Dr Ike Neliaku

A widely travelled and hands-on executive, Ike Neliaku holds a BA with honours in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos, a Master's in Political Economy and Ph.D in Development Studies, respectively, from the University of Abuja.

Origin Story

Dr. Ike Neliaku was born in Anambra, Nigeria. He had an early education, finishing from Comprehensive Secondary School in 1984 where he had already started displaying excellent leadership qualities from his teenage years.
He went on to attend the University of Jos, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Art in 1989 and later a Master’s degree in Political Economy and a PhD in Development Studies, both from the University of Abuja.
Dr. Ike is the recipient of numerous awards and was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2010-2015). He is an author and a Public Speaker.


Dr. Ike Neliaku is the recipient of numerous awards. He received the 1990 President’s National Honours Award as an outstanding corps member and received the Professional Integrity Award in 2009.

As a result of his pursuit for excellence across the plane of Leadership, his achievement are an evident trail. He participated in over 50 international delegations for the federal government between 1994 and 2015. He has pushed for sustainable development across sectors like youth empowerment, sustainable development, and public sector administration amongst many others.

Dr. Ike has also held relevant positions over the years in the public service. He served as the Special Assistant to 5 successive Ministers of Information and went on to serve in the Office of Political Adviser to the President of Nigeria from 2003 to 2006. Here, he helped restructure and refocus the office for stronger relevance and efficiency.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Fellow of African Public Relations Association (APRA), Fellow Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Fellow Institute of Management Consultants, and Life Member, Society for International Development


Dr. Ike has initiated a number of community development efforts over the years. These include, pioneer Coordinator, Anambra Rebirth; Director Programmes, Institute of Civil Society, Abuja; Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Asokoro District, Abuja.

Further development efforts were made under the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He served in various role here, from the Chairman, NIPR 2007 National Electoral Committee to the Vice Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Advisory Group and then to Chairman, NIPR FCT Chapter. He is currently the Editor of the monthly newsletter at the NIPR Capital Chapter.

Dr. Ike initiated the Ike Nwokike Prize for the best graduating student in Public Relations in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Jos. He also initiated the Ike Nwokike Endowment for the best student in Film Scripting at the National Film Institute, Jos.

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