Funkekeme Solomon

Hon. Funkekeme Solomon was born in 1962 and represents Burutu II constituency. He was the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly and had been in the House since 1999.

Hon. Funkekeme Solomon was born on April 21, 1962. He is an indigene of Ojobo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Early in life, young Funkekeme attended the Zuokumor Primary School, in his home town between 1971-1976 and proceeded to the Gbesa grammar school, Ojobo for his secondary education in 1976 and obtained the G.C.E. certificate in

Still in pursuit of better education, he got admitted into the college of Education, Abraka in 1982. He came out in 1985 with the N.C.E. qualification. Funkekeme did not feel fulfilled with the NCE and this burning desire for more knowledge gave vent to his further search for still higher education. Consequently, he enrolIed for a degree programme in the then Bendel State University, Abraka for a three year English programme.

In 1989, he obtained a B.A. (Hons) degree in English language. He is presently running an M.A. degree programme in English Literary studies in the University of Benin, Benin – City.

As a young boy, Funkekeme seemed to have been destined for leadership positions. In his secondary school days, he was Sanitary/Health Prefect as well as the President of the Red cross society.

At the college of Education, he was the secretary-General of the students’ Union government between 1983-1984. He was also a member of the Student’s Parliament and the Pioneer Secretary-General, Political Science Students Association.

While pursing his first degree programme, he was President, Abraka Campus Students Union government between 1987 – 1988. As a student in the literary Studies, Funkekeme took early interest in the field of Joumalism.

He was between 1986 – 1987, President Editor-in-chief of the Campus Magazine published by the Renaissance publishers. Before leaving the university, he was awarded a special prize for “outstanding contributions to the students Union Government” of the school.

Since he left school, Funkekeme has been up-and-coming in the various endeavors in which he has tried his hands. First, he tried his hands in the Education sector. He was a full time lecturer in the Institute of Continuing Education, Warri in 1992 and was also a part time lecturer of English at the College of Education also in Warri.

Between 1992-1993, he veered into the media world again, not as a cub having been an Editor in FRCN in 1990, as he was appointed the Chief Press Secretary to the pioneer Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly. At the collapse of that

civilian regime, he was made deputy project Director for the state’s Newspaper project-the Pointer Newspaper.Since the~ Funkekeme has been very active in politics. He has been member of UPN, SDP and APP Political Parties at various times.

In 1999 when this new vista of politics was opened, he was elected as member, Delta State House of Assembly under the APP to represent Burutu II constituency. At the inauguration of that Assembly, he was elected as Minority leader of the House.

In 2003, he contested and won the seat again for a second term under the ANPP and was re-elected Minority leader – a position he held until May 25th, 2006.

In 2007, Hon Funkekeme Solomon clinched the ticket to return to the House a record third time, but on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was elected by his colleagues as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Hon Funkekeme whose hobbies are traveling, reading, and table tennis is married with two lovely kids.