Against the mist and shorn of hope encountered in his political sojourn, Prof Charles Soludo is the man with a “Never-say-die” attitude. He needed to try time and again, waiting for 12 years to set a new record as the second Central Bank governor to be elected governor of a state after Clement Isong in 1979.
Now, that is an interesting feat.
Let’s take you through things you should really know about him.
- Born on 28th July 1960 ( 61 years) hails from Isiofia, Aguata local government area of Anambra state.
2.Married to Mrs Nonyelum Frances Soludo and has six (6) children including a 27 year old UK based singer, Ozonna Soludo.
- Lost his mother at a very tender age, that did not stop him from making Distinction grade in West Africa Secondary Certificate WASC in 1980.
- Soludo is a Catholic as well as the past 3 governors of Anambra state (Chris Ngige, Peter Obi, and Willie Obiano)
- Soludo was conferred with Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) – Nigeria’s third-highest national honour.
- The former CBN governor has D.SC (Honoris Causa) from the University of Calabar, the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi and his alma mater, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
- Academic genius Prof Charles Soludo distinguished himself as an academic genius.
Not only did he obtain first-class honours, but he was also the top-of-the-class graduate throughout his studies up to the doctoral level 1989 all from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
- Scholar par excellence
At the age of 38, Soludo was awarded professor of Economics in 1998, from one of Nigeria’s foremost Universities, UNN, Nsukka.
He was visiting scholars to some of the best institutions in the world with cumulative 4 years of doctoral scholarship from the United States, United Kingdom, Ethiopia.
Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.; and between 1992 and 1993,
He was Research fellow for United Nations in Addis Ababa, also a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund, (IMF) Washington, D.C. in 1994; and later the University of Oxford, 1994 and 1997; the Smuts Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, 1996-1997, and a scholar at the University of Warwick, 1997.
- Widely travelled
Prof Soludo aside from being a Nigerian, has lived in the USA, UK, Ethiopia and has been to 46 countries as an itinerant scholar and consultant to several multilateral finance and development institutions, including the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the European Union, among others.
- Experienced Go-getter
Prof Soludo is no greenhorn to public service.
In July 2003, Mr Soludo was appointment as the Chief Economic Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo
He got an additional responsibility as the Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, initiating the process that birthed the National Bureau of Statistics.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Mr Soludo CBN
governor in May, 2004
- Great thinker and alert to policies
As the then CBN governor
Mr Soludo spearheaded the financial sector reforms, that saw to the consolidation of 89 banks to 25 with a stronger capital base. A move that strengthened and institutionalized banking in Nigeria.
Due to his good works while in charge of the CBN, Soludo got an appointment from President Mohammadu Buhari, to be part of the newly formed eight-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) on September 16, 2019.
Soludo championed the establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a continental, private -sector driven, investment bank
12 Futuristic and foresighted
The Aguata-born Economist gave a prognosis about what the banking sector would look like.
“By the end of 2008, there will be fewer banks than there are today. The restructuring of the banking industry has been attracting funds from local and foreign investors, which have increased banks’ ability to lend to customers,” the professor declared.
- Plethora of awards
Professor Soludo is a recipient of a plethora of awards and recognitions from various institutions and organisations. Most notable amongst these is the recognition by the Financial Times of London, as a ‘Great Reformer’.
Also highly noteworthy is his winning of the ‘Global and African Central Bank Governor of the Year, in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by different international media institutions including The Banker Magazine which is published by the Financial Times of London. In 2006, he received a Global Banker’s Award in London. Won “Man of the year” award from several media houses in Nigeria.
- Resilient and dynamic politician
In 2009, he ran for governor under the auspices of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as a concensus candidate but lost to former Governor Peter Obi of APGA, who is now in PDP.
He resigned from PDP on 17 July 2013 to join APGA to get ready for November 2013 elections but his ambition hit the rock when he alongside 5 other aspirants were disqualified from the race by APGA screening committee.
He had supported Willie Obiano’s election in 2017 and the Governor also returned the favour.
- Winning mentally
In 2021, after a long, heated legal battle and party squabble, he was declared the candidate for Anambra Governorship elections for APGA.
In April 2021, he narrowly escaped death when an attempt was made on his life in his hometown, Isuofia, where three of his orderlies lost their lives. That, still did not deter him.
- Records breaker
He eventually won the elections after 12 years of waiting and trying scoring 122,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo who pulled 53, 817, with the popular Andy Uba of APC garnering 43,285 and Ifeanyi Ubah of Young Democratic Party, or YDP with 21,261.
Soludo won 19 local government areas out of 21 in the state. The first to achieve that in Anambra state.
Going from Central Bank governor to state governor, Prof Charles Soludo seems to be the man to bring
“Consoludotion” to Anambrans.
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