Betta Chimaobim Edu is a Nigerian female politician currently serving as the National Women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Her name was included in the 28 ministerial nominees by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a list which was presented by Femi Gbajabiamila, President Bola Tinubu‘s chief of staff and the immediate past Speaker of the House of the Representatives, to Senate President Godswill Akpabio.
Who is Betta Edu?
Dr Betta C. Edu is a Medical Doctor, Public Health Specialist, born in Lagos to the family of Mr Emmanuel Eke (father), a businessman who worked with an engineering firm but later became a missionary when he returned to Nigeria. Her mother was a stay-at-home wife.
Edu, a twin, was in London until she was about eight years when she returned to Cross River with her four other siblings and parents.
Describring her life in London, Betta Edu said;
I grew up in an efficient system in London. There was free basic education available and we had milk delivered to our doorstep to help keep us healthy. We had a functional health system we could rely on. The transport system was also reliable. The only difficult thing as a child was the cold weather, which could be very uncomfortable sometimes.
Betta Edu was born on October 27, 1986. She is currently 36 years old and will be 37 years old by October 27, 2023.
Husband and children
Betta Edu has done well in shielding her family from the media spotlight. However, she is married and has two children.
Edu’s husband was her friend from school days.
Upon her family’s return to Nigeria, Edun completed her First school leaving Certificate and Common entrance in 1995 at Charles Walker International Nursery and Primary School.
She attended Federal Government Girls College, Calabar in 2001 for her secondary education and obtained her West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.
In 2009, she proceeded to complete her first degree in medicine and surgery (MBBCh) from the, University of Calabar, Cross River State
Dr Edu has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health for Developing Countries from London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, Master of Science Public Health in Developing Countries from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, and Doctor of Public Health from Texila American University.
She was brought into the political space by the wife of the ex-Cross River governor, Dr Linda Ayade. Linda is a “medical colleague and a very close friend” of Betta Edu.
In 2015, Edu became the youngest person to be appointed Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Cross River State Benedict Ayade on Community and Primary Healthcare.
Edu was a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP before her defection in 2021, following her principal, Ben Ayade’s defection to APC in May 2021
In 2020, she became chairman of the Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce. In August that year, she was appointed National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum.
Edu is a Fellow of the Royal School of Public Health in and the African Institute of Public Health Professionals.
Betta Edu became the youngest national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in March 2022.