Engr Joe Igbokwe was born in Uruagu Nnewi in Anambra to the late Chief & Mrs Daniel and Dinah Igbokwe on April 30 1956. He attended Uruagu Central School Nnewi for his Primary Education and got his First School Leaving Certificate In 1971. In 1974, he gained admission into Okongwu Memorial Grammar School Nnewi and passed out with Division one in 1979. Joe Igbokwe was the Head Boy in the 1978/79 academic year.
In 1980 he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to read Mechanical Engineering. He was the Vice President of the Association of Mechanical Engineering Students (UNN) in the 1984/ 85 session and graduated with honours in 1985. He observed his mandatory NYSC in Ogun State with Lapeleke Red Bricks Industry in Lapeleke Village and finished in 1986.
In 1988, Joe Igbokwe founded Optimum Plaza and First Grade International Ltd with the help of National Directorate of Employment.
In 1997, he added National Vision Newspapers Ltd and became a compulsive writer, pro-democracy activist, political analyst, policy analyst, widely read and vastly published commentator on national issues. He joined in the struggle for the activation of June 12 annulled elections from 1993 to 1998. Joe is also an author. Among his published works are “IGBOS: 25 YEARS AFTER BIAFRA” published in 1995, “HEROES OF DEMOCRACY” published in 1999, and co- authored, “2007: THE IBB OPTION in 2004” with his friend, Peter Claver Opara.
Engr Joe Igbokwe joined Lagos State Government in 2006 as the pioneer General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance & Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) and served there for more than 10 yrs contributing significantly to the quest to make Lagos a Smart City. In 2105, he was appointed as the pioneer Chairman of Wharf Landing Fees Collecting Authority, WLFCA in Apapa serving till his appointment as a member of the cabinet of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Joe Igbokwe has been the Publicity Secretary of the State chapter of the defunct Action Congress (AC), which later fused into Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and metamorphosed into All Progressives Congress (APC) since 2007 and has been the Pioneer Chairman of Conference of APC Publicity Secretaries across Nigeria since 2014.
He is a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE), a member of Council for the Regulation Of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN) and is married to Dr (Mrs) Grace Igbokwe and blessed with children.
He currently serves as Special Adviser for Drainage & Water Resources to Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu.