Chancellor of Edwin Clark University.
Chief (Dr) E.K. Clark OFR, CON
Edwin Kiagbodo Clark is a Nigerian nationalist, Ijaw leader, politician, and philanthropist from Kiagbodo, Delta State. The Edwin Clark Foundation, an NGO that was established in his honour, founded the Edwin Clark University in his hometown Kiagbodo in 2015.
Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark was born in Kiagbodo, Burutu LGA, Delta State on 25th May 1927. He attended primary and secondary schools at Effurun, Okrika and Afugbene respectively before completing further studies at the Government Teacher Training College, Abraka. Thereafter, Chief Edwin Clark worked briefly as a school teacher before
traveling abroad to earn a Law degree. Chief Edwin Clark’s involvement in the political process began during the pre-independence period when he was elected as Councillor for Bomadi in 1953. He later joined NCNC. While a student at Holborn College, he was active in the West African Student Union.
After the military coup of January 1966, Chief Edwin Clark was among a group of delegates from the Mid-West who opposed any ideas of confederation that were raised at an ad-hoc constitutional conference constituted by Gowon in 1966. The delegation’s mandate was Nigerian unity and when proposals of a loose federation were tabled the regions delegates asked for adjournment. He was later appointed Midwestern commissioner of Education and later Finance. As commissioner for education, he was active in the establishment of a Mid-west College of Technology that became the foundation of University of Benin.
In 1966, he was a member of an advisory committee to the Military Governor of the Mid-Western State, David Ejoor and was appointed Federal Commissioner of Information in 1975. He worked with the administrations of Military Governor Samuel Ogbemudia and Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon between 1966 and 1975. During the second republic, he was a member of the national executive committee of NPN and was the Bendel State treasurer of the party. In 1983, he was an elected senator for three months at the twilight of the Shagari administration.