First Lady of Rivers State, Dame Judith Amaechi, was Born on the 24th December, 1970, in Enuguukwu, Anambra State. Dame Amaechi started her academic pursuit at the Port Harcourt Primary School and successfully completed her Primary education with a first school leaving certificate. A brilliant young lady attended considerably one of the best secondary schools at that time, the Federal Government Girls College Abuloma, in Port Harcourt and successfully obtained a West African School Certificate (WAEC).
Mrs. Amaechi having successfully made a remarkable progress in her early education, was inspired by this effort to aspire for higher education. She obtained a degree of bachelor of technology in Urban and Regional Planning from the nation’s Premier Science and Technology Institute, The Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST). After her graduation, she was mobilized and participated in the one year mandatory national youth service corp and served at the Shell petroleum development company SPDC. It was during her national assignment in SPDC that she discovered her entrepreneurial skills. Unlike her peers at that time, who sought greener pasture in the white collar job, Mrs. Amaechi began a journey to develop and achieve her passion for entrepreneurship and business.
In 1993, Dame Judith Amaechi nee Nwankwo, married her first love, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, a young English graduate from Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government of Rivers State, who served then as the Special Assistant to the then Executive Governor and deputy governor of Rivers State.
In 1999, the young Rotimi Amaechi contested and won election into the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Ikwerre Constituency and was unanimously elected speaker of the chambers. This development confers a lot of responsibility on Mrs. Amaechi who began to play a leadership role as adviser, friend, mother and wife to her young husband who was enthrusted with so much constitutional expectation of making laws for the good of the Rivers people, she became prayerfully strong, a pillar and complemented her husband’s effort by engaging in humanitarian activities. She set up a non-governmental organisation “wayet” to provide interventionist measures towards assisting both the needy and less privileged in the society.
In 2007, Her husband contested the governorship of Rivers State and his mandate was stolen by man, but by Divine intervention, the supreme court of Nigeria restored her husband’s mandate and declared him elected executive governor of River State. He was sworn-in and inaugurated as the 4th Executive Governor of Rivers State on the 26th October 2007.
As a child of destiny, Dame Amaechi assumed office as the First lady of Rivers State. On the 16th of October, 2008. She launched a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI). ESI’s vision is to reclaim the spirit of excellence, enterprise and good neighbourliness by creating an environment for healthy rivalry among youths, women and children for the attainment of a sustainable livelihood in Rivers State.
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