Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu is a Nigerian journalist, political analyst and Media Strategist. She is currently the Strategic Communications Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah. She was previously the host of “The Encounter” radio show on WEFM 106.3 Radio Station, Abuja, Nigeria and co-host of "Democracy Now" both political and business-inclined programmes.
Ikokwu started off as a political reporter at THISDAY Newspaper, Nigeria’s leading national daily. Her career took her from Nigeria to Sudan, DR Congo, Europe and the Americas. She was a Foreign Correspondent in Washington, D.C. between 2007 and 2009. While in the U.S., she covered the historic 2008 primaries and presidential election that produced the first African-American President, Barack Obama and witnessed the 2008 global financial meltdown.
She reported Africa-related news from the leading political and economic institutions including: the White House, U.S. Congress, World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), State Department and the United Nations (UN). She has been Foreign Editor, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page Editor, member of the Editorial Board and Online Editor.
Ikokwu has spoken at forums at the House of Commons, UK Parliament, John Hopkins University, George Washington University, the National Press Club and the Foreign Press Center (FPC) Washington, D.C.
She put together and edited Nigeria: Half a Century of Progress & Challenges (published 2011), a phenomenal book with chapter contributions from Bishop Mattew Hassan Kukah, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, Prof. Anya O. Anya among others.
She loves reading, traveling, hiking, yoga and aerobics.
Constance Ikokwu brings depth to the conversations of the day by engaging high profile personalities - politicians, captains of industry and newsmakers in her talk show. By asking tough questions, she is able get to the story behind the news. Late revolutionary Thomas Sankara said that “the enemies of a people are those who keep them in ignorance.” Her show therefore, aims to inform and empower people with information Interviews
In the year 2015, the unthinkable happened in Nigeria. The All Progressives Congress (APC), swept away the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with its message of change, in a largely peaceful election. Party members were electrified. Reactions poured in from all over the world. This was an event of momentous significance, especially in opposition politics.
Almost one year down the line, our country is at cross roads on many issues. The APC is buffeted left, right and center. How exactly is the party managing the country? Has the party let Nigerians down? What are the achievements of the party? The National Chairman of the APC Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was in the studio live on “The Encounter with Constance Ikokwu” to dissect the issues.
Nigeria is a tough country and it can be difficult to find leaders that say it as it is, no matter whose ox is gored. But Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, does not hesitate to jump into the ring.
Like him or hate him, His Eminence commands respect and attention. He is known for his razor sharp analysis. As the country heads into a recession among other unmitigated disaster, His Eminence gave us a piece of his mind while speaking on The Encounter with Constance Ikokwu .
We’ve always known that social media is powerful. But in 2014, we witnessed that power in action like never before in Nigeria. #Bring Back our Girls unleashed a firestorm, that spread like wildfire across the world, demanding the return of over 200 girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram.
The Co-founder of the Bring Back our Girls movement Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili sat down with Constance Ikokwu on The Encounter to discuss the state of the nation. You may not agree with her views, but you cannot deny the fact that she is passionate about Nigeria. .
Twenty one years after the hanging of Ken Saro-wiwa by the regime of late General Sani Abacha, the government has flagged off the clean-up of Ogoni. The Minister of Environment Mrs. Amina Mohammed bares it all on The Encounter with Constance Ikokwu.