Senator (Chief )Mrs. Uche Lilian Ekwunife nee Ogudebe foldly referred to as Iyom- her title name was born eleven months after the Nigerian civil war which ended officially on Jan. 12, 1970. She hails from Nri in Anaocha Local government Area of Anambra
Uche Ekwunife had her primary and secondary school Education at Onitsha. She thereafter obtained a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Business Education/Accounting from the University of Calabar. She went ahead to obtain a masters degree in Business Administration from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. She also has a Honorary Doctorate degree in Public Administration.
Uche Ekwunife is married to Chief Larry Ekwunife, a successful business man from Nri community in Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State and is blessed with children.
(Chief) Mrs. Uche Ekwunife is a recipient of several Awards and Chieftaincy titles from communities around Anambra state. She has been conferred with the tiles of Iyom Ugochinyelez-na-nwata, (Nri), AdaUgo-Igbo (Igbo-Ukwu), Anyanwu-Aguluezigbo, Ife-Abagana ‘Nnedoramma of Aguata’ Ezinne na Nimo and Ugomba-Agulu.
Before going into politics, Hon. Uche Ekwunife had distinguished herself in the banking industry. As a banker she showed her prowess in money management and brought her administrative acumen to bear on the banks she worked in, including Royal Merchant Bank, Equitorial Trust Bank and the then Standard Trust Bank where she rose to the position of an Area Manager.
Senator Uche Ekwunife the resilient and ambitious Banker turned Politician is a two term member of the House of Representatives. In her second term in office she was the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, House of Representatives, where she represented Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Anambra State.
In 2010, she contested in the Anambra State Gubernatorial elections under the platform of the Peoples Progressive alliance(PPA)but lost. She again sought for the seat in 2014 under All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and unfortunately lost. In 2015 however, under the Peoples Democratic Party she contested for and won a seat in the senatorial election to represent Anambra Central Senatorial Zone.
Hon. Uche Ekwunife’s acts of philanthropy remains unparalleled as her charity cuts across youths, widows and the underprivileged.