Kesimbah Joseph Jedy-Agba, the distinguished Kjay, as he is fondly called by his peers, friends and admirers, was born on the 23rd October 1970, into the royal family of HRM Uti Joseph David Agba, the Paramount ruler of Obudu Local Government Area; unarguably the longest serving traditional stool holder in Africa.
He is a house hold name in the State whose devotion to helping people has endeared him to a lot of people in the State and indeed several Nigerians across the country.
A political scientist by training, Kjay graduated with a B.Sc degree in Political Science from the University of Calabar, in 1997.
He has also a PGD in Business Administration from Nasarawa State University and an MBA from the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Osun State.
He had his post primary education at the prestigious and foremost Mary Knoll College, Okuku-Yala in Cross River State.
Philosophy of Life
He is a quintessential gentleman who is ever willing to lend a helping hand at any given time he is called upon to do so. He strives for continuous improvement while keeping the big picture in his quest for leadership and tireless contributions to the development of the society.
Kjay, remains a highly result oriented person who is always looking for new ways to employ, engage and encourage people; Triple E.
Over the years, he has a demonstrated unmatched record as an effective administrator and a brilliant leader as his ability to get things done modestly and efficiently, stands him out as a public motivator.
Personal Relationship With People
He communicates and relates well with his people and integrates seamlessly with people of different social strata. He certainly has set a fine example of trustworthiness, dependability and commitment in every endeavour he had been.
KJay Jedy- Agba is a recipient awards of many honours; among which is the prestigious African Achievers Award of the Year 2020, given in recognition of his contribution to Nation Building. He holds a Merit Award for Community engagement and has made significant contributions to his community in initiating and driving the course of development and growth of his people. He has the Distinguished honor of being recognized by the
Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja which gave him a Meritorious Award for his contribution to the development of the Cathedral of the 12 Apostles Parish, Abuja.
Other heartwarming awards the very distinguished Kjay has received includes, the prestigious Golden Star Awards, African Meritorious Service Award, Millennium development. Ambassador, Award of Excellence as a Great Achiever of the year 2011 by the Nigerian College of Accountancy Jos, Plateau State. All of these among other too many to mention here attest to his sterling qualities as a gifted and dedicated achiever.
The distinguished kjay is one person who has never hesitated to confront controversial issues and he carries with him a strong heart and mind to handle tough assignments, especially on salient issues in both public and private arena. As a practical individual KJay, would rather work from behind the scenes and deliver greater results than playing to the gallery as is the norm today with most of our politicians. He sets examples of reliability and preparedness to service through his very extensive involvement and commitment to work, business and politics.
Membership of Professional Bodies
As a member of the Institute of Development Administration of Nigeria, he has raised the profile of culture of excellence in its echelons and made the tapestry of that organization richer through the brilliant ideas he has brought into it.
Passion for Work
The energy and enthusiasm KJay brings into service has been unwavering, this was demonstrated in the very active leadership role he played in the administration and running of the housing program of the Ben Ayade administration between 2016 and 2018 when he held office as the Chairman of New Cities Development Board.
During this time, he effectively midwifed the entire processes that led to the establishment of the Nigerian Army Force Housing Scheme at Adiabo, Calabar.
He has consistently and selflessly given of his time and skills to the benefit of those around him. He enjoys the company of others and has often offered assistance and support to people from diverse communities from within and outside the state. Qualities that most often stood him out from amongst his peers and endear him to the hearts of many people within his constituency and beyond.
Always calm and decisive, he is a good ambassador to both the young and the old. He has been an outstanding example and role model to the younger generation, who not only had rallied around him over the years, but have looked up to him in many ways.
Suffice to say that, it takes a special young man to successfully make his mark amongst his peers just as KJay Jedy -Agba has done. Being a man who has always dared to soar, he got his kinsmen and his constituency talking when just at 40 he stepped out in 2011 against all odds, to present himself to be elected as a senator in the Northern Senatorial district of Cross River State.
Only recently he was a vital member of the immediate past Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State that was mandated to rebuild the party following the mass exodus that greeted the political landscape of the State earlier in 2021.
Business et al
Kjay a consumate businessman, he currently sits on the board of Kesim Integrated Services and Logistics Limited as Chairman/CEO.
For his strong administrative acumen he was again in 2020, appointed Chairman of the Bakassi Deep Seaport, one of the signature projects of the current administration in Cross River State.
And South-South zonal coordinator for Youth Empowerment, 2021
He has also participated in different international leadership development and business conferences. Among these are:
– Participant, international business and investment forum in Bern, Switzerland.
– Participant, Leadership and sustainable Development Goals, [SDG] London, 2012
– Participant at the Conference on Innovations in Urban Infrastructure Financing, Newark USA, 2016
Because of his concern for security management in Nigeria, kJay is a Fellow of the police Community relations committee following his contribution to the promotion of peace and community policing since 2002. This is besides being a member of many other professional bodies.
Exceptional achievements are within our reach when we stand tall on a foundation of personal integrity, hard work and unwavering determination. It’s in reaching for the stars that we raise ourselves to the heights of our potentials.
Just recently, the Faculty of Social Science, University of Calabar, his Alma matter conferred on him, the Social Science Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his ongoing commitment to enhance academic excellence in the institution.
Ladies and gentlemen, the hard fighting good people of Obudu, Obanliku and Bekwarra Federal Constituency, we present here to you, a man of impeccable standing, a worthy Ambassador to the Society, Prince KJay Jedy-Agba, your next Houes of Reps Member for Obudu, Obanliku and Bekwarra Constituency.