Grand civic reception in her honour at the Bende Local Government Headquarters.[7] Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who graced the event as Special guest described her as the priceless jewel of Abia Politics.[8] The Speaker of the 7th Abia State House of Assembly Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji on his part said that the Official Peoples Democratic Party will bounce back in Bende with the return of Ukeje.[9]


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  2. ^ Uzoanya, Ekwy P.; Awodipe, Toby (18 April 2015). "Nigerian Women's Scorecard In 2015 Polls". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Biography of Nnenna Ukeje". Nigerian Biography. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "Nigerian lawmaker fears violence is scaring women from politics". news.trust.org. Retrieved 13 May 2021. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Celebrities 28 04 13". Issuu. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  6. ^ Jimoh, Abbas (6 June 2015). "Women of the 8th National Assembly". Daily Trust. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  7. ^ "PDP charts new path to recover Bende federal constituency seat from APC". Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Gov. Ikpeazu Hails Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje As Jewel Of Abia Politics". Leadership. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  9. ^ "With Ukeje's Return PDP Will Bounce Back In Bende". Abia Pulse. Retrieved 11 October 2021.