Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe is the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria. Dcn. Gekpe is from Itigidi in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, South-South Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary attended Government Primary School, Itigidi and Comprehensive Secondary School, Obudu for her primary and post primary education. She later enrolled in the famous University of Calabar, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Theatre Arts. This is complemented with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration of the National Open University of Nigeria.
Dcn. Gekpe started her career as a young National Youth Service Corps with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and was subsequently employed into the Federal Civil Service of the Federation in 1984 as a Cultural Officer 1.
Before her recent appointment as a Permanent Secretary, she had served as the
- Head of Abuja Carnival Management Committee
- Production Manager, National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos
- Head/Administrative Officer of the National Troupe of Nigeria
- Chief Protocol Officer, Personal Assistant and Technical Adviser to a number of past Honourable Ministers of Culture and Tourism
- Public Relations Officer – Nigeria Copyright Commission
- Head of Multilateral Division External Cultural Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
- Director, Entertainment and Creative Services Department
Deaconess Grace Gekpe has, before her present status represented Nigeria at International Conferences and attended numerous courses at home and abroad.
Very urbane, thorough, hardworking and a veritable team player, Dcn, Gekpe, as Director – Entertainment and Creative Services Department in 2014, mid-wifed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2016 between Nigeria and the British Council on the training of Festivals/Carnivals Managers and mapping of the creative Industry in Nigeria.
Deaconess Grace, as she is fondly called, is an astute administrator, a dedicated, committed and resourceful Civil Servant with unquestionable integrity. The Perm Sec says she lives to serve and all through her career in the Service, she has brought vim, vigour, zeal and enthusiasm in the way and manner she does her work.
She is a practical Christian and church worker at Living Faith church, Jahi-Abuja and at present the Vice Chairman of the Deacons’ Board. Her hobbies include: mentoring, playing chess, table tennis, scrabble, reading, travelling, meeting and making new friends.