Kachikwu was born on December 18, 1956. He attended St. Peter’s Primary School Ogwashi-Uku before gaining admission into St. Pius Grammar School Onicha-Ugbo, which he left in 1968 with top level performance. He was in Edo College from 1973 to 1974 equally with sterling performance. Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a distinction graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He bagged a first class degree in Law and was the best graduand and multiple awards winner from both Institutions. He thereafter obtained a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Law from Harvard University, with distinctions. Kachikwu was the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the General Counsel of Texaco Upstream and Downstream in Nigeria and a former Executive Vice-Chairman of ExxonMobil (Africa Operations). Kachikwu is also a journalist, having established published several magazines in Nigeria.