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Biography of Obong Victor ATTAH

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 Obong Victor ATTAH
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Born on 20/11/1938 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Victor Attah  b. November 20, 1938 , former two term governor of Akwa Ibom State in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, a highly skilled political leader, businessman, architect, and lecturer,
Mr. Attah was elected governor of Akwa Ibom in 1999, becoming the second civilian governor of his state after six years of military rule. He won a second four-year term in 2003. During this tenure, Mr. Attah was elected Chairman of the Forum of the 36 Governors of Nigeria.

By profession, Mr. Attah is an architect. He received an undergraduate degree from Leeds College of Arts and a post graduate diploma in Building Science from Liverpool University in 1965. He won the David Goodstein English Speaking Union scholarship to study at Columbia University in New York, where he obtained an MA in Advanced Architectural Design and Planning.

As governor, Mr. Attah applied his skills in architecture and city planning to modernize Akwa Ibom, earning him many awards. This includes the International Award for Leadership Role in Governance from the Nigerian Family Association in Sweden, the Face of Good Governance by Africa Today, and the Key to Africa (Leadership Excellence) Award by the prestigious President Kenneth Kaunda Foundation.

Mr. Attah is also an alumnus of the Kennedy Graduate School of Governance at Harvard University. After completing his education, he practiced as an architect in his firm of Inter Designs Partnership. He has extensive experience in his profession in the Caribbean, New York, and Nigeria.

He was born into a prominent family in Okop Ndua Erong, Asutan Ekpe in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, Victor Attah had the advantage of enlightened childhood upbringing that shaped his worldview and intellectual character. His father, having studied in the United States, was the second Nigerian to obtain a university degree in agriculture and the first to earn a Masters in the same discipline. His mother was a teacher and socio-political activist.

The future governor's primary education was at Native Authority School in Calabar, and he completed post-primary education at St. Patrick's College in 1956. The following year he earned a diploma from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and in 1965 earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Science at Liverpool University. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree in advanced Architectural Design and Planning from Columbia University in New York the following year.

Attah is a member or fellow of several professional bodies in Nigeria and overseas and has won acclaim for prominent architectural projects across Nigeria as well as in Trinidad and Tobago. He has served as president of the Nigeria Institute of Architects and a consultant to the British Overseas Development Agency, in charge of several development projects in Malawi, South Africa and the Caribbean.

"Come Let's Build It Together" has been Attah's mission statement, reflecting his background as an architect and builder. The president's visit to Akwa Ibom state is seen here as an endorsement of Attah's ability to implement the developmental designs he has drawn up.

Last update : 03/02/2008

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