Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume is a Commissioner / Member of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
Senator Araraume was born to the Late Mr. Marcus Araraume and Mrs. Adaezi Grace Araraume (Nee Anyiam) at Isiebu, Umuduru in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.
He began his educational career at the Saint Christopher Primary School, Umuluwe, Ajirija in Isiala Mbano, Imo State.
At the successful completion of his primary school education, he enrolled at the Sapele Technical College, now in Delta State, Nigeria. He later proceeded to the prestigious Dick Tiger Memorial Secondary School, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria where he successfully completed his Secondary School education.
After the completion of his Secondary School education, he proceeded to the Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States of America where he bagged a Bachelor of Science (B.SC) Degree in Business Administration. He later obtained a Masters Science Degree (M.SC) in International Relations from the University of Benin, Nigeria.
After his acquisition of an appreciable education, Senator Araraume went into private business and became a key player in that sector.
He is an employer of labour with interests in Real Estate, Insurance, Retail, Trade and Construction. He is the Chairman of Exclusive Stores Limited, Climax Insurance Brokers Ltd, Harmony Properties Limited and a one-time Director, defunct Inland Bank Plc (now part of FCMB) among others.
Senator Araruame is a member of the following professional bodies:
- Institute of Chartered Insurance, London
- Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture
- Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).
In the realm of politics, Senator Araraume’s storied career includes being the pioneer State Chairman of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP); later ANPP in Imo State (1998 – 1999) State Treasurer, Liberal Convention in old Imo State (1988 – 1989) Member, National Finance Committee of the National Republican Convention (NRC) from 1990 to 1993, and Chairman, NRC Presidential Primaries for Kwara and Delta States.
He was elected to the Senate in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003. While in the Senate, he was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power and Steel and the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and as Chairman, Public Hearing Committee for South-West zone on amendments to the 1999 Constitution. He was also the Chairman of the Southern Senators'; Forum, and a member of the National Assembly Joint Constitution Review Committee (JCRC) and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.
Senator Araraume is currently a member of the All Progressive Congress Party (APC).
In recognition of his accomplishments in business and politics, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume is a recipient of the following merit awards: Fellow, Institute of Sales Management of Nigeria (FNISM), and Fellow Institute of Corporate Administration (FICA) etc. In addition, he has received the Justice of Peace and Best Serving Senator from the South-East Award (2003-2007) by Encomium Magazine.
Through his membership in the Ikoyi Club Lagos, Benin Country Club, IBB Golf Club, Patron Orlu Country Club and as Chairman of the Araraume Destiny Foundation, Senator Araraume has had a remarkable impact on sports and other social activities in the nation.
A man of many parts, Senator Araraume is the Life Patron of the Catholic Men’s Organization, Okigwe Diocese in Imo State and a Knight of Saint John International. He also holds the following traditional titles:
- Ugwumba Okigwe
- Chinyereugo of Amandugba, Orlu
- Ohamadike of Ngor-Okpala
- Ugwumba Mbano
A good family man with children, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume is married to Lolo Gladys Araraume, a lawyer.