First it was him not being “Igbo enough”, now it’s his “wives” that has come under the media spotlight. I know Dr. Ibe to be married to Elizabeth Kachikwu, the mother of Nkem and her siblings who prominently featured as kids on “Fatherhood With Ibe” on Hints Magazine…a column I always looked forward to reading back then.
A new report reveals he is also married to a scholar named Dr. Miriam Kene Kachikwu (nee Omalu) in a secret marriage which took place more recently. Miriam is allegedly a lawyer living and working in the UK and the issue of her being Ibe’s second wife really stirred up trouble with his first wife, Elizabeth who he is still legally married to.
Report from Kemi Filani’s Blog:
Let’s tell you more about Dr. Miriam Kachikwu. Her career has spanned through two decades with experience both in Nigeria and International Companies.
With wide-ranging international experience in the energy industry, she has been involved in several high value strategic matters including joint operating agreements, production sharing contracts, joint venture agreements, renewable energy projects, electricity and gas marketing in the UK, global procurement, multi-billion dollar multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring projects, multi-million pound construction projects, global insurance and reinsurance programmes, regulatory compliance issues for the treasury and financial sectors in the EU and US, the award-winning Shell Foundation Breathing Space Programme in India, establishment of Funds in the MENA region and co-operation initiatives with Foundations in the Middle East.
Dr. Miriam Kene Kachikwu is a first class graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, being the first in nineteen years; she moved on from there to the Nigerian Law School where she graduated with B.L First Class Honours in 1993. As a Chevening scholar, Mirian obtained a Ph.D in International Investment and Natural Resources Law and Policy and has published, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, numerous papers in reputable international journals. Her particular interests are focused on the area of international investment law & policy in the extractive industries with a fascination for the role played by governments, intergovernmental, non-governmental entities & other players in this arena.
She is Co-founder & immediate past Chairperson of the Shell African Network. She is passionate about the development & empowerment of people & is enthusiastic about being a mentor & coach. She received an Award for Innovative Leadership in April 2012 from the Ghanaian Government and GWIIN. With an effervescent personality, she has a natural ability to bring people together, developing good & trusting relationships with people at all levels.
She has acquired specialty in international investment law, UK Construction law, contracts, company law, corporate restructuring, regulatory compliance of finance and treasury matters, contractual allocation of risk, mineral resources law and policy, contractual negotiation, procurement and service agreements, upstream oil and gas, political risk, ethnic minority employee networks, charities.
Her career spans from the legal department of Chevron Nigeria, through Shell U.K. She is the General Counsel/Company Secretary at Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc.