Born on 14th April, 1978 Honorable James Ejembi Okefe got the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) at L.G.E.A Primary School, Ede, Okpoga, in 1990.
He proceeded for the Senior Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C.E.) at Obeya Memorial Secondary School, Okpoga, Benue State in 1996 and thereafter, for the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (W.A.S.S.C.E.) at Orokam Community Secondary School, Orokam, in 2009.
Hon Okefe acquired the Ordinary National Diploma, O.N.D. in Business Studies at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Benue State in 2003 which paved way for him for the award of the Higher National Diploma, H.N.D, in Business Administration and Management at the same institution in 2005.
He enrolled into the Benue State University, Makurdi, and graduated with B.Sc (Hons) Business Management in 2013 after which he registered for Masters in Business Administration at the same university in 2014.
He started work in the banking sector in 2001 and rose to be Accounts Officer at Standard Trust Bank PLC (now UBA)/
Hon Okefe also worked at the Bank PHB PLC (now Keystone Bank) Makurdi, as Relationship Manager from 2007 to 2012.
He has been Board Director, Jamis Microfinance Bank Nigeria Limited, and President, Solid Thrift and Loan Co-operative Society Ltd, proprietor, Okpokwu Model International School as well as Director and Treasurer, Ondugbe Multi-purpose Co-operative Society Limited.
Hon Okefe has attended many workshops and conferences within and outside the country.
He is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) as well as Institute of Political Administration and Management.
The Deputy Speaker who enjoys meeting people; reading; travelling; and playing football is married with children.
Elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he crossed over to the All Progressives Congress, APC.