Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi

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Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi
Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi.jpg
Nigerian Senator
Assumed office
June 2015
ConstituencyAnambra North
Federal Minister of Aviation, Nigeria
In office
4 July 2011 – 12 February 2014
Preceded byFidelia Njeze
Succeeded byMr. Osita Chidoka
Personal details
Born (1962-01-05) 5 January 1962 (age 57)
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi (born January 5, 1962) is a Nigerian Senator and former Minister of Aviation. She was confirmed to the ministerial post and sworn in on July 2, 2011.[1][2][3] and was deployed to the Ministry of Aviation on July 4, 2011.[4][5][6] She was however relieved of her duties as Minister of Aviation on 12 February 2014. She was also active in the political campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, where she served as his campaign's Director of Administration and Finance.

In 2013 she was one of the delegates chosen by the President to attend the Papal inauguration of Pope Francis together with David Mark, President of the Senate and Viola Onwuliri, Foreign Minister.[7]

On 23 February 2017, Punch Newspaper reported her four companies accounts frozen over alleged indebtedness of $16,412,819.06 and N100,493,225.59 by the Federal high court in Lagos. The four companies are Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited, Sea Shipping Agency Limited, Rotary Engineering Services Limited, and Tour Afrique Company Limited with 21 bank accounts.

She has been involved in numerous controversies ranging from highly inflated purchase of BMW bullet-proof cars without following due process[8] as well as allegations that Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi purportedly lied that about she obtained an MBA degree from St Paul's College. However, the News website, SaharaReporters, had on Jan 6th 2014 quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs. Oduah claimed she studied for bachelor's and master's degrees, as saying they did not award her an MBA at any time as the university does not even have a graduate school or graduate programme.[9][10]

In 2015, she was one of 109 senators elected to the 8th assembly. Only seven of these were women. The others were Rose Okoji Oko, Uche Ekwunife, Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Oluremi Tinubu, Biodun Olujimi and Binta Garba.[11]


Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi was born to Igwe D.O. Oduah of Akili-Ozizor, L.G.A. in Anambra State on January 5, 1962.[12] Oduah-Ogiemwonyi received her Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States. she returned to Nigeria in 1983 and she joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.[13]

In 1992, she left the NNPC to establish the Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Limited (SPG), an independent marketer of petroleum products in Nigeria.[14]

She was married to the former Minister for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi[13] and has children.


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  2. ^ Aug 30, 2013, 08:31 PM. "Senate President David Mark Read The List of Nigeria's Ministerial Nominees". The InfoStride. Retrieved 2013-08-30.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "President Swears In 14 Ministers, Returnees Retain Former Portfolios". Retrieved 2013-08-30.
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  5. ^ "Jonathan's cabinet". Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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  7. ^ "Pope Inauguration: David Mark To Lead FG Delegation To Vatican City | INFORMATION NIGERIA". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "How Aviation Minister Stella Oduah Forced Cash-Strapped Aviation Agency To Spend $1.6 Million On Two BMW Armored Cars For Her". Sahara Reporters. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah Scrambles To Cover Up Certificate Forgery Scandal-PREMIUM TIMES". Sahara Reporters. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah in fresh fake doctorate degree scandal - Premium Times Nigeria". 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  11. ^ The 6 female senators in 8th National Assembly, Naij,com, Retrieved 15 February 2016
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 9 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
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  14. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 2013-08-30.