Hon KINGSLEY KEMEBRADIGHA KUKU, born on 14 February 1970, hails from Arogbo, a town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State and the traditional headquarters of the ljaw people in the state.
He obtained a Bachelor of Education (English Language) from the then Ondo State University in 1995. As early as his university days, he was already showing good promise of leadership. He was a student leader, specifically the National Mobilization Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
On graduation, Kuku performed the one-year mandatory National Youth Service from 1995 to 1996. Thereafter, he 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. From 1999 to 2001, Kuku served 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.
In 2003, Kuku took the bold step of contesting for election into the Ondo State House of Assembly – and he won. He served in the State legislature, also as chairman of the House Committee on Information, till 2007.
On 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. In the same year, he was also appointed Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta, a position he held till 2009, when he was appointed a Member of the Presidential Committee on Amnesty.
In January 2011, he 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.
Hon Kuku holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Cambridge, and is also a Member of the International Dispute Resolution Institute. He has also served as a member of the board of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
At a ceremony marking his 40th birthday on 14 February 2010, a former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Hon. D. I. Kekemeke, described Kuku as “a focused person who is able to bring people of different divides together”.
Chief Eddy Olafeso, a former Commissioner for Information and Mobilization in Ondo State, described him as “a man who knows his onions from the beginning...one man who has fought many battles while still very young".
Hon. Kennedy lkantu Peretei, Chairman of the lnterim Management Committee of the Ese-Odo Local Government Council, described him as “a bridge-builder, a good family man, a good husband, a good son of the soil”. He said Kuku was, above all, a peace maker.
Kuku is married and has children. His hobbies include reading, writing, swimming and engaging in debates.