Meet Onofiok Luke

Onofiok graduated in 2005 from the University of Uyo, Nigeria with an LL.B. In 2009, he underwent further studies at the Nigerian Law School where he obtained the qualification to become a Barrister at Law in Nigeria in 2010.

After a 3-year engagement with Governor Godswill Akpabio as Personal Assistant, Onofiok was nominated to the Nigerian Youth Parliament where he was later elected as the pioneer Speaker of the 109-member Parliament, a non-stipendiary institution put together by then President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to help generate inputs from elite Nigerian youths into the country’s mainstream governance.

In 2011, Onofiok won sufficient votes at the primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria) to run in that year’s general election for a seat to represent Nsit Ubium state constituency in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly. He was elected on 21 December 2015 as the 11th Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly.

On Friday, 29 June 2018, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barrister Onofiok Luke, officially declared his intention to contest for the Etinan Federal House of Representatives’ seat. He did this and pledged to give the people of the area effective and excellent representation at the National Assembly from 2019.

On 24 February 2019, Mr Onofiok Luke, a PDP candidate running for the Etinan federal constituency in the House of Representatives, became the first to be declared winner of Etinan Federal constituency by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Onofiok is still seen as a rights activist although in recent years, he has played less activist roles as he becomes more deeply involved in leadership at both national and state levels.

His activism gained national prominence when he served as President of the Student Union Government of the University of Uyo. Onofiok led a mass student protest against the university management which had increased school fees and other sundry charges for students of the institution without justification. Onofiok, like many other students he led at the time, believed that being a government-funded institution, the arbitrary increase in fees by the University of Uyo was callous and uncalled for. Other displeased students from across Nigeria who were in solidarity with Onofiok and the University of Uyo students joined the protest.

Following the peaceful protest he led, one still seen as a rare bravery, the university management rusticated Onofiok Luke for two years. But after having been found clean of every allegation by the school, Onofiok was recalled later to complete his studies for a degree in Law.

Onofiok’s boldness, erudition, and principles have earned him the respect of many of Nigeria’s youths. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education programme and an Honorary Texan.

Luke, in 2011, became an Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), an international non-profit platform for credible, accomplished and uniquely patriotic Nigerians. He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Global and Continental leadership engagements.

Luke has been on several international assignments for his country. He represented the country’s youths in the 2010 World Youth Conference in Leon, Mexico. He was also Nigeria’s representative at the African Union youth pre-forum to the 2014 high level dialogue on democracy, human rights, and governance in Africa. At the conference which held in Nairobi Kenya and had top-ranking African diplomats in attendance, Luke spoke on Youth, Power, and Politics for Sustainable Peace in Africa.

Luke was one of few selected Nigerian youth leaders who attended the annual leadership mentoring programme in Singapore in 2011 where he drew leadership lessons from former Singaporean leader, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and Mr. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.

Religious Views

Although raised as a Christian of the orthodox Qua Iboe Church, Onofiok now worships with Full Life Christian Centre in Uyo, Nigeria. He is a Born Again Christian and openly promotes the Christian doctrine of the payment of Tithes.

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