Joseph Egwu Ekuma was born on 16th September, 1959 into the family of Ekuma Egwu whose patriarch was Egwu Eleje in Amankwo village, Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State. He is married with children.
He attended and graduated from the under-listed schools obtaining the accompanying certificates, degree and diploma.
 St. Patrick’s Primary School Ndibe, Afikpo – 1972-FSLC
 Government College, Umuahia – 1977 – WASCE/GCE
 Imo Sate University, Etiti – 1985 – BA Hons
 Abia State University, Uturu – 1991 – PGDPA

While at Government College, Umuahia, he was in a crew of his Extension House Magazine – The Cedar,and at one time the House representative at the school cafeteria. In the University, Mr. Ekuma was elected as one of the pioneer members of the Students Representative Council (SRC) representing Hostel ”B’.

Having armed himself with the above pedigree, Mr. Ekuma started work first as a clerk in 1978 in the old Imo State. In 1981, he left for the University on study-leave without pay and graduated in 1985. On return after one year mandatory NYSC, he got re-installed into the Civil Service in 1986. Then in 1990, Imo State government sponsored him on a one year in-service training to study public administration at the Postgraduate diploma level.
The servant man worked in the following key government establishments: State Audit, Local Government Audit, Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Head of Service, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Local Government Service Commission and the Government House in the three States of Imo, Abia and Ebonyi State beforeretirement in 2013.
A dedicated and diligent generalist administrator, Mr. Ekuma rose steadily from one position to another in the civil service to the peak of his career as Director of Administration. Within the period of his service, he attended many senior Management courses, conferences, workshops and seminars in Nigeria including ASCON. A Jerusalem pilgrim of Batch 2006.
On ad-hoc assignment, Mr. Ekuma was appointed member/secretary of 3No. Government panels of inquiry in Ebonyi State. He also covered the duties of Permanent secretaries in the following offices:
 Department of Establishment, HOS Office 2002 for 3 months
 Department of Administration, SSG’s office 2005 for 10 months
 Local Government Service Commission, August – November 2007
On 15th November, 2007, Mr. Ekuma was appointed the Administrative Secretary, Grants and Donor Agencies, Government House Abakaliki, a post he held till his retirement on 15th November 2013.
When the 5 South-East States jointly established a Secretariat at Abuja to serve Conference delegates from the states in 2014 National Conference, and required two staff from each State to man the Secretariat, Mr. Ekuma was one of the two staff from Ebonyi State that were selected to work there, the task he performed creditably.

A committed member/stakeholder of Amankwo village, Nkpoghoro Autonomous Community and Afikpo Town Associations. And the wealth of experience, zeal and passion Mr. Ekuma brought to bear in his work in and outside the public service prompted the Proprietor of BMIIST to invite him to help streamline the administration of this noble Institution.