Peter Ogbu Okwoche

Last Modified: 
21 Jan 2011

Peter Ogbu Okwoche is a well known international broadcaster from Nigeria. He was born in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in Nigeria, on 18th September 1968. His Parents are Oga Okwoche, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to France and Chief Mrs Inori Okwoche.

Peter has been in the broadcasting industry for nearly 20 years. He had his primary education at Hillcrest School Jos and Demonstration Primary School Makurdi, Benue State. His secondary education was at the British School of Paris, France and Federal Government College Enugu. He then proceeded to the University of Jos, from where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts in 1989. After his Youth Service in Bauchi where he worked as a trainer in the state’s Arts Council, he returned to Makurdi where he took up employment as an English teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School.

After teaching for two years, Peter moved to Radio Benue Makurdi as an announcer. Three years later, wanting to expand his horizons, Peter moved to Lagos where he joined one of Nigeria’s leading publications, Hints Magazine in February 1996. At Hints, along with writing for the magazine, he also produced the highly successful radio drama, 9-to-5 and also co-produced the magazine’s home movies like Millionaires Are Saints.
He became Features Editor for Hints Magazine in 2000, but left two years later to resume active broadcasting with Silverbird Communications owners of Rhythm 93.7 FM.

While at Rhythm, he presented numerous programmes including the breakfast show, Morning Drive.

In 2003 Peter moved to Abuja to head Rhythm 94.7. While in Abuja he raised the profile of the station with his shows and interviews of prominent Nigerians.

In 2004 Peter’s talents were snapped up by the world’s leading broadcasting organisation the British Broadcasting Organisation (BBC). He moved to London where he is a regular presenter on the World Service, presenting such flagship programmes as Focus on Africa, Network Africa, The World Today and Fast Track, amongst others.

Peter Okwoche is known for his laidback but probing interviewing style, prising answers out of his guests that they would rather not have divulged. On a daily basis he interviews Presidents and Heads of State, leaders of industry, politicians and other newsmakers. He constantly travels to different parts of the world to cover events for the BBC.

Peter resides in London with his wife Esame Okwoche, a Human Resource Manager and writer as well as their two children: Tyrese Oga Okwoche, and Nicole-Kenya Anya Okwoche. He speaks five languages and likes sports and music. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club.