Top 10 Richest Men in Cross River State (2023)

Who is The Richest Man in Cross River State

This post is about the richest people in Cross River State.

Richest men in cross river state

Cross River state used to be one of the top oil producing states in Nigeria until Bakassi was ceded to Cameroon making the state to loose their oil wells to the west African country.

Nevertheless, the state retained their status as Niger Delta state(Oil producing state).

Aside, oil, the capital of Cross River state, Calabar is former capital of Nigeria and one of the most beautiful capital cities in Nigeria.

Cross River state is known for her rich culture heritage, tourism and her resourceful people. In this article, we will be discussing the human resources in Cross River state.

Specifically, we will be talking about the richest men in Cross River State. From our findings, most of the richest people from Cross River state are mostly politicians and former public office holders.

This is not unusual in Nigeria, a country where politics is very lucrative and money yielding.

We considered the net worth and assets of top richest people in Cross River state before coming up with the list of top 10 richest men in the state.

This write up is purely for informational purposes and to motivate the Youths of Cross River state to work diligently towards reaching the peak of their career.

This is part of our series of on richest men in Nigerian states.

List of Richest Men in Cross River State

The list of richest men in Cross River State will be discussed below in this part of the article.

These are some of the billionaires from Cross River state.

Liyel Imoke

Liyel Imoke is the richest man in Cross River state. The former governor of the state is a lawyer and top level politician in Nigeria. He served in government since the days of President Ibrahim Babangida.

Liyel Imoke was the minister of power and steel during the regime of President Obasanjo. He was called to answer for alleged $16 billion spent in his ministry for resuscitation of Power supply in Nigeria.

Though we was later to be cleared by the panel. Lyiel Imoke is the richest man and politician in Cross River State. Prior to politics, Liyel Imoke practiced law in Washington DC and Lagos. He is the founder of Liyel Imoke and Co law firm.

Victor Ndoma-Egba

Victor Ndoma-Egba is also rated among the richest people in Cross River State. He is a three times senator and chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba house was burgled during a youth uprising against police brutality in Nigeria in late 2020 termed End SARS. The former senator is a lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Donald Duke

Donald Duke who is a former governor of Cross River state and former presidential candidate for Social Democratic Party is also ranked among the top richest men in the Cross River state.

He is a lawyer who had degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Pennsylvania.

He is highly regarded and respected in the state and is as well one of the most influential and wealthy people in Cross River State.

Bassey Gershom Henry

Bassey who is a two time senator and currently serving senator is also in the list of the richest men in Cross River State.

The senator representing Cross River south Senatorial District was once described by Ripples Nigeria among the bench warmer senators.

Nevertheless he is very wealthy among his peers in Cross River State.

Sandy Ojang Onor

Sen. Sandy Ojang Onor is among the richest men in Cross River State. He is a writer and philanthropist who has degrees in History from university of Calabar.

Sen. Sandy Onor is representing the good people of Cross River central senatorial district.

Ben Ayade

Benedict Ayade who is the current governor of Cross River state also made it to the list of richest men in Cross River state.

He was a former senator who served between 2011 and 2015. He is a lawyer with many years of experience.

He also holds multiple degrees from universities across Nigeria.

Florence Ita Giwa

Sen. Florence Ita Giwa is the richest woman in Cross River state. She was a former serving senator.

She is popularly referred to as mama Bakassi for her activism towards Bakassi affairs. She worked closely with past Nigerian presidents and is also known for her jolly moods.

Walter Onnoghen

Walter Samuel Onnoghen is the former chief Justice of Nigeria.

He is very wealthy that he was investigated by Nigeria anti graft agency, EFCC.

Walter was later to leave his position as head of Nigeria judiciary.

The saga was termed witch hunt by public. Walter Onnoghen is recognized and regarded as one of the richest men in Cross River State, his state of origin.

Goddy Jedy Agba

Goddy Jedy Agba is no doubt among the wealthiest and richest men in Cross River State.

He is currently the minister of state for power and former Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).

He was a top civil servants who worked in Nigeria’s oil firm, NNPC.

Usani Uguru Usani

Usani Uguru Usani who is the immediate past minister of oil rich Niger Delta is one of the top richest men in Cross River State.

He served as commissioner in different capacities before landing the top job in Nigeria Federal Executive Council. He is one of our Cross River state richest men.

Who is The Richest Man in Cross River State 2023

Lyiel Imoke, is ranked the richest man in Cross River State. The former governor and minister is estimated to worth over $50 million.

He is a lawyer who has firms in Lagos and Washington DC United States of America.

End Note

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The Author

Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.


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  1. Why it’s that only political appointees that are always the richest in every state in Nigeria.?

    1. Shows that our politics is money politics. Imagine one person stealing 80 billion

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