Ambassador Kema Chikwe

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Kema Chikwe Kemafo Nonyerem "Kema" Chikwe is a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Aviation. She currently holds the position of National Women Leader of the Nigerian political party PDP.

Kemafo Nonyerem Chikwe Chikwe started school at the age of five at Aba in what is now Abia State. She majored in French at the Advanced Teachers’ College, Owerri. She then attended Queen's College of the City University of New York where she obtained degrees in French. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in curriculum education. Chikwe became a radio journalist, editor and a publisher. She was chief executive and publisher, Prime Time Limited, publishers of Ash magazine. She has published three books, edited a number of publications and contributed to several books.

She became involved in a number of non-governmental organisations, first entering politics in the second republic. Her sympathies were for the National Party of Nigeria, NPN. She later cast her political lot with the NRC, UNCP and now PDP. She was appointed Minister of Transport, and then of Aviation by President Olusegun Obasanjo, holding office until May 2003. She later went on to run for the Governor of Imo state. In 2009 she became the Nigerian ambassador to Ireland.

She is also the mother of Nigerian rapper Naeto C.


  • ""the women need more support in Nigerian politics as politics is seen as a “Man’s World.”""
  • ""Whether we like it or not, basically, we need the support, of your husband or the men, because this is a man’s world""
  • ""Society itself has not been moving well because you leave out half the population from decision making, or, those who make decision are making decisions for people that they do not appreciate their problem.”""

The women really have to come out and do something""

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