Ebong Ekwere was born in 1961 and attended Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, where he graduated in 1985 with a Higher National Diploma in fine arts, majoring in sculpture. Since 1999, he has worked with the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Abuja, where he is presently assistant chief executive officer. Ekwere works with wood and metal in two broad representational styles; an academic mode through which he produces striking portraits of Nigerian personages, and a more stylized expression, in which he exaggerates several facets of his figures to achieve rhythm and movement. Ekwere is also a gifted draughtsman, and his work has been exhibited extensively in Nigeria and abroad. Ebong Ekwere is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.