Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University is preparing for the Tuesday, August 27, visit of a presidential adviser from the most populous country of the African continent.
Hon. Kingsley Kuku, special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, is scheduled to arrive in Huntsville around 9:30 a.m. from consulate offices in Atlanta, Ga. While in the Rocket City, Kuku is expected to meet with a group of students from Nigeria who recently enrolled at Alabama A&M for the fall semester.
The Nigerian presidential adviser will also talk with members of the University administration and take an extensive tour of the AAMU hillside campus before departing for a similar visit at Alabama State University in Montgomery.
Kuku obtained an undergraduate degree in English from Ondo State University in 1995. As a student leader, he was national mobilization officer of the National
Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). He subsequently became the state administrative secretary of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in Ondo State. From 1997 to 1998, he was a compensation clerk with Western Geophysical Seismic Company.
Moreover, Kuku served from 1999-2001 as special adviser, media and publicity, to the Ese Edo Local Government Council. He was also a senior and active member of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), an ethnic rights group. As pioneer spokesman of the Council, he is said to have demonstrated unusual capacity in the face of many challenges, particularly while working on several peace efforts in the Niger Delta.
By 2003, Kuku won election into the Ondo State House of Assembly. He served in the State legislature, as well as chairman of the House Committee on Information, until 2007. After leaving the House, Kuku was appointed Special Assistant/Head of Conflict Management Unit, at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. In the same year, he was also appointed secretary of a presidential committee on peace and conflict resolution in the Niger Delta, a position he held until 2009, when he was appointed a Member of the Presidential Committee on Amnesty.
In January 2011, Kuku was first appointed special adviser to the President on the Niger Delta. In July, after President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn into office, he was re-appointed to that same strategic post.
Nigeria has a population of more than 160 million people, with eight cities with populations of more than 1 million inhabitants. The country is almost equally divided among Christians and Muslims.