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30 Year Old Anambra Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget Development Mark Okoye II is #BellaNaijaMCM this Week



In June 2016, Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano appointed 30-year old Mark Okoye II as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development to the applause of many.

He was confirmed by the Anambra state House of Assembly on June 17 2016.

Mark studied Finance at George Washington University and was an Associate at Afrinvest West Africa.

Mark, an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and Euromoney, Dubai left his blossoming banking career to join Anambra State’s Economic Think-Tank.

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

Prior to being Special Adviser, he served as Governor Obiano’s Senior Special Assistant on Investments.

According to the state government, Mark is one of the numerous youth who make up over 55% of the political appointments made by the Obiano-led Administration.

Obiano had said that Mark’s appointment would have come earlier if not for constitutional restraints. As soon as he met the 30 years minimum age, he was appointed into the position he currently occupies, making him one the youngest commissioner in Nigeria at the moment.

During his time at ANSIPPA, Mark spearheaded the successful launch of Public-Private-Partnership projects such as Coscharis farms ($100m), Lynden Poultry Farms ($40m) and Anambra Delfarms Ltd ($60m).

His introduction of monthly performance reviews of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) led to its increase from N600m per month to approximately N1.3bn per month in 12 months.

Mark was the 2016 The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) Young Person of the Year.

He is married and just welcomed his first child – a son named Mark Okoye III.

Mark is our Man Crush Monday this week.


  1. Certified Efiko

    March 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

    @Bella Naija- please correct
    As soon as he med (met)
    Top of the day to you! 🙂

  2. May

    March 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Mark is such a lovely soul. I thank God for his life

  3. Noms

    March 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Well deserved…way to go

  4. Obi

    March 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Goals –


    March 6, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is the hunk all the gals here were swooning over last year, he he he
    All u read was “Is he taken?” Is he married?” he he he he
    eh he he he heh. Who can blame them?
    Igbo boys fine and entrepreneurial like dat…..

    • Obi

      March 8, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Yes…..married and the wife just put to bed. Pele dear. He is no longer available

  6. Jachike Chibueze

    March 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This is the kind of thing I want to be hearing all the time. Young people who have decided to dedicated their expertise and the resources to their motherland in a constructive way. This is a role model right here people!

    • John Doe

      March 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      There are many “Young people willing to dedicate their expertise and resources to their motherland in a constructive way,” specifically to move the country forward by governing the right way, but the evil doers at the top won’t allow that cos they’re determined to die there and run Nigeria to the ground, then pass it to their children/relatives n the cycle continues. So, yeah, there are plenty of us out there, but we’ll probably never get that chance.

    • #Proudnigerian

      March 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Let all of them catch fire! (Prayer point). Nigeria is going to be led to the promise land by youths. Same way Moses handed over to Joshua. Heheh

  7. Deji

    March 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    @RIFFRAFF is that all you can take away from the article? Dimwit!

  8. Diokpa

    March 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This should be an inspiration to my brothers who believe that it can get better only in Biafra. There is enough space in Nigeria for all. When you think outside the box and see through limitations (including perceived marginalization etc), success will surely be waiting for you. God bless Ndi Anambra & Nigeria. Jisike MO2 and congrats to you and Wifey on arrival of MO3.

  9. Olu

    March 6, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Not to take anything away from him (because he has done very well for him), but he’s obviously a silver spoon with the right parental connections. It’s a LOT easier to think straight if you don’t have to worry about how your parents are going to feed ..or live.

    Still, he is an encouragement. More grease.

    • S

      March 7, 2017 at 2:54 am

      That is ehn. George Washington Uni tuition is not beans, neither is living in DC even on scholarship, except its full scholarship

  10. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    March 7, 2017 at 10:43 am

    @Olu, I agree with you

    If you don’t have parents with connections as a Nigerian living anywhere in the world, “e no go better for you”

    It has always been like that, and I don’t think it’s going to change

    Is Mark Okoye the 2nd; handsome? He is okay, in terms, of his looks

  11. The Sabre

    March 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    As usual, some felicitate… others try to explain away their own inadequacies by making reference to silver spoons. Always excuses… excuses… excuses… “ehn, is be’cos…” Hello? Duh!

    If only Mark had the full compliments of his parents support all thru life, perhaps, who knows how much more he would’ve achieved?

    Wo, in the final analysis, life is what you make of it. Even if your parents hold it… & dem give u access to the best institutions in the world, if ur mind can’t conceive anything… u can’t & won’t achieve nating! Case closed!!

    • rules

      March 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      No one is trying to take anything from his achievements. Simply stating the obvious reality- in Nigeria, the odds are usually in the favour of those whose ‘parents’ are ‘connected’. Now do people still make it without said connections? An emphatic Yes! But it is TOUGH (especially in public office). It is nothing to be insecure about. Just a matter of perspective. Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because its not a problem to you personally.


    March 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    To add to the points already emphasized above with no intention to take away the bliss in this story, this dude went to George Washington University, he was schooled in America. There are lots of Nigerian university trained graduates that I sincerely believe can do even better stuff if given the opportunity. I doubt if this story serves to encourage those guys. Like someone already highlighted, he was born with a silver spoon and was already destined for greatness. Nothing spectacular in this story, in my opinion. Same old people grooming their young to take over from them.

  13. WazobiaMan

    April 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Wait sef, this is sure an inspirational piece. Yea, Gowon was President at a younger age that Mark’s and many more. But the question is – who are Mark’s parents?????? I dont know but i am very sure they had been in the corridors of power for decades and have a say in Anambra’s politics. Now, if na true……………………, another Mark will come from another family in another state and in 20yrs all the pikins of the powerful pliticians and industrialists with yummy degrees oveseas from schools u and i can never attend (no be curse except u get the money or on scholarship) will take over governance in Nigeria. So, what are we now celebrating abeg ooooo?????? Anyway, he is still better than the pikins of some wey just dey travel all over spending mummy and daddy’s monies (our monies) without a career.

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