Rare Gem
of the
Niger Delta

“What matters to me is to leave a legacy for posterity, about lives that I was able to touch positively. I truly believe in lifting those around me; especially Nigerians, Bayelsans and those dear to my heart”   
   – Keniebi  Okoko (2019).


Keniebi lived his life as a beacon of hope to the people of Niger Delta. He strongly believed that people who love their community and country can make a difference and change things. He believed that having leadership that works for all, will reflect wealth, progress and prosperity for Bayelsa, Niger Delta and Nigeria.

Keniebi's Vision

Long before Keniebi Okoko dedicated his life to public service. From his early days, he was driven by a vision for the well being of humanity. This vision was the propelling force behind his businesses and many philanthropy engagements across Nigeria, which served as the platform to impact many lives positively, providing jobs and other life-changing opportunities first for his community and Bayelsans.

Without a doubt, Keniebe still had a lot to offer to the progress and development of Bayelsa State and Nigeria as he was a young man full of great ideas and lofty dreams. I urge us to take solace in the fact that he lived a short but glorious life worthy of emulation.
-Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Keniebi was somebody we all had a lot of hope in; he proved to be open-minded, accommodating, large-hearted and understanding political leader.
-Chief Henry Seriake Dickson

I am saddened by the news of the death of my beloved friend and brother, Keniebi Okoko. The Ijaw Nation and indeed Nigeria has lost a star. My condolences to all the loved ones my friend, Keniebi, left behind. May his soul rest in peace.
-Senator Ben Bruce

Keniebi was my friend, brother and someone who impacts every soul he comes in contact with. What is important is that he lived a good and impactful life and sure he has gone to be with the Lord.
-Dr Dakuku Peterside

Rest in peace and sleep well in the bosom of the Lord my beloved pastor Keniebi Kimson Okoko. We will miss you greatly.
-Michael Osaro Junior

This one came as a big shock to me last night, suddenly gone forever OMG you are just too young for this I can’t even wrap my head around this oh God why?
-Stephanie T.Douglas

A big loss to all of us at salvation ministries Nigeria. We take it as God knows why and celebrate his salvation and his work for God while on Earth
- Pro-Jane Whatson
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Keniebi's Journey


Keniebi Okoko was born in 1978 to the Okoko family in Obunagha community, Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State. He was born to the Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Late Kimse Okoko, a former national President of the Ijaw National Congress.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt (1996-2000) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from  Carleton University, Canada (2003-2005).

He attended executive education programs at reputable academic institutions across the world, including the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage Program (2014). Harvard Business School, High Potential Leadership Program (2014), Harvard Business School, Finance for Senior Executives (2014) and Harvard Business School, Owner President Management and Leadership (2016-2018)

Keniebi Okoko was the CEO of KDI Group, Nigeria’s foremost Energy conglomerates providing solutions spanning engineering, construction, solid mineral mining, real estate and agriculture development services. Keniebi’s leadership style could be perfectly described as democratic. His leadership approach encourages consensus building among regulators, stakeholders and community leaders which allows a harmonious decision making that makes growth and impacts possible.

He devoted a major part of his career to ensuring sustainable changes as a leading business executive, driving organizational results, providing opportunities for talents across Nigeria, and investing in many philanthropic activities across various communities in the Niger Delta region. Keniebi was a community leader, forward thinker, problem solver and trusted advisor. Compelled by his love for Bayelsa and the need to promote the welfare of the people of the state, by attracting investment that will yield economic growth and transform the lives of people.  Keniebi ran for gubernatorial office in his home state of Bayelsa in 2019.

To the question on why he contested to lead Bayelsa State, Keniebi Okoko answer was: “I have always wanted to help people and I have been doing that on a smaller scale, for you to be able to touch lives the way I want to, you’ll need a bigger platform.” Though he did not win the election, because of forces working to truncate the democratic process in Nigeria, the experience cemented his legacy of hope and commitment to serve and make a difference in the lives of people.

He won numerous Industry and philanthropic awards in Nigeria and Africa.

Keniebi Okoko was a community leader, agent of transformation and bridge of hope who touched many lives and communities across Niger Delta and Nigeria. He was an accessible leader, who used his wealth and opportunities to help others.

Grand launch of the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund

Keniebi Okoko attended the Grand launch of the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund. He believed strongly that quality education has the ability to transform lives and should be accessible to all.

Also in attendance were former President Goodluck Jonathan and the newly elected governor of Bayelsa State Douye Diri among other dignitaries. Keniebi Okoko donated free exercise books to the Bayelsa State Primary School Board to aid parents of underprivileged primary school pupils in the state.


Keniebi Okoko visited his home town, Gbarain Kingdom

Keniebi Okoko visited his home town, Gbarain Kingdom in Bayelsa state and was warmly received by his Royal Highness King Funpere Akah and the council of chiefs. A community builder, who strongly believes in sustained peace in his community and Niger Delta towards attracting investment, creating opportunities and wealth for his people.


Food Relief Program

Keniebi Okoko donated food items to women and the less privileged in the Obunagha community in the Guardian clan of Yenagoa LGA. Providing them with relief materials that will sustain them and reduce the burden of hardship. His Royal Highness, Chief Pere Yeiseibo, the Ibilo XII of Obunagha community appreciated his kind gesture and urged other politicians from the community to emulate him.


Relief Materials for Flood Victim

Keniebi Okoko donated relief materials to the flood victims at the Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw Local Government and the Gbaran clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area Bayelsa State, with relief materials when their communities were ravaged by a massive flood.

Free Medical Services

Keniebi okoko provided free medical services to the less privileged in Toru Orua community of Bayelsa state. Medical services provided include surgeries, eyes test, provision of recommended glasses, dental care, pregnancy scans for awaiting mothers, general medical check-up and medications for the aged.