Willie Obiano Bio: Early Life, Political Career, Wife and Net Worth

Willie Obiano (born 8 August 1955), is a Nigerian politician, banker, and technocrat. From 17 March 2014 until 17 March 2022, he served as the fourth Governor of Anambra State.

Let’s take a look at Anambra’s State Governor Willie Obiano bio, early life, education, Career, wife, and net worth.

Willie Obiano Profile Summary

  • Name: Willie Obiano
  • Date of Birth: August 8, 1957
  • Place of Birth: Aguleri
  • State: Anambra
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Career: Governor
  • Relationship: Married to Ebelechukwu Obiano
  • Net Worth: $300 million
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Willie Obiano Bio. Photo Credit: @willie4gov: Instagram

Willie Obiano Early Life

Willie Obiano was born on August 8, 1957, in Aguleri in Nigeria’s Anambra East Local Government Area. Willie Obiano began his schooling at the Holy Trinity Primary School in Onitsha, where he completed his primary education.

He completed his secondary school at Christ the King College in Onitsha, where he earned his West African School Certificate. Following this, he attended the University of Lagos, where he earned a B.Sc. Second Class Upper in Accounting in 1979 and an MBA in Marketing in 1993.

Willie Obiano was a standout student in school. He received the John F. Kennedy Award for Essay in 1974 at C.K.C. Onitsha. During his National Youth performance, he received a National Merit Certificate and the Best Youth Corper Award for his exceptional performance in Benue State.

Willie Obiano Career

In 1981, Obiano worked as a Supervisor at First Bank of Nigeria Plc. He also worked for Texaco as a refinery and bunkering auditor, quickly rising to the post of Texaco’s Chief International Auditor before joining Fidelity Bank Plc in 1991.

He was a Deputy Manager and Head of Audit at Fidelity Bank. He was promoted to the rank of manager shortly after joining the bank. He was appointed Executive Director in 2003, having previously served as General Manager.

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Professional Accolades

Willie Obiano has received various professional accolades such as:

  • The Distinguished Banker of the Year 2012 Award.
  • Willie Obiano is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
  • Patron of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Lagos (Mainland)
  • President of the AMP8 (Advance Management Programme) of Lagos Business School for ten years 2006 Building New Ventures (Member)
  • Harvard University, USA Class (Member)
  • Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (Member)
  • Stanford University (Member).

Willie Obiano was elected governor of Anambra State in November 2013, after successfully running on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

In November 2017, he was re-elected on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).


He is also a church pillar, having given significant donations and contributions to many development projects in the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and some Pentecostal churches around Nigeria.

As a result, he has received numerous church honours, including one from the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha (2008), another from the Catholic Association for Communication in Nigeria (2011), and still another from St Gerald Catholic Church Gbagada in 2010 as the Grand Pillar of the Parish.

Obiano was also named patron of St. Gerald’s Catholic Church, Gbagada Parish (2008), as well as the Catholic Artists and Entertainers Association of Nigeria. He received the Maribet Consult and the Catholic Women Association of Nigeria’s Role Model of the Year Award in 2009, and the Awka Development Union’s Career Excellence Award in 2008.

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Personal Life

Chief Willie Obiano is married to Her Excellency Ebelechukwu Obiano, and the couple has two children.

Chief Willie Obiano’s altruistic nature and readiness to assist those in need are one of his most admirable attributes. He is reported to have discreetly run a Foundation that provided scholarships to numerous Anambra North Senatorial District residents.

Net Worth

Willie is estimated at $300 million. He got his wealth as an oil businessman, governor and his service in the business industry.

Social Media

Twitter: @WillieMObiano