Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe was a politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from October 1, 1979 until December 31, 1983.
Mbakwe began his education in 1937 at Avutu Primary School. He then studied at the Teachers Training College, Oleh, Isoko, from 1946 to 1947, and at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone in 1952. He moved on to the University of Manchester (1953-1956), the University of Hull (1956-1958), and finally the school run by the Inns of Court (1958-1959), all in England, before returning to Nigeria to practice law in Port Harcourt, Eastern Region. Mbakwe also served in the army of the Republic of Biafra.
Mbakwe joined the Constituent Assembly in 1978 and became governor on October 1 of the next year.
Mbakwe died on January 6th 2004.