|Birth||1960, Ife, Osun State, Nigeria|
Nkechi Caroline Ikpeazu (née Nwakanma) is the wife of the current Governor of Abia State located in the southeast of Nigeria.
Early life and education
Nkechi Ikpeazu was born on September 1, 1965 in Ile-Ife. She hails from Ohanze Isiaha in Obingwa LGA of Abia State. She attended Community Primary School Ohanze; Girls High School, Aba; Teacher Training College Ihie; Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri; Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu; University of Nigeria Nsukka; and the National Open University of Nigeria. She possess an NCE in Business Studies, a bachelor’s degree in Cooperatives and Rural Development, a post graduate Diploma in Management and a master’s degree in Management. She has completed a doctorate at the Abia State University, Uturu.
Nkechi has worked as a teacher, an accounts executive with Camway Ventures Lagos, a ten-year stint as a banker with Lobi Bank between 1986 and 1996, and as a Registrar of Cooperatives with Abia State Government.
Nkechi is a sports promoter and the major backer of the women football premier league club side, Abia Angels FC.
Through her NGO, the Vicar Hope Foundation, VHF, she has built several homes for indigent persons. The Vicar Hope Foundation VHF is also involved in providing better healthcare for mother and child, battling cancer, diabetes, and sickle cell diseases. VHF is currently building a sickle cell hospital/cancer diagnosis and treatment centre in Umuahia and hopes to offer subsidized treatment to patients.
Nkechi is married to the current Governor of Abia State Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who hails from Umuobiakwa, Obingwa LGA. Together they have two boys and two girls. Ikpeazu is a Deaconess of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and professes a close relationship with God.