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Mao Arukwe Ohuabunwa - politician, businessman

Mao Arukwe Ohuabunwa (born 24 May 1957) is a politician, businessman and served as a Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly having served in the 4th and 5th National Assembly as Member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia constituency of Abia State under the People's Democratic Party between 1999 and 2007.

Early life and education

Mao Arukwe Ohuabunwa was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 24 May 1957 to parents who were business people at Atani, Arochukwu. He attended Orevo State School where he completed his primary education and Enitona High School, Borokiri where he completed his senior school education. He went on to obtain an HND and B.Tech in Applied Biology and Microbiology respectively from Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He also went on to attend Enugu State University of Science and Technology where he obtained his PGD and M.Sc certificates in Public Administration and Human Resources Management respectively.


In 1998 after leaving his business career for politics, Mao ran for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives under the flagship of the United Nigeria Congress Party which was unsuccessful.

He became the first person to represent both Arochukwu/Ohafia constituency when he contested and won in the 1999 elections under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party and subsequently elected the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives. He went on to contest for a seat to represent Abia North in the Nigeria Senate in 2015 under the People's Democratic Party (PDP) which he won following a March 6, 2016 election re-run. Mao was defeated in the 2019 Nigerian General Elections, losing the seat to Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.

Personal life:

Mao is married to Lady Barr. Nimi Faith Ohuabunwa with whom they have children. He is also the founder of Mao Ohuabunwa Foundation.

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