Senator Henry Seriake Dickson was born on the 28th of January 1966 in Toru-Orua Town of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. He is a progeny of the King Kpadia Royal House of Tarakiri Kingdom.
Seriake had his primary education at Kolobiriowei Primary School, Toru-Orua, from 1972 to 1978, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Toru-Ebene, the town of Sagbama in 1978 to 1983 where he bagged his West African School Certificate (WASSCE/GCE).
Before he embarked into partisan politics, Dickson was a public servant, lawyer and Ijaw rights activist who was dedicated to the struggle and using the platform of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), alongside other like minds. He was and still is strongly an advocate for resource control, its ownership and a better and united Nigeria.
Dickson in January 2006, was appointed the attorney-general and commissioner for justice of Bayelsa State between 2006 and 2007 by the then Governor, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR.
While occupying the seat of the attorney general, he was a member of the Body of Benchers, member, Council of Legal Education and vice chairman of the State Advisory Judicial Service Commission
Senator Dickson was elected to the National Assembly’s House of Representatives in 2007 and was appointed chairman, House Committee on Justice and member of several committees including Defence, National Security, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs
In April 2011, he was elected for a second term; this election was the first time that someone in his constituency has done this.
In his second term, he was appointed Chairman House Committee on Special Duties.
As a governor, The Independent National Electoral Commission reported that Henry Seriake Dickson won over 90% of the votes.
Dickson was re-elected Governor of Bayelsa State at the 2015 Bayelsa State gubernatorial election
On the 14th of February, 2020, Dickson officially handed over to Douye Diri as the Governor of Bayelsa State
While in office, Henry Seriake Dickson sent over 50 bills to the Bayelsa House of Assembly, BSHA, including the State Transparency Law, Thanksgiving Law and the Judicial Autonomy Law for which he has received commendations from the Attorney General of the Federation and the Honorable Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Governor Dickson enacted the Right to Education Law in Bayelsa which obliges parents, guardians of children as well as the Government of the state to ensure that children are in schools up to the age of 18
On the 5th of December, 2020, senator Dickson was announced as the Bayelsa West Senatorial Bye-Election with over 80% of the total votes and was sworn in as Senator into the 9th Senate replacing Senator Ewhrudiakpo Lawrence on the 15th of December, 2020
As a senator, Dickson has organised various empowerment programmes for his constituent including the distribution of tricycles and canoes which was done in collaboration with the National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO), which conducted entrepreneurial skills training for the beneficiaries.
In addition, OfurumaPepe as he is fondly called has collaborated with the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin in Kwara state to organise a five-day training for 100 women from our Senatorial District on new and existing developments that can make them successful in agribusiness. Specifically, the goal of the training was to equip the women with the requisite skills to engage in poultry farming, piggery and cassava farming for profitability.
Henry Seriake Dickson is a member of notable cultural organisations like the Sekiapu Club of Opume, Nembe, Brass, Kalabari and holds the celebrated title of OfurumaPepe (meaning The Great White Shark which braves the ocean when the tempest is highest.
He is married to Rachael Seriake Dickson. Their marriage is blessed with children.
His wife Rachael is a happy mother to a set of quadruplets, three girls and a boy.