1981, degree in Zoology, University of Port Harcourt; Master's in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology; Doctorate in Zoology. Former: Preventive Officer, Nigerian Customs Service; Science Inspector of Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education; Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Rivers State College of Education. 1993, Assistant Director of Ecology, Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) in charge of Environmental Protection. 1999-2005, Deputy Governor and 2005-07, Governor of Bayelsa State. 2007, Vice-President of Nigeria. 2010, Acting President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; since 2011, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Recipient of numerous awards and honours.