Onari Duke’s Uncommon Charm


Although she has been out of office as First Lady for some time, Onari Duke, wife of former governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke, still has a place among the strikingly beautiful wives of former governors. She still possesses the charm and candour that made her a reference point when she held sway as First Lady.

It would be recalled that while she was in office, celebrity journalists usually scrambled to snap her picture to grace the covers of their magazines. Also, her handsome husband comes across as a stylish man, making the couple two of a kind. Their ranking on the social scene is also something to write home about.

Their presence at high-octane events has always not gone unnoticed, though the elegant former First Lady could be said to be selective about the social event she attends.

Duke, a legal practitioner, an entrepreneur, a certified mediation/dispute resolution consultant and philanthropist, is the managing partner of the law firm of Duke&Bob-manuel. Mrs. Duke serves as the Executive Chairman, Allied Merchants & Brokers limited, a merchandising and brokerage firm.

Unlike some other first ladies who discontinued their pet projects immediately after leaving office, she is still busy with her own project, Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria, (CS-DON). The NGO, which was set up in 2002, was borne out of the need to create a platform where people can come together to heighten advocacy, create awareness and raise funds for cancer patients across West Africa.