Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokoro
Deputy Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey
Hon. Nwaokoro moved to the United States of America and settled in New
Jersey in the early nineties. With the age of information technology quickly
changing how we think, breathe and live, he decided to pursue a degree in
Information Systems Management (ISM) at the City University of New York, York
College campus. In the early months of his enrollment at York College
campus, Hon. Nwaokoro became certified as a Microsoft Certified Engineer
and worked for several years with AT&T as a Project Implementation Manager.
As Hon. Nwaokoro began to grow at AT&T, he enrolled into Rutgers, the State
University of New Jersey to study Political Science and he received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Political Science. With a degree in political Science, Hon.
Nwaokoro started doing political consulting work for candidates running for
electoral offices both in Nigeria and here in the United States of America.
Hon. Nwaokoro trained and became licensed as a Real Estate Broker Associate
and Real Estate Appraiser in the State of New Jersey. He practiced real estate
until the real estate business came crashing down.
Again, Hon. Nwaokoro had to rebrand himself and so, he trained and became
licensed by RABQSA as ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management Systems (QMS)
Auditor and ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
Auditor. Mr. Nwaokoro trained at the US National Propane Gas Association and
got certified as a propane gas operations and delivery operator.
Hon. Nwaokoro is the founding chairman of the United African Forum; the
sociopolitical home of all Diaspora Africans in the United States of America. On
July 1, 2014, Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokoro became the pioneer Deputy Mayor of
the City of Newark, in-charge of the Mayor’s Office of International Relations
and Diaspora Affairs (MOIRDA), an office he still occupies till date. By becoming
the Deputy Mayor of the great City of Newark, Hon. Nwaokoro unknowingly
made history by being the first African born in the entire United States of
America to occupy such an important position in a city. Hon. Nwaokoro is
currently serving a second term with Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
Mr. Nwaokoro is happily married to Mrs. Ijeoma Nwaokoro and they are blessed
with six children; four boys and two girls.