Hon. Anthony Tyavnongo Shawon was born on 15th November, 1957 at Ute Kaseyo in Uvir Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area, where he hails from.
He began his early education at St. John’s Primary School, Gboko, 1967-1971 where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate (FLSC) in 1971. He proceeded to Government Teachers College Idah, 1976-1979 where he bagged the Grade II Teachers Certificate in 1979. Thereafter, he attended the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, 1981-1983 and received the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) after graduation in 1983.
At the University of Jos, 1991-1994, Hon. Shawon read and obtained B.Sc. Hons in Political Science. He later attended Benue State University, 2000-2002 where he earned M.Sc Public Administration in 2002.
His working experience has taken him through the Education and Justice Ministries, as well as the Local Government system.
He began work in 1979 when he was employed as an Assistant Education Officer II with the Makurdi Local Government. He rose to become Senior Education Assistant with the State Ministry of Education, Makurdi, 1989; Principal Education Officer I at Government Secondary School, Ihugh, 1995; Senior Personnel Officer with the Benue State Judiciary, 1995; Deputy Director, Administration, High Court of Justice, Makurdi, 2010; and Director Planning, Research and Statistics at the same department. He retired from service in 2014.
He also attended several professional conferences and workshops during his working career. These include Advanced Management Course at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Lagos, 2006; Workshop on Judicial Administration at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, 2006; and Workshop on Ethics, Management Skills and Information Technology at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, 2012.
Politically, he joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 after retirement from service but switched over to All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.
Hon. Shawon is married and enjoys badminton, volleyball and reading as hobbies.