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Ned Nwoko Biography: Facts, career, wives, net worth, recognitions, philanthropy

Ned Nwoko. Photo: This Day Live

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko, simply called Ned Nwoko for short, is a Nigerian lawyer and businessman. Prince Ned Nwoko also actively participates in politics and has served in the Federal House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003.

He led a relatively quiet life behind the scenes although not totally unknown before. He had remained largely out of the general public eyes until 2019 when he got married to Regina Daniels, a young Nigerian actress, assumed by many to be in her late teens. Following his marriage to the Nollywood child-star actress, Prince Ned Nwoko became very popular. However, his marriage to  the young Regina Daniels as one of his many wives is not all there is to know about the wealthy lawyer, businessman and politician.

Read Ned Nwoko’s entire biography here and learn more about his early life, family, net worth and beautiful mansion, achievements and more.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Ned Nwoko

1. Prince Ned Munir Nwoko is an actual prince born into a royal family in Delta.
2. Ned Nwoko is one of the few Muslims in Delta state that is not from the north.
3. Ned Nwoko is allegedly 30 years older than his sixth (0r fifth) wife, Regina Daniels.
4. Hon. Ned Nwoko once served in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003.
5. Ned Nwoko once ran for the position of the Delta State governor in 2003 and lost to James Ibori.
6. He also ran for Delta State senatorial seat in April 2011 and lost to Ifeanyi Okowa.
7. Ned Nwoko was recognised (not officially) as the best black lawyer in the UK in 1995.
8. His mansion is 1,000 meters above sea level and therefore one of the highest structures in Delta state.
9. In May 2019, both the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court sacked Ned Nwoko as the PDP senator-elect.
10. Prince Ned Nwoko sadly lost his son, Tarik Nwoko, in 2014.

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Prince Ned Nwoko: Early life and education

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko was born on 21st December 1960 into the Royal Palace at Aniocha North LGA Idumuje-Ugboko, Delta state. Being from a royal lineage, Ned was able to attain a good education, which subsequently assisted him to excel in his professional career.

Nwoko had his primary and secondary school education in Nigeria before leaving to further his education outside the shores of the country.

He attended the University of Keele in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. This was where Ned Nwoko got his first degree in Law and History. After that, he also went to King’s College London where he attained a Masters Degree in Law.

Ned got an honorary doctorate from the Commonwealth University College Belize, UK.

Nwoko is a Muslim and his middle name ‘Munir’ has Islamic origins. Although this is seen as rare because the Muslim majority are more concentrated in the northern and western parts of Nigeria. However, there is also a relatively strong community of followers of Islam in Delta state.

Prince Ned Nwoko: Wives and family life

Like we have disclosed, although Prince Ned was not an unknown person, he was at rarely the centre of media attraction. But it all changed following the then-rumours (that proved to true) that he was the person behind the expensive cars and other luxurious that his Nollywood child-star wife, Regina Daniels, was flaunting on the internet.

The rumours grew more intense with her posting more pictures of her sophisticated shopping trips outside the country. If there was ever a group that believed Regina Daniels was spending all that money from her purse, they ceased to exist after the announcement of her secret wedding to Nwoko.

Tongues wagged over the age difference between Prince Ned Nwoko and his sixth (or fifth) wife, Regina. There is a statement credited to the billionaire where he said Regina Daniels was his fifth wife and not the sixth. So, we take that the former legislator is the authority on this one and will be using that number going forward.

Prince Ned Nwoko and wife, Regina Daniels.

At the time, Ned Nwoko was 59 years old and his new wife was speculated to be anything between the ages of 18 and 20. Although, the former legislator allegedly said that his wife was 22 years old and not as young as the media were projecting. We reported that Regina’s real age is more likely to be 21.

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The couple attended parties and other social functions together. Many times, they posted pictures of themselves in loving positions generally giving the message that all is fine and their union is a consensual one based on love.

How many children has Prince Ned Nwoko?

It is not certain how many children Prince Ned Nwoko has. There are numerous pictures of Ned Nwoko, Regina Daniels and two light-skinned girls. Many media outlets claim that they are the children of Hon. Ned Nwoko from one of his other four wives.

Laila Charani, alleged first wife of Ned Nwoko. Photo: Gist Mania
Laila Charani, the alleged first wife of Ned Nwoko

Ned Nwoko also sometimes shares photos of his children on Instagram but he has never confirmed the total number of children he has. Take for instance the children photo below showing him with four young children and presumably with one of his other wives.

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With my wonderful kids

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However, the four children above are not Price Ned Nwoko’s only children. Here is another photo he shared on Instagram showing even more children. Regina Daniels is also pictured in the photograph.

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One family ?? @regina.daniels @julia__gemmiti

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Here is another picture of a son, who isn’t in any of the above posts from Prince Ned Nwoko.

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My boy

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And another son, still…

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Little sultan Ned Nwoko.

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It’s conceivable that not all these children are Ned Nwoko’s just as it is equally conceivable that they are. We can’t really say with any certainty and unless the Delta-born prince and politician chose to clarify things, anything said would only be speculations and at best, an intelligent guess.

However, one of Ned Nwoko’s well-known children was named Tarik Nwoko. He was the only child of the billionaire lawyer and politician known by name.

Tarik was born, allegedly, by Ned Nwoko’s Moroccan wife. Sadly, Tarik Nwoko died in 2014 after some unexplained condition. Tarik Nwoko was 22 years old when he died in his sleep. he was a law student in England at the time.

It is not really clear who among Ned Nwoko’s wives was the first one he married. However, speculations point out that it is likely the Moroccan wife mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Her name is Laila Charani and she may be Ned Nwoko’s first wife.

Now, rumours are flying again that Regina Daniels is about five months pregnant for the billionaire. If this turns out to be true, then congratulations are in order for the couple.

Prince Ned Nwoko: Career as a lawyer

Prince Ned Nwoko biography: Picture of Prince Ned Nwoko

Prince Ned Nwoko was called to bar at Lincoln’s Inn and joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a prosecutor. The Crown Prosecution Service is the principal public agency for conducting criminal prosecution in England and Wales. It is usually headed by anyone who is the Director of Public Prosecution.

After serving with this organisation, he joined two other firms, Kumars Solicitors and Pascaldiers & Co. Solicitors. While there, he qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Prince Nwoko was also, at one time, the secretary-general of Nigerian Legal Practitioners in the UK.

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Thereafter, he set up a law firm, Ned Nwoko & Co. Solicitors in, London, United Kingdom. He is a senior consultant with his London-based firm. The firm is focused on managing and verifying foreign debts of third world countries, including their states.

He also has a law firm named Linas International Limited that is involved in verifying and reconciling foreign loans for states. This is specifically the Paris and London clubs’ loans.

According to reports, there have been many high profile cases, since 2003, of the victories the law firm has won for the concerned states. It succeeded in getting these states a refund payment of all the excessive deductions. With the fame of Nwoko’s law firm spreading like wildfire, it was contacted by local governments after Nigeria successfully exited foreign debts in 2009.

The local governments charged Linas International Limited with helping them secure their funds which had been used to pay off the country’s lenders. Ned and his team also went to work and again came out victorious. The local government got their refunds in full after other high profile court judgments.

Prince Ned Nwoko: Career as a politcian

Ned Nwoko entered the Nigerian political scene when he served as an elected legislator in the National House of Representatives from 1999-2003. He contested to be deputy speaker in the House but he lost to Chibudum Nwuche.

However, he served as the leader of the Millennium Group, a group of legislators in the House of Representatives allegedly committed to good relations between the legislative and the executive branches of government.

After his term ended, he contested for the governorship of his home state, Delta state. He also lost this election to James Ibori. Then Nwoko also ran for Delta North Senatorial seat in April 2011 and lost to Ifeanyi Okowa.

The senatorial dispute between Ned Nwoko and Peter Nwaoboshi

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi had been locked in a legal battle for many months in 2019. Both political giants had been at loggerheads over who was the legal candidate to represent the Delta South Senatorial, which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won during the 2019 general elections.

At the high court, Ned Nwoko was temporarily declared the winner and the elected senator to represent the region. However, Nwaoboshi took the matter to the Appeal Court, and the ruling was overturned in favour of Peter Nwaoboshi.

At a last resort to claim the position, PrinceNed Nwoko went to the highest court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court ruled against him and declared Peter Nwaoboshi as the rightful candidate of the PDP for the Delta State South Senatorial. The PDP had held its primary election for the senatorial seat on 2nd October 2018 in Delta State.

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Prince Ned Nwoko: National recognitions

However, Prince Ned Munir Nwoko’s effort in the Nigerian scene has not gone unnoticed. The people in authority seemingly handpicked him to serve in various important capacities in building the country.

He served on the Vision 2010 Committee and is a member of the capital market. The Vision 2010 was a projected economic plan for Nigeria to get out of economic hardship, it had about 248 members on the committee.

Nwoko was the Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010, a part of the aforementioned committee. Also, he is the Chairman of Project Tourism Nigeria, an initiative that his firm, Linas International Limited conceptualised. The group works with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to project the tourism assets of Nigeria. It runs some profitable projects highlighting Nigeria’s rich cultural potentials.

Ned Nwoko at the Federal University of Petroleum, Delta State at the conferment of the Honorary doctorate degree on him by the University
Ned Nwoko at the Federal University of Petroleum, Delta State at the conferment of the Honorary doctorate degree on him by the University

In 2019, the Federal University of Petroleum, Delta State, awarded Hon Prince Ned Nwoko an honorary doctorate on 26th April. The vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Akii Ibhobode, signed the nomination letter and mentioned that Nwoko had shown great philanthropy, service and integrity.

Also, in his home state, Nwoko is widely revered. In an article by Asabametro, Ned Nwoko was portrayed as benevolent. He is said to have assisted all sorts of persons and remains approachable. It also mentioned that Hon Prince Ned Nwoko was pronounced the “Great Prince of Anioma” nation by four kingdoms in Delta state, namely Ezi, Ugbodu, Ubulu-Okiti and Ute-Ogbeje. Many even offered him large pieces of land for him to build a university for his legacy.

 

What is Prince Ned Nwoko’s net worth?

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko allegedly has a net worth less than $1 billion in 2019. Although some blogs estimate him to be worth more, he is not listed among the top 20 richest men in Nigeria in 2019. With Theophilus Danjuma being the fifth with less than $2 billion, if Ned was worth up to $1.2 billion, he would be included in the list.

Note that Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Abdulsamad Rabiu and Folorunsho Alakija are the richest Nigerians according to a 2019 ranking of richest black people released by Forbes, released in March this year.

However, despite not having his name on the richest Nigerians list, Prince Ned Nwoko has shown some impressive displays of wealth. He lives in a large house in Delta state that many refer to as “Castle in the Air”, a fairytale reference to its beauty and the fact that it is on a hill about a thousand feet above sea level. The mansion sits on large acres of land with trees and grasses surrounding the premises. It is designed like an Arabian palace with the modernisation of the Western world.

A view of Prince Ned Nwoko mansion inac Delta Stattea

Hon Prince Ned Nwoko’s castle is home to a zoo and resort as well. Animals like crocodiles, monkeys, rabbits, eagles, ostriches, horses, amongst others are present in the zoo.

There is also a pond with different species of fishes calling it home. This is not all, the premise also boasts large poultry allegedly housing over 5,000 birds.

Ned also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, built to an Olympic standard on his land. There is a table tennis court as well. The house is truly something to behold.

The former lawmaker also owns a private jet and several luxury cars. And it’s conceivably he owns homes elsewhere in Nigeria and abroad as well.

We are not privy to his business investments and also his law firms are not publicly traded. So, it’s impossible for us to put a value on the business and on his assets. We also do not know if he is beholden to any loans.

In a nutshell, we don’t know Prince Ned Nwoko’s net worth but it’s conceivably it runs into the millions of United States dollars, given what is known about the lawyer and Delta State prince.

Ned Nwoko: Philanthropic activities

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko runs a non-governmental organization called the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation. This foundation focuses on culture & tourism, sport and education. The duly registered organisation operates within the laws and decrees guiding this kind of organisations.

Besides promoting sporting activities and facilitating tourism attractions, it also provides quality education to the needy. The foundation offers scholarships to people without the means to get a proper education.

Also, on the official page, it claims that it runs other programmes that include talent hunts, educational funds, youth empowerment schemes and an annual lecture among other laudable initiatives.

Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation sponsors a soccer competition. Photo: Vanguard News.

To get in touch or contact Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation, call: +234 8035876540 or send an email to [email protected] Interested volunteers can sign up with the foundation via a volunteer link on the official page.

Final Thoughts

Prince Ned Nwoko’s story is one of not losing focus in life. Despite having everything people laboured for handed to him, he still went ahead to forge a path for himself in the world. Thus, he was able to lay down marks for people coming behind him. His philanthropic is also a lesson in giving back when one can. Some may say he is rich and so can afford it but he is not the only rich Nigerian, but he is among the few rich Nigerians that are known to give back to that society and for that we commend him.

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