List Of Top 10 Richest Men In Benue State :
- Betty Abah
- Benson Abounu
- Moses Adasu
- Jerry Agada
- Joseph Akaagerger
- George Akume
- Ada Ameh
- Michael Aondoakaa
- William Avenya
- James Ayatse
So, while writing about Benue as a state, it is critical to understand people in power of wealth and money.
1. Betty Abah ($10 million in net worth)
Betty Abah, a Nigerian journalist, author, and advocate for women’s and children’s rights, was born on March 6, 1974. She is the founder and Executive Director of CEE HOPE, a non-profit organization located in Lagos that advocates for girls’ rights and development.
Betty was born in the Nigerian Middle Belt town of Otukpo, Benue State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Lagos.
2. Benson Abounu ($8 million in net worth)
Benson Abounu, the Deputy Governor of Benue State in Nigeria, was born on July 3, 1949, and is now the state’s second wealthiest man. In 2015, he was elected as Governor Samuel L. Ortom’s running mate by the All Progressive Congress. (APC). He is a politician, an engineer, and a management consultant.
From 1971 to 1975, he attended Kaduna Polytechnic before travelling to the United Kingdom to study at Cranfield University in Bedford, England. From 1980 to 1984, he attended the University of Ibadan before travelling to England to undertake postgraduate studies at Ashridge Management College in 1989.
3. Moses Adasu ($7 million in net worth)
Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was elected governor of Benue State, Nigeria, on January 2, 1992. Following General Sani Abacha’s military coup in November 1993, he resigned.
Adasu was born on June 12, 1945, in Mbaamena, near Awajir, in Benue State’s Shangev-Tiev District’s Konshisha Local Government Area.
He received his M.A. from St. John’s University in New York City in 1975, and his Masters in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
4. Jerry Agada ($5 million in net worth)
Professor Jerry Agada is a Nigerian educator, researcher, and author who was born on November 11, 1952. He is the Chairman of the Benue State Civil Service Commission, the first Fellow of the Association of Nigerian Authors in Central Nigeria, the Vice-Chairman of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, and a former Federal Republic of Nigeria Minister of State for Education. Jerry Agada is thought to have a net worth of $5 million, making him one of the wealthiest people in Benue State.
5. Joseph Akaagerger ($4 million in net worth)
Akaagerger, of Tiv descent, was born on May 5, 1956, in Benue State’s Konshisha local government zone. He attended Gboko Government Secondary School from 1969 to 1973.
He joined the army in 1976 and attended both the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna (1976-1977) and the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England (1977-1979).
He also has a Ph.D. in International Economic Law from Zaria’s Ahmadu Bello University, as well as LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Jos. In the traditional sense, he is known as Ambe u Konshisha (the Konshisha Crocodile). He is Michael Aondoakaa’s cousin, the former Attorney-General and Justice Minister.
6. George Akume ($3.5 million in net worth)
George Akume (born December 27, 1953) serves as Nigeria’s Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs. He was a Senator in Nigeria’s Federal Republic and one of Benue State’s wealthiest individuals.
He was the Senate Minority Leader from June 2011 to June 2015. He was the Governor of Benue State from May 29, 1999 until May 29, 2007.
He was the first governor in Benue State history to serve two terms. He was elected governor of Benue State and afterwards to the Senate on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform.
7. Ada Ameh ($3 million in net worth)
Ada Ameh (born May 15, 1974) is a Nigerian actress best known for her appearances in the 1996 film “Domitilla” as Anita as Emu Johnson in the award-winning Nigerian television series “The Johnsons.” Ameh featured in the TV series The Johnsons alongside Charles Inojie, Chinedu Ikedieze, and Olumide Oworu.
8. Michael Aondoakaa ($2 million in net worth)
Michael Kaase Aondoakaa was born in Benue, Nigeria, on June 12, 1962. After graduating from Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, he was accepted to the University of Maiduguri‘s Faculty of Law, where he got his LL.B diploma. He worked as a senior partner at a legal firm for 18 years.
After supporting two of his friends, Ogiri Ajene, former deputy governor of Benue State, and Professor Daniel Saror, in gaining nominations for ministerial jobs, he was asked to visit President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. During the interview, he was offered the office of Attorney General, which he held until February 10, 2010, when he was ousted by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan under dubious circumstances.
9. William Avenya ($1.5 million in net worth)
Bishop William Amove Avenya of Benue State’s Konshisha Local Government Area (born June 21, 1955) is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gboko in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Province of Abuja. Avenya has served as the diocese’s first Bishop since its creation on December 29, 2012. He is also the Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Catholic Bishops (CBCN).
10. James Ayatse ($1 million in net worth)
His Royal Majesty, Begha u Tiv, Orcivirigh Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, Tor Tiv V (born 12 May 1956) is the Tiv Nation’s Paramount Ruler, President of the Tiv Area Traditional Council, and Chairman of the Benue State Council of Chiefs.
He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, and the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma before replacing His Royal Highness, Orchivirigh Late Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV, who governed from 1991 until his death on November 22, 2015.