Daniel Amaechi Onwe, was born in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in Nigeria. He had his Primary education at the Army Children’s School, Isiohor Benin-City. He got admitted to the Faculty of Law, University of Uyo, Akwaibom State, where he bagged his LL.B. Between 2002 and 2003, he attended the Nigerian Law School, Enugu Campus, and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2003. He did his mandatory Youth Service between 2003 and 2004 in Markurdi, Benue State, precisely with the law firm of J. S. Okutapa, SAN & Co. He bagged an LL. M. from the University of Lagos. He was appointed Notary Public for Nigeria in 2012. He trained as a broadcaster with the National Broadcast Academy, Ikeja, Lagos.
Daniel Onwe had a brief stint with the civil service before he voluntarily resigned as a Social Welfare Officer from the Enugu State Local Government Service Commission, to engage fully in private legal practice. He worked briefly as associate with Ike Akaraiwe & Associate, Enugu and Bisi Ade-Ademuwagun, Lagos, respectively, before he set out to start his own practice as Daniel Onwe & Co. The said firm subsequently consolidated into a partnership – Daniel & Sophina, wherein he is currently the lead partner.
Daniel Onwe, a Polio survivor, has been passionate in championing the cause of persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in Nigeria, via various forms of advocacy including pro bono strategic public interest litigation. He is a legal consultant, rendering free legal services to the leading Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in Nigeria. He has been involved in the drafting of the major Disability Bills for the National Assembly and several State Assemblies in Nigeria. Onwe has consulted for a broad spectrum of bodies including the 6th House of Representatives’ Joint Committee on Human Rights/Women Affairs and Social Development, as well as numerous Civil Society Organizations and International Development Agencies, including the British Council, on the European Union-funded Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme.
He is the present President of Association of Lawyers with Disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN), an association aimed at breaking down barriers and opening up the space in the Nigerian legal profession for persons with disabilities. Daniel is a committed member of NBA, Ikeja Branch, an inspirational and conference speaker, and an author. He is very happily married to Blessing and they have a son, Jephthah.