David Nweze Umahi, fondly called Engineer Dave, was born to the humble family of Elder and Deaconess Joseph Umahi Nweze in Umunaga Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He attended Umunaga Primary School in Uburu from 1971-1977 where he bagged his First Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Engr. Umahi started his secondary education at Ishiagu High School in 1978 and in 1979, transferred to the prestigious Government Secondary School, Afikpo, where he completed his secondary education and passed his WASC Examinations in Division 1 grade with excellent Alpha performances in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Chemistry. While in Government Secondary School Afikpo, young Dave was made a Library Prefect. This was predicated on his academic exploits in spite of the fact that the tradition in the school was that only students who started in class 1 were qualified to hold any position in the school such as School Prefect.
In the quest for higher education, the young but hardworking Dave got admission into the Anambra State University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from 1982 to 1987. While in Anambra State University of Science and Technology, he was elected into the Students’ parliament as a Senator representing Engineering Faculty and was very outstanding in all proceedings of the school’s Students Union Government senate. At the completion of his university education, he enlisted for the NYSC scheme. Between 1988 and 1989, he did his National Service in SAIPEM SPA in Benin City. While serving there, he was made a Sectional Head (CATHODIC PROTECTION ENGINEERING SECTOR) in the 2.8 billion naira gas pipeline project from EXCRAVOS IN WARRI to EGBIN GAS PLANT IN LAGOS. He was honoured with the NYSC State Award for his outstanding performance. After his National Youth Service Programme, the vibrant Engr. Dave worked with SCC Nigeria Limited; an Israeli Company (Water Engineering Giant) and rose to the position of Project Engineer. It was here that his managerial and technical competence was brought to the fore in his supervision of the historic Umuahia Water Project and the Ndiegoro Aba Flood Control Measures between 1988 and 1990.
From 1990 to 1993, he became General Manager and Shareholder in NORMAN ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION NIGERIA LIMITED, a company which he co-founded with the then MD of NAFCON Port-Harcourt, Dr. Ombo Isokarari. Chief Engr. Dave Umahi was also the Chairman and CEO of the following companies until March 2011, when he resigned his position and membership of all the companies due to his election into public office.
Chief Dave Umahi is a unique personality. He is a man of many parts. In politics, he exhibits outstanding leadership qualities that make him a credible politician. From 2007 to 2009, Chief Umahi was appointed the Acting State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Ebonyi State. Following his performance as Acting Chairman, he was elected the substantive state Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Ebonyi State during the 2009 State Congress of the Party ; a position he held till 2011. From 2010 to 2011, he was also appointed the Chairman, Governing Board of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State. In the year 2011, Chief Umahi was chosen by His Excellency, Chief Martin N. Elechi CON as his running mate in the governorship election of Ebonyi State. Subsequently, he was elected the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State on 26th April, 2011 and was sworn-in on 29th May, 2011. His Excellency, Engr. David Umahi has since assumption of office proved himself a very dependable assistant to Chief Martin N. Elechi in the administration of Ebonyi State.
His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Umahi is very philanthropic, with numerous chieftancy titles, including Ekubara oha. As a cheerful giver, he has given meaning and value to the lives of many people of different ethnic nationalities. Under the “ENGR. DAVE UMAHI EDUCATION FOUNDATION”, Chief Umahi has given full scholarship to over 750 undergraduates from the inception of their tertiary education to final year, from 2009 to date. He also runs a Charity through which he distributes essential materials and cash to widows, orphans and the less–privileged periodically. Through his Youth Empowerment Scheme, he has sponsored the training of young peoplein entrepreneurial skills, mobilized many financially and today, many of them are proud owners of thriving businesses.
Engr. Dave Umahi became a born again Christian in 1979 when he was at the Assemblies of God Church. In 1990 in Lagos, he converted to Christ Embassy Church and became Chairman of the Building Committee nationally, a position which saw him in charge of development of church structures throughout Nigeria. He chaired the church development Committees at Ikeja, Lagos, Oregun Lagos, many camp grounds in Lagos, Warri Church, Port-Harcourt Church, Calabar Church, Benin Church, Abakaliki Church and many other camp grounds. He was made a Deacon in the Church in 1994. He single-handedly built an edifice for God’s worship in Abakaliki Christ Embassy Church. He is a man full of the grace of God and can rightly be referred to as the David of our generation.
He likes playing football and table tennis
His Excellency, Engineer Dave Umahi is married to her Excellency, Chief (Mrs.) Rachel Umahi and they have seven children.