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Gov. Obiano of Anambra Appoints 30-year old Mark Okoye as Commissioner



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Mark Okoye

Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano has appointed 30-year old Mark Okoye as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development.

He was confirmed by the Anambra state House of Assembly on Wednesday.

Mark studied Finance at George Washington University and was a former  Associate at Afrinvest West Africa.Mark Okoye

He was a former Executive Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion & Protection Agency and was also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and Budget.Mark Okoye3

Governor Obiano in a tweet said that if not for constitutional restraints, the state would have 24-year-old commissioners.


  1. madman

    June 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Oshofree… where my babes at? freshblood…

    • Damilola

      June 17, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Highly impressive. I hope others will follow because the youth are the future of tomorrow. It’s time for action. Nigeria desperately need New mindset, fresh ideas, and new younger faces that will add value.
      The old people keep recycling the same rusty archaic ideas that hasn’t worked in the last 50 years. Recycling the same old people who are most likely suffering from alzheimers. Time for change.

      P.S I hope he’s as involved and not just used as an accessory. There’s a meeting I used to attend with my parent, they will always say we need our children to attend. But Then when we show up and say our suggestion, this parent will treat us like babies and not even pay attention. So frustrating. Meanwhile, none of them make any sense at that meeting.

    • Random

      June 18, 2016 at 2:59 am

      Damilola, I pray you grow old one day and know what it feels like to be addressed the way you have addressed the older generation. Even when you disagree or dislike something. You should still show some grace and never compromise your manners.
      The privilege we get from blogging anonymously seems to bring out the monsters in some of us….notice I said us…everyone is guilty at different extents.
      Young or old, what matters is integrity and productivity…..congrats to the commissioner.

    • Damilola

      June 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Random, you are entitled to your sentiment while I’m also entitled to my opinion. We have used “respect” to cover up too many unnecessary wrongs that should be addressed and called out. Respect is earned. What I said is not insult neither did I curse them out. If the generation after me don’t feel impressed with my generation or feel we didn’t do much to help ourselves as a whole. They are entitled to their feelings/opinions.
      The truth is, there are some government officials who have no business in positions, some are suffering from many things(medical, psychological, mental issues) that’s preventing them from being as productive, active and effiicient but because of “seniority” or connection they are appointed. Take a look at some of buhari’s cabinet officials, they should be home resting and waiting for the day God calls them.
      And I stand on it, many of them make absolutely no sense. What worked for them during their time is not applicable now. People are evolving.

  2. yety

    June 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    emm Bella what we want to know is if he is married, dude is fine !!!

    • No girl

      June 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Thirsty? Lol

    • JustMyComment

      June 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Yes, he’s married. A quick Google search can answer many a question!
      On more important aspects of this story, I don’t care if he’s 30, 60, or 90. As long as he’s QUALIFIED and of upstanding character that will do a good job. I’ve realized age and on paper credentials typically have nothing to do with successful execution in this country. I’ve seen enough old fools who demand you hail them by every title in the world–“Chief Dr. Honorable Captain Jude Professor So-and-S0”–but have nothing in their minds and no willpower to start or finish anything worthwhile. Just give us someone with a brain who actually wants to serve the people properly. I hope he does well!

    • iREP

      June 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      LOL. You’re a few months late on this. Mans is happily MARRIED

    • summer

      June 17, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Nne he is very married oh!! His wife is so adorable and they both make a very gorgeous couple!! I follow her on instagram and i just admire what they have. Wishing them all the best in their careers and everything else!

    • Mama Caro

      June 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Yes he is married, you’re late by 4 months.

  3. Vonic Wellington

    June 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    That’s what we are talking about not the recycle of some scaly wags as commissioners or ministers. Good job!

  4. Le coco

    June 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I’m single oo

    • Jagz

      June 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Le commisionaire can’t help you wiv that Le coco…

  5. Everykobo

    June 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is quite impressive from the governor. The Nigerian youths deserves some opportunities to prove their worth. Excellent…

  6. naya

    June 17, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Too cute, is he married? Cos I saw him in my dreams and I was confused.
    Lord I agree now????

    • Thirsty!

      June 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      No..he gonna be your nightmare..thirsty!

    • Californiabawlar

      June 18, 2016 at 3:38 am

      Hian! A whole nightmare? Boy o boy! Why do y’all take these thirsty comments so seriously?!! Lighten up yo! Or do you honestly not have a sense of humor? These are my favorite comments to be sincere…it’s not that serious. Plus I’m actually be flattered when women ogle at my man. Lols.
      I remember the shitstorm that was raised because of comments on RMD’s photos…some people damn well near quoted the entire scriptures and invoked armagedon style fire and brimstone in response. I think a lot of women on BN have been traumatized by their cheating mates…somebody cannot even play with them again…even when it’s not their men???
      Biko, anonymous comments online are not the problem with your men…a manz going to do what a manz going to do. So please…calm yo tittaysss, my sistaz, calm yo tittaysss.

  7. Mz IB

    June 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I expect more of this in times to come, we should really be the future leaders of tomorrow.. I think he’s the youngest politician to have attain this so far.

  8. Ethio

    June 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    this is one singular reason why I instantly love obiano. obiano i love you!

  9. Mark's babe

    June 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations babe on your appointment. Love you.xx

    • Ona

      June 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      LMAOOOOO! Let them know!

  10. Small boy

    June 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    This is the young man the governor called a small boy?He spoilt the idea behind the appointment by calling him a small boy.

  11. princevinco

    June 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Thank God for him, I hope there will be a positive change in his administration with the injection of a young brain in his cabinet.

  12. Hordunayor

    June 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Congrat to him, I am really happy about this….. And the guy be making the ladies droooooooooool…….Lol.

  13. Eve

    June 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    @yety he is married

  14. Adaeze Writes

    June 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Our governor is working!!!

    For thrilling stories visit

  15. harida

    June 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    hapi 4 d young man.same age wt my lil bro who was appointed commissioner 4 transport in kogi state.wish dem well

    • uche

      June 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

      What is his name?

  16. B.E

    June 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Thirsty bunch!! Can y’all just chill for a bit and ask the right questions, congrats by the way but what was the selection process like? What does his role entail?

    Gov Obiano mentioned the possibility of having 24 youths but can he honestly say it will be equal opportunity for all or will these 24 be kids of friends and associates?

  17. Fleur

    June 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I dont want to spoil the joy so let me start by congratulating the young man. Nigerians, let me remind you that this young man probably did not just follow the “I beg to apply” method to access the opportunities he has been blessed with. Money and pedigree begets money, pedigree, job types and more. So while we all want to emulate him and fall in line to be the next with much prayers, this kind of prayer will not be heard for many average Joes that may even be more qualified because you simply dont have the access that you need, and especially so in Nigeria. Track back to the positions he has held and he literally was handed a silver spoon from the day he walked away from GWU. I really am happy for his “luck” or is it “lot” in life but this is not an accurate story to tell Nigerian youth as they will never get to even have the opportunity to shine governor’s shoes not to talk of hold these mightily reverred and highly political positions like “Commissioner” unless they play really dirty and big in the political scene (when you dont have money you climb through thuggery). He has a godfather called Abraham and he aint going to hell. We are in trouble as a country. Many will follow his tract desperately (try to get to GWU and try to get a finance degree and try to work in Afrinvest) and find out it simply does not work for them and become disenfranchised. As a country, we need to start talking about equity in opportunity and access or else we can only expect worse Avenger and BH types to emerge in a matter of a few years. Sorry to burst the bubble. #Opportunityinequity #accessinequity

    • Fleur

      June 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm


    • uche

      June 19, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Everybody can never be at the top. Thats the príncipe of life

  18. nnenne

    June 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Way to go!
    He is experienced somewhat too.

  19. Tosin

    June 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Looks like he’s earned it. Nice.

  20. Fleur

    June 18, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Thinking about it now, is not the son of Chief Mark Okoye – Minister of State of some sort back in 1982-1983? Speaks to my whole comment about money and pedigree being the driver here. I am sure he is intelligent or he would not have used his access and opportunity well, but let us call a spade a spade and stop playing smoke and mirrors with Nigerian youth. 99.99% of them will never walk where this young man dares to walk, Harvard degrees and all, because of the uterus that birthed him.

    • Anonymous

      June 18, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Yes he is the son but if you recall the former Minister died in November 2002 as such there was no nepotism here. I know Mark personally and for several years he worked hard to get here purely on his own merit. So let’s give honor where honor is due. I wish Mark well in his appointment and pray God grants him the wisdom to excel.

  21. KeepItClassy

    June 18, 2016 at 12:21 am

    And all the aimless jobless horse hair wearing Instagram borrow posing trollops thinking they stand a chance.

  22. KeepItClassy

    June 18, 2016 at 12:24 am

    I have a dream that Africa will be run by younger people in future, thirty or fourth something educated abroad with more western exposure and common sense. This is very inspiring

    • Iris

      June 18, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Western education and exposure / common sense are sometimes mutually exclusive. You will be surprised how many of the fishheads in positions of power went to school abroad and how many graduates from Nigerian universities know how to think big and think far. It is just short-sightedness, indiscipline, and small oga greed that is doing these ones. I swear if they had had basic good home training, Nigeria would have been much better.

    • Jezebel

      June 18, 2016 at 9:31 am

      @ Keepitclassy: sorry to burst your bubble but Africa is already being run by Africans who were educated in Europe and America in their 20s/30s annnnnd (wait for it) Africa is still the mess it is.

    • fleur

      June 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      It will and has started. it will be run by the children of current and past rulers – It already started with all the CBN hires this year. they are already lined up for the next team of economic advisers. Check out what is happening in Angola with the one woman wonder daughter of the president who presides over everything. Look at who is running anything meaningful in Nigeria and tell me they are no name people. Their fathers and mothers are just too greedy if not it would have been more apparent.

  23. lookinwardsbelieveinnaija

    June 18, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Abeg you people should start hiring people that studied in Nigeria oh.
    So you know the degrees they give in this schools are meaningless and yet you’ll do nothing about their conditions.

    Forever looking outwards and never looking inwards. If he could’ve hired a white, chineese or indian man now, he’ll hire.

    All this copy copy america accent, americs culture, is not going to get anybody anywhere, you think the Nigerian music industry will be this big if they were still tryna sing like boyz 2 men and omarion.

    You better start believing in Nigeria and nigerians and stop jumping at anything foreign you see.

    Remember it was the native Nigerians (the ones who spent all their life here, that voted you in) All this foreign foreign mentality has to vamoooze.

    • fleur

      June 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Add to that the fact that you have to be of a certain pedigree these days to get a US visa….if not for the visa lottery, can you imagine the divide that would have existed between the haves and have nots?

  24. Author Unknown

    June 18, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Funny how everyone is focused on age, and congratulating him, which is good, but does anyone care what his performance track record is?

    • Mz_Danielz

      June 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I am not focused on age oh, I’m just asking myself where I was when this fiiiine anambra boy got married. Chukwu nna.

    • Author Unknown

      June 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Lmao. Your own Prince Charming will come my sister. If it’s an Anambra guy you seek, may God provide one asap.

  25. Ene

    June 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Congrats.Benue state also has a young commissioner.Women affairs.She was born in 1984.

  26. Ene

    June 18, 2016 at 7:57 am

  27. fleur

    June 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    post all my comments. i did not say anything incendiary. post my comments or be ashamed of yourselves for failing to let truth prevail in these treacherous times.

  28. fleur

    June 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Uche, how can we heal our nation when you obscure truth? How? This boy is operating under the cover of privilege and we need to call it out. I dont want many deceived that Willie Obiano and other well meaning governors (as it seems) are blind to pedigree. It is the unseen agent that places some and not others at the door steps of progress. Until we have open and competitive means for these types of positions, we should not deceive ourselves. You of all people should run a media house that is transparent and without prejudice. Post all my comments on this issue. Uche, this is what will split this country in 100 parts. PUT my message up for the sake of country. Dont allow wealth and association by status blind you and your team as well.

    • Say the truth

      June 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      “PUT my message up for the sake of country.”<—LOL

    • honey

      June 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      So people should just rise out of the dust to become commisioners and governors? They have to have serious pedigree and let us face many average joes out there attend havard and yale? Face it our universities are crap. Going there,you are wasting your time.

  29. babygiwa

    June 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Fleur, may the God I serve bless you, amen.
    Uche, post her comments!

  30. Deema

    June 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    This is def his father’s slot. It’s easier for the son of a rich to ‘get there’ than that of a poor man. God help us o…. Our time will come

  31. BN Stop It!

    June 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Fleur has raised some really key points here. I hope this young man at least performs and shows us it is not just a case of come and chop.

    It is a SHAME that BN will refuse to post certain comments until they have been prodded and begged, well done o, well done. Later you will say you are empowering women / the nation, why not start by being on the side of truth and objectivity.

  32. Former Colleague

    June 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Fleur, BN Stop It… & all other concerned nationalists

    Your concerns are germane, given ample evidence of abuse and elitist privilege all around us. However, the case of Mark Okoye II is different; I have 1st hand experience working with him as a colleague and can vouch for his excellence. He demonstrated capacity and tenacity beyond anything his peers could offer, holding down dual roles 1st in the already very demanding Investment Banking Division (ask any industry professional what this means) and also as an executive assistant to the MD. He was the associate any VP wanted to work with cos you were sure you’ll get the required model, presentation deck, pitchbook, letters etc, all delivered on time (dude will pull 2-3 all nighters to ensure he met the deadlines) and better still, at a quality level beyond your expectations. He is smart, hardworking, committed and most of all, driven by a passion to make a difference.

    It’s easy to question the resort to foreign education (and I’m actually given to the opposite sentitment, being a graduate of Unilag) but he came with much more than a BSc. His education armed him with a broad perspective to looking at issues, therefore an inherent bent for innovative approaches to solving client problems. If there ever was a staff member who everyone, each and every single member of management, believed, wanted & fought hard to retain, it is Mark! His exit wasn’t one of ambivalence; we reluctantly accepted our fate, sad to be loosing such a valuable resource but also confident he would again excel at his new role!

    He decided, supposedly against sound/good counsel (why throw your amazing career progression on the altar of Nigerian politics) to join the Peter Obi government as an Technical (& Personal) Assistant… result was such that, when the dust of reshuffling settled after H.E. Gov Obiano had reviewed the team of the predecessor, Mark was the only guy who eventually made the cut.

    Cynicism is the hallmark of our generation; armchair critics who expect that leadership would be thrust on us because we are young and supposedly virile. I’m afraid I disagree. We need to step us into leadership, seeking out the difficult tasks that require the diligent application of intellectual rigour and calm-headed execution of strategy. All our social media ranting often paves way to rank mediocrity when the opportunity beckons and demands are made of our time and resource. But, that is one perspective; Perhaps, there are/may be more Marks, making the inevitable step up, doing their level best in various pockets of the country that we aren’t yet aware of. Time would tell!

    Until then, quit moaning about Mark as the anchor point of privilege; He is most certainly not!

    Cheers, and best wishes for the rest of the weekend!

    • B.E

      June 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I don’t think you get the point, no one is saying he is undeserving. My point made earlier is that what criteria had to be fulfilled to be considered for this role? How can an average nigerian apply for such a role?

      Yes I know that there is an element of certain opportunities being available just by being at the right place at the right time and hanging around the right circle. Also, as a Christian, I also believe that if God has favoured man, most times its unexplainable so we celebrate Mark.

      However, leaders like Obiano need to ensure that there is some element of equal opportunity in their selections.

    • Amajam

      July 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Marriage is totally unimportant in this issue. It’s what he can deliver to his people that matters.

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