ATTAH, Arch. Obong Victor Bassey

Born November 20, 1938

Okop Ndua Erong, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, Akwa Ibom State



Victor Bassey
Arch. Obong Victor Attah is a foremost and accomplished Architect and Politician. He was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party and one-time Chairman, Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF). In November 2018, the Akwa Ibom State Government named the Ibom International Airport after Obong Victor Attah (now Victor Attah International Airport. This was in honour of his 80th birthday. He is widely recognised as the "Father of Modern Akwa Ibom State."
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Late Mrs Allison Obong (Died October, 2012)
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom State
Father's Name Late Chief Bassey Udo Adiaha Attah
Mother's Name Madam Agnes Bassey Attah
Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 1
Profession Architect , Politician
Working Experience

Chancellor, Western Delta University, Oghara, appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Institution, November 2018 -;

Previous Appointments:

– Private Practice, 1973-;

– Member, Constitutional Conference, 1994-1995;

– Technical Panel of Investigation on Collapsed Buildings in various Parts of the Country;

– Consultant to the British Overseas Development Agency (ODA) Team For Projects in Malawi, south Africa and Parts of the Caribbean;

– Consultant to the Defunct Nigerian Petroleum Trust Fund;

– Co-founder/Director, Asutan Ekpe Community Bank;

– Executive Governor Akwa Ibom State, May 1999- May 2007;

– Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF);

– Co-Chairman, Committee on Devolution of Power, National Conference, 2014.


– Architects Registration Council, Practice and Ethics Committee, Nigerian Institute of Architects;
– Member, Akwa Ibom State Economic Advisory Committee at Various Times;
– Former Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Kaduna State chapter;
– Former President, Nigerian Institute of Architects;
– Vice President, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON);
– Former Member, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Native Authority School, Asutan Ekpe; Government Practicing School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, 1945-51; Hope Waddell Training Institute; St. Patrick's College, Calabar 1956; Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria,( Now Ahmadu Bello University) 1957-60; Leeds College of Arts, School of Architecture, Yorkshire, London, 1962-64; Liverpool University, Liverpool, England, 1964-65; University of Columbia, USA, 1965-66.


– Co-founded the defunct National Centre Party of Nigeria;

– Peoples Democratic Party.


– Adaha Ida ke Efik Eburutu, Enyioha of Mbaise, 2004.


– Good Governance Award, Africa Today, 2002;

– Niger Delta Merit Award, 2003;

– Northern Youth Solidarity Award, by Northern Youth Consultative Forum, 2004;

– Rated the best performing Governor in the South South, by South South Professionals (SSP), 2004;

– Best Governor in Nigeria in Infrastructural Development and Information and communication Technology, 2006;

– Honoured with a Knighthood from the Catholic Ancient Order of St. John, KSJ.


– Come Let us Build Together.

– Bold Steps: Selected Speeches of Arch. (Obong) Victor Attah, edited by Udeme Nana (2005).

– It’s Well with My Soul by Arch. (Obong) Victor Attah (November 20, 2018).


– Conferred with Doctorate Degree by Federal University of Technology, Yola (April 13, 2002).


– The University of Calabar Master Plan.
– The University of Port Harcourt Emergency Campus Design.
– Head Office Building for the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, Abuja.
– Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

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