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Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah “Lies” About her MBA, Covers Tracks by Erasing References Online



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Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah Ogiemwonyi is facing a new scandal; this time it is concerning her Masters Degree.

In 2011, she submitted her résumé to the Nigerian Senate as a ministerial nominee.

It highlighted that she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Saint Paul’s College, Virginia, USA.

Sahara Reporters recently contacted the Office of the President of the College. It was revealed that the school in its 125-year history has never had a graduate school or program.

“We don’t offer any graduate programs here”, the Provost Vice President of Institutional Development said in response to the enquiries by the news agency.

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After the news was made public, Premium Times ran a story that Stella Oduah and her team are scrambling to cover up her tracks by deleting every information on her educational background from the internet.

A rep for the minister is yet to respond on the allegations. Her school details are no longer available on her official Wikipedia page.

Yakubu Datti, the spokesperson of the aviation agencies, revealed he was not aware of the allegation against the minister, but disclosed that there were recent attempts by the minister and her team to revise her profiles on the web and clean any reference to St Paul’s College.


  1. oola

    January 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks BellaNaija for reporting this News

  2. Tiki

    January 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    How stupid can people be?

    • Jason

      November 25, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Tell us you’ve never done something stupid as well

  3. Dr. N

    January 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Gbese! How will this one go down?

    • Cancel Reply

      January 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Go down ke!I am sure the woman is unperturbed by this!This too shall pass!

  4. Hmm

    January 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    That Photo…It’s like she’s saying “Ah Ah! Not Again!” LOOL

  5. Chioma

    January 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This is really sad, shows a lack of integrity. If it’s true, she should be relieved of her duties.

    • Chigbo

      January 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      For the where? Only in a functioning society will that happen. She ll still be occupying that position come 2015 if those miscreants have their way.

  6. Didi

    January 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! Nigerian news just get more embarrassing by the day. So u mean to tell me there are no checks and balances to make sure people are actually qualified for the position they are appointed to? Only in Nigeria will people say I graduated from so so school n no one ever bothers to confirm that. What a disgrace!

    • AsHAni

      January 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      not only in Nigeria! in the UK a couple of months ago, some high flying lawyer/barrister also to have attended several unis etc and non of his employers checkd till years latr! what am I saying sef! another one here in the states!!! so…no be only motherland

    • whocares

      January 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      I read about the Barrister as well. LOOL. Dum dum dum!!! I honestly have no idea how this will play out.

    • Leah

      January 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Dear friend this is how the system o. All these appointments are based on favours not qualification. Never trust a grown up that wears colored contact lense as well as an adult that automatically starts adding titles like “Princess” or Prince to their names. You’d think that a woman with much a position is smart enough to know that you don’t get a Master’ Degree from a 2 year college or an undergraduate college. Good job again to Sahara and way to go Bella! Finally reporting on something worth while, go on with your bad self BN.

    • Jason

      November 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

      How ignorant can you be? Like seriously. Her father was a real king. Go be jealous of someone somewhere else. Y’all talk as if you’ve not done something similar or worse than our government.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Babes, I agree with Ashani. Many organisations have HR depts who’re too overworked (or negligent, depending on the organisation) to verify these things. I told my employers I had certain quals, work experience etc at my interview. Nothing was fabricated but till this very day, nobody’s ever asked me for copies of the certificates I claim to have or checked my work history. I’ve seen many people take advantage of this loophole in the system, both oyibo and Africans (oh, the stories I could tell you of how it often comes back to bite them in the rear…) so it’s not a problem that’s unique to Naija.

  7. me2me

    January 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    O no she didnt. My annoyance is that Nigerians will not make noice o. If its some useless news we would fly out.

    Stella e don do. Now is the time to resign

  8. X-Factor

    January 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    O ma se ooo!!!

  9. kind anon

    January 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    lmao @ that pic! lady, you got caught in a lie, time to face the music

  10. Endo

    January 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Web of lies unravelling!

    Pls share your endometriosis stories @ Let’s beat endo together !

  11. right

    January 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    GEJ gave her this position to reward her for the Neighbor to Neighbor campaign she ran during elections in 2011. When will Aviation ministry have a qualified minister?

    • Sam

      January 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Sahara reporters has been known for gorilla journalism, just watch out,

    • nene

      January 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      lol.gorilla ko, orangutan ni. it’s guerilla

    • Tru

      January 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      @ Nene: Kai, Neeeeeennnneeeeeee!!!! LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! 🙂

    • asgrl

      January 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Nene Just killed me with this response ohhhhhh

  12. miss_flygerian

    January 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    This is very shameful. Why on earth did she lie about something that was inexistent and why the hell was her credentials not reviewed and confirmed? I tire for Naija, wallahi.

  13. funmi

    January 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Anything and everything goes in Nigeria! Its high thime she’s relieved of her duties.

    • MyView

      January 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Even at that, she has stolen enough money to last her and her family a life time. Is anyone surprised though? Have you heard her? Look at her, she looks like she should be in a movie ‘Yankee Blackberry Yahoo Senior Babes’ Part 6 along with Ini Edo and Mercy Johnson with her boobs hanging out. A country ran empty vessels and charlatans.

    • Nessa

      January 8, 2014 at 12:05 am

      LOL!!! Yankee blackberry yahoo senior babes part 6. I can’t, hahaha… I swear I can picture movie with that title with those two on the poster and it should also have a part 7, 8 and 9. Naija and mediocre in every corner.

  14. Diya

    January 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    It’s not like it’s going to affect her career. We are talking about the lawless Nigeria. She will only lose her position if an important person does not like like her personally. Has she started transferring those stolen funds to her secret bank accounts, stocking up on those horrific wigs & make up kits because it MIGHT be over for her. Depending on who is her on her side.

  15. zamunda

    January 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’m tired of Stella Oduah and all her BS. She should just kindly resign instead of waiting 2b relieved of her duties. This matter shouldn’t be rolled under the carpet like some of our other famous scandals.

  16. nene

    January 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    what nonsense. but, this woman has a lot of people against her. it’s sad that most of our leaders have fake degrees though, she’s not the only one. most of them didn’t even finish secondary school, they just buy degrees both here and abroad. i heard senator andy uba went to university in the united states..when? ex governor orji kalu went to university in the united states…when?

    • Chioma

      January 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      The funny think about oriji Kali’s own is that he claims an MBA from HArvard business school on his website. I mean if you are going to lie at the very least make it a realistic one. I think for these politicians it’s like a joke. Honestly, I don’t think you need a college degree to be a good leader, you can always hire the right people where you lack knowledge in, but to lie about having one says a lot about your character.

    • M

      January 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      GBAM!!! Sahara reporters are collecting back door cash from our egocentric male much as this is a big disgrace both to Stella and Naija,but they need to expose our male politicians that have faked just about everything. Anytime a woman holds a public position they go extra miles to find dirts on them,do the same to male agbero politicians and stop attacking the weak it is getting old.

  17. Temi

    January 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    For wayyyyyyyyyy less than the $1.6 million she spent on a car i could have taken her graduate classes for her from an actual American University with accreditation. Since 2011, she for almost don finish with PhD by now. The rest of you ministers that lied on your resume, the time is now, contact me, 20% discount for the first 50 people. I know una wey lie on paper plenty pass that. 2014 the hustle in on!! (That’s my slogan this year)

    • Dr. N

      January 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Temi! This your hustle! Na so u sabi book reach? Do u guarantee good grades? Lol.

  18. Bamzi

    January 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Which way Nigeria? Really

  19. ibrahim

    January 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I thought you have to go through SSS clearance before u even go for senate confirmation. That’s 9ja for you. This woman has nine lives. Even if she kills on live TV. She’ll retain her position. GEJ needs her for 2015.

    • Chigbo

      January 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm


  20. Gistyinka Blog

    January 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This women is totally in mess again.. Now she deserve to be sack by GEJ..

  21. babygiwa

    January 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Dis-honourable minister ma, if this is true abeg jejely resign.

  22. Leila

    January 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    It all makes so much sense now. The woman is aggressively carrying out extensive renovations on all her properties in my estate as we speak cos she knows she is on her way out. Our nations wealth is really being put to good use. Well done Madam Minister.

    • TA

      January 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      I see we live in same neighbourhood,he he he!

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      January 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Would that be in the land of VGC? (covers eye)

  23. Ghostmode

    January 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    The most annoying part is that she didn’t even take time to research if the graduate program is offered by the school, she made no effort to even give a good lie taking us for complete fools!!!

  24. Chigbo

    January 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Ghen! Ghen! The shit has hit the fan….lol

  25. lakelizzy

    January 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    You are all missing what’s important. What would come out of this news? Will the citizens of Nigeria hold her accountable? Is she going to be giving proper discipline like being stripped of this position etc? These are important questions. My people stop the complaints, start acting. Make your government accountable to you.

  26. anona

    January 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Even deiziani lied about her year of Graduation. She said she graduated in 1988. Meanwhile Howard Uni said it was 1992. Plus, on their record she was male not female.. somebody pls clarify this gist

    • Candor

      January 8, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Wow, that’s too bad

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      January 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Omo, e remain to think say na spirit some of them be.

  27. Rhecks

    January 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Really, how worse can a situation get for a country? It’s really sad that this woman was screened by the senate before being appointed as a minister….which way my dear country Nigeria? Smh…

  28. Omalicha

    January 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Say what u will about Sahara, but they are the most thorough and honest journalistic group coming out of Nigeria! They are fearless and always give u amazing news with facts! Keep up the great work guys!

    • Omalicha

      January 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      *….amazing news with “proof”

  29. Tobenna

    January 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    …and you tell me Jonathan is not supporting Corruption??? Give me a Break…

  30. mouth mouth

    January 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm


  31. jinkelele

    January 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    What I dont understand is if an MBA was a criteria for ministerial post?

    I mean mamapeace was a teacher in civil service – that says a lot

  32. timi

    January 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Nothing will happen !! the only crime Nigerians fight is the crime of HOMOSEXUALITY!! That is what unites HOLY NIGERIANS. This too shall pass abeg.

  33. John

    January 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    With no intentions of supporting her but if we know how Wikipedia works, we can argue that anyone might have edited her page, especially premium times so as to pass their message. Someone started working on the page today at 1:56pm and wasn’t a registered user so you can’t tell who it was as you can only see the Internet code trace, it’s only somewhere from 2:41pm you would begin to see registered users editing the page. Click on her wiki page and then click source to see what am saying. Would be good to understand that anyone can edit a wiki let’s do our digging well before we crucify her…I hope she has something to say though or better just resign.

  34. John

    January 8, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Just to add that the CV on which Sahara reporters published quotes that after she obtained her first degree from St Paul’s and was offered a job, she turned if down and stayed back for her masters…this doesn’t indicate her masters was from St Pauls. Let’s do some more investigation guys.

  35. Nessa

    January 8, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I think pretty much everyone knows that anyone can edit a wiki page. But in this case “anyone” with what intention? Yes we do not a any physical evidence of her literally doing it, but that does not change the fact that it was done all of a sudden after all this while, right after the Sahara report. Who ever did it, did it to erase the fact and obviously will try this time to be smart and not leave a trace. So you expect her to register while she edits the page? The point is along with many issues this woman has been having, did she also lie on her resume. Your comment is quite annoying and shows a little glimpse into what is wrong with that country.

    • John

      January 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      What annoys you in my comment baffles me…I have only suggested we investigate in our before we condemn people as everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So we should crucify her cos of a news report and wiki edit. Not only are there chances she lied, I also advised she resign and fully aware this is political….so I don’t get your point and if something is wrong with Nigeria, aren’t you a Nigerian? Please take a chill pill sister.

    • mikellto

      January 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      well well wellllllllllllllll na dobule whala for dead bo0dy

    • whocares

      January 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Is it bad that I couldn’t read your comment because I was fixated on your avatar (what is the colour sef? its not yellow. )

  36. Cool cat

    January 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

    This is grounds for her appointment to be terminated. Same thing happened with Salish buhari, first speaker of the house and he was impeached. This is a national disgrace

  37. Emy

    January 8, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Uncle John! You are stella’s PA abi? Even if what you said were true the shameful minister needs to step down. Too many info about her already. One may start thinking y Goodluck is still adamant on relieving her of her duties.

  38. Angel

    January 8, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Mehn! Only in Nigeria sha. I know somebody somewhere is probably out to finish her but seriously she self she no try at all. Stella u could do better, u were given a position that men feel it’s reserved for them because our society dictates that (man’s world). u should ve equipped ur self better, am so disappointed, I hate it when women who should set example plays the game same way men do it. It’s so annoying………
    Abeg make she just resign

  39. mara

    January 8, 2014 at 2:10 am

    FOOLIGAN…I swear.

  40. Yadudu

    January 8, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Stella should stay put, until everybody in Jonathan administration is ready to submitted them-self for certificate verification. Where are all the Stella accuser when Jonathan refused to declare his asset when it is require by law. Stella should not resign period Jonathan should show us his certificate because I doubt his PHD.

  41. Marvel

    January 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

    The sad truth is, if you fly locally or internationally, you might have noticed her input even structurally to our airports. Who can remember how the local airports used to look like run down boys quarters? Oduah is being hunted out of a much coveted role however fake her qualifications. Apart from Graham-Douglas, which Aviation minister over the last 15 years owned an Aviation related qualification? Dikko the head of customs faked his WAEC papers and personally sent boys to seize newspapers around Abuja with the front page news. What happened? Nothing. With her fake qualifications, she is doing more in her role than the last 3 ministers. I am not about to join the bash the Oduah team until we become consistent about punishing ALL liars and not just Etteh and Oduah, who also happen to be females.


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  44. Onye

    January 8, 2014 at 3:53 am

    GEJ will say…”we are getting to the bottom of this”

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      January 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      And we will tell him the bottom she have already open and the smelling can waking the dead.

  45. Praise

    January 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    No doubt about this, it will fizzle out soonest. Oga at the top will protect her. Abi na today we dey see or hear things like this? God is our only hope in this country.

  46. 'Midé

    January 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    In the part of the world wey I dey, you go cut/trim down your massive qualification, so you don’t intimidate co-workers , or appear overqualified. Not in Naija sha ! You must enhance that resume (CV). Isn’t this funny? Different strokes for different folks. Yes o!

    I just dey yarn o. I no trust nobody for Naija anymore. E fit be enemies wey dey pursue Princess Oduah !! O ga o ! Princess indeed doing the needful. Ha!

  47. mama mia!!!

    January 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    John, you need Jesus!!!

  48. Kolo

    January 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Gush! how true is this?

  49. mikellto

    January 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    well well well good luck for jonathan

  50. Yvette

    January 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Imagine, how can Nigerian Government couldn’t verified the certificate before appointing anybody as a minister or senator. These are the people that are suppose to see to the growth of airlines in Nigeria, they’re bunch of liars. I was thinking of informing the house about a start-up airline that is asking its applicants to pay a sum of N80,000 for training, applicants that are looking for job, where would they get such amount. If Oduah hear about it, what could she do? after forging a certificate.

  51. sissy

    January 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

    stella oduah LOOKS like a grown up runs girl tbh…

    • Jason

      November 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

      That’s someone’s mother.

  52. zelda

    January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    but dats wt she is,frm a reliable source

  53. Mrs oki

    December 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm


  54. Blessed & highly favoured

    December 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Na wah for Stella …..

  55. Mrs Okao Akha

    December 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Where is she now?

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