4 Jan 2016

Biography of Kingsley Ogundu Chinda

Kingsley Ogundu Chinda
Kingsley Ogundu Chinda
Kingsley Ogundu Chinda was born on March 24, 1966 to the family of Chief Thompson Worgu Chinda and Caroline Ihuchi Chinda (nee Nwaoshor). He hails from
Chidamati family in Rumuodikirike Compound, Rumuodani Community, Elelenwo Town in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He began  his primary education at St. Marks State School Elelenwo. However, after  primary 1, He left to the city to live with his half-sister Chief (Barr.) Mrs. Eunice Nnenda Ogan. At the city, he started Primary School again at Municipal Council School I, Orogbum along Agudama Street in D/Line, Port Harcourt where he obtained his Primary School leaving certificate in 1978.
 He proceeded to Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt in 1979 where he obtained his WAEC. He pursued his education further at the Rivers State School of Basic Studies between 1984 and 1986 where he obtained his Advanced Level Certificate and gained direct entry into the Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt where he graduated with a Third Class in law.
Whilst in the University, he was active in student unionism and gained national accolade as a senate member of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). He became the fulcrum of the NANS movement within the South-South.
Kingsley Chinda with a few friends reinstated the Ikwerre Students Association in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and he contested student elections at the law faculty and later as the Assistant Secretary-General of the students union but lost both elections. Thereafter, he contested for the position of the Student Union President and won, thereby becoming the first ever elected Ikwerre student union president of the University, which incidentally is located on lkwerre soil.
He fervently stood in defence of the cause of the masses and student populace, he vehemently protested against the decision of the School Authority in the timing of the 2nd semester examination in 1989/90, which timing he felt was vindictive against the students for protesting an anti-students policy of the authority. He boycotted the said examination in protest as large student population was on holidays and missed the said exams. This caused him a 2year setback. He graduated from the University in 1994 and preceded to the Nigerian Law School, Logos where he made a 2nd Class.
He had his National Youth Service at Benin city in Edo State where he worked as a lawyer in the firm of DR. G.I.S OMONUWA & CO. During his Youth Service,  as part of his community development project. He began a weekly radio program titled “YOU AND THE LAW” where he exposed some common but burning legal issues in society, like Police and the Society: Right of Arrest and Trial. Landlord and Tenant matters etc. This programme  brought him to lime light in Benin city.
In 1996, he came back to Port Harcourt to practice law with the firm C.A.W. CHINDA & CO. where he served tutelage for about 2 years and decided to venture into Environmental and Human Rights Litigation with a longstanding school friend, Hon. Uche. Onyeagucha. This union gave rise to the law firm  of ONYEAGUCHA CHINDA & ASSOCIATES.
Whilst in private practice, he handled several probono cases for indigent and, or oppressed persons.
In 2002, he got married to Miss Beauty Azeru Chinda (nee Chuku) and they are blessed with three pretty daughters (Angel, Kaka and Iche).
Kingsley Chinda was Legal Adviser to Social Democratic Party (SDP); Grassroot Democratic Movement (GDM) and People Democratic Party (PDP) at various times.
Between 2005, Chief (Barr.) Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike the then Chairman of Obio/Akpor appointed him as his Legal Adviser where he served until 2007 when the council was dissolved. He quickly went back to private legal practice with the firm of Onyeagucha, Chinda & Associates.
In 2008, His Excellency, RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI appointed him as the Commissioner for Environment. In June, 2009 the cabinet was dissolved and he was re-appointed in August 2009 to the same ministry.
In December, 2010, he resigned his appointment in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the election into the office of House of Representatives and he contested the P.D.P primary election and won.
In the 2011 elections, he contested for a seat in the  House of Representative, to represent Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency and won.

 Again in the 2015 elections, he re-contested for the House of Representative and won under the platform of the Peoples Democratic party(PDP).

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