Biography Of Kingsley Moghalu: Life History, Wife, Education, State Of Origin And Hometown Of YPP Presidential Candidate
The 2019 general election is fast approaching and the polity is getting heated up by the minute. The leading contenders in the presidential race are obviously Atiku Abubakar and the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, both of whom make up the second force and first force respectively. However, not much is known about other contenders, who, altogether, make up the so called “third force”. The leading candidate among the third force is no other person than Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
In this article, we are going to be taking you through the life history and biography of Kingsley Moghalu, including every key piece of information you need to know about him.
Kingsley Moghalu Biography
The presidential aspirant, whose full name is Professor Kingsley Chiedu Ayodele Bosah Moghalu, was born 55 years ago, on May 7, 1963, in Lagos. He was born into the family of late Isaac Moghalu (his father) and Vidah Moghalu (his mother). His late father was a diplomat, while his mother was a teacher and dietitian.
Although Moghalu was born in Lagos, he lived his early life in Europe and North America. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Switzerland, where his father was posted at that time. About one year later, his dad was posted to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C, and Kingsley consequently moved to the States with his family.
At the age of 4, in 1967, Kingsley moved back to Nigeria alongside his family. Upon his return, he enrolled for his primary education at a local primary school in the eastern region of Nigeria. He acquired most of his education in Nigeria, before going for his post graduate programmes outside the country.
The highlights of Kingsley Moghalu life centre around his exploits at the United Nations. In 1992, he was appointed by the UN Transnational Authority, as a Human Rights and Election Officer. In this capacity, his first station was Cambodia. A couple years down the line, Moghalu rose through the ranks to become one of the leading figures in the United Nations.
Some of the key roles he took up at the United Nations, include:
- Political Affairs Officer (1993) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
- Political Advisor to UN Secretary-General (1996), in Croatia.
- Legal Adviser to UNICTR – United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) – in Tanzania, East Africa.
- Spokesman of UNICTR
- Team Leader, Global Partnership & Resource Mobilization at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva (2002)
- Director, Global Fund (2006)
- Team Leader, UN Internal Justice Review/Redesign team.
After serving the United Nations for about 16 years, Moghalu resigned his position in 2008, and went on to set up his own company; Sogato Strategies S.A. The company is a risk management and strategy consultancy firm, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Moghalu, aside being a highly successful lawyer, is also a seasoned political economist and author. Some of his authored works include: “Global Justice: The Politics of War Crime Trials (2006), “Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s “Last Frontier” Can Prosper and Matter (2005)” and more.
In 2009, barely a year after Moghalu left the UN, he was offered the position of CBN’s Deputy-Governor/Director by the then president, late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Moghalu took up the offer and deputized for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (the CBN governor at that time) in varying capacities.
During his time at the CBN, Moghalu made several contributions to the growth of the Nigerian economy, notably the banking system reform in Nigeria. He was the team leader of the Banking Reforms group that resuscitated the failing banking sector during this time. Moghalu’s stint at the CBN came to a halt in 2014, after five years of exceptional service at the apex bank.
Earlier this year, Moghalu announced his intention to join the presidential race, and challenge the likes of President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar for the most heralded position in the country.
Kingsley Moghalu Education
In terms of educational qualifications, Kingsley Moghalu is arguably the most qualified candidate in the forthcoming presidential race. He has managed to rise to the peak of the educational ladder, as a professor.
As stated earlier, Moghalu acquired his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Nigeria. After his primary education, he was enrolled at a public secondary school in Aba, Abia state. Moghalu later moved to Enugu, where he attended Federal Government College Enugu, and subsequently obtained his SSCE.
After Moghalu’s graduation from FGC Enugu, he secured admission into the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to study Law. He graduated and duly obtained his LL.B in 1986, and subsequently proceeded to the Nigerian Law School. In 1987, he was duly called to Bar.
After his service (NYSC) year, he moved to the United Kingdoms, and enrolled at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law for his masters programme. He obtained his masters degree in 1992, and subsequently proceeded to London School of Economics and Political Science (a subset of the University of London). Here, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations.
The aspiring president is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania.
Below is a summary of Kingsley Moghalu education:
- Eziama High School, Aba, Abia State (late 1970s)
- Government College, Umuahia, Abia State (late 1970s)
- Federal Government College Enugu (late 1970s and early 1980s)
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Bachelor’s degree in Law – 1986)
- Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Masters degree in Law – 1992)
- London School of Economics & Political Science (PhD in International Relations)
- Institute of Risk Management, London (Certificate of Risk Management)
- IMF Institute, Harvard Business School (Advanced Macroeconomics program)
Kingsley Moghalu Net Worth
The net worth of the aspiring president is undeclared to the public; hence, his exact value remains unknown. However, with respect to his illustrious career, international recognition and myriads of investments, he is obviously a wealthy individual.
Kingsley Moghalu’s net worth has been roughly estimated around $5 million.
Kingsley Moghalu Is From Which State?
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is an Igbo man, from the South-Eastern region of Nigeria. Although, he schooled in Abia State and Enugu State, his parents originated from Anambra State, which is only a few kilometers drive from Enugu State.
Kingsley Moghalu Hometown
Kingsley Moghalu’s hometown is Nnewi, a commercial town in Anambra State.
Kingsley Moghalu Wife and Children
The 55-year old presidential candidate is happily married to Onyinye Maryanne Moghalu. The couple got married about 25 years ago, in 1994, and their marriage has, so far, been blessed with four kids.
Darling @MaryanneMoghalu it seems just like a twinkle of an eye ago that you forsook all and followed this young man with a big dream. It’s been 24 years now. Thank you for being my friend, rock, and anchor #IwillAlwaysLoveYou. #HappyWeddingAnniversary pic.twitter.com/uJ0NakaZSl
— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) December 21, 2018
Kingsley Moghalu Party
The aspiring president is running his political ambition under the platform of Young Progressive Party (YPP). The party is a relatively unpopular one prior to the emergence of Kingsley Moghalu’s presidential candidacy.
In May, 2018, Moghalu made known his intention to run for the office of the Nigerian president under the platform of YPP. On 8th September, 2018, he became the official presidential candidate of the party, after winning the presidential primary election at the party’s maiden national convention, which was held in Abuja.
Below is a list of YPP’s National Working Committee (NWC):
- National Chairman: Emmanuel Amakiri
- National Secretary: Honourable Bamaiyi Videyeno H.
- Treasurer: Haruna Usman
- Financial Secretary: Azeez Ahmed
- Auditor: Adebayo Oduwole
- Publicity Secretary: Egbeola Martins Olawale
- Chief Security Officer (CSO): Ekiudoko Frank
The above listed individuals constitute the backbone of YPP. And they are the ones leading the charge of Kingsley Moghalu’s presidential ambition.
Kingsley Moghalu For President
On February 4, 2018, Kingsley Moghalu declared his interest to run for the presidential office in the forthcoming general election. About two weeks after his official declaration, he visited Oba Ogunwusi Enitan, the Ooni of Ife, to solicit his support. This gave him further popularity, and he consequently earned the acceptance and endorsement of some prominent Nigerians.
A couple of the days ago, Nobel Laureate winner, Prof. Wole Soyinka, publicly declared his support for Kingsley Moghalu. And he encouraged Nigerians, especially the youths, to vote for him come February 16, 2019.
Moghalu’s campaign points centre around economic restrusturing. He proposed that the geopolitical regions in the country should be renamed “geo-economic” zones. This restructuring is aimed at affording each region the freedom to gain full control over its resources, with an agreed percentage delegated to the central government, in form of tax and security dues. As a seasoned political economist, Moghalu surely knows the benefits and repercussions of such drastic change in economic policy.
According the presidential aspirant, his primary objective (if elected) would be to boost the Nigerian economy, with a view to support (financially) small, medium and large scale enterprises in the country.
Moghalu’s presidential ambition is gaining steam by the day, and with respect to recent political rankings, he has been ranked just below the two leading candidates, as the third contender in the presidential race.
He is the face of the “third force”, whose primary aim is to rescue Nigeria from the claws of dictatorship and kleptocracy. This is a subtle dig aimed at the two leading contenders, President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who are running under the platforms of APC and PDP respectively.
Professor Kingsley Moghalu is running alongside a beautiful lady called Umma Getso, a 37-year old entrepreneur and political activist.
With the clock ticking away, the 2019 general election is drawing closer. And by this time next week, the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would have been announced. Could it be Kingsley Moghalu? It’s left in the hands of you and I.
Although his chances are slim, he could very well pull off the greatest surprise of the century and come out top at the polls. In Moghalu’s words, “I’m confident of becoming the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
We can but wish him the best and hope for a free, fair and credible election.
God Bless Nigeria!!!