Tonye Patrick Cole was born on the 11th of January 1967 in Port Harcourt, Rivers Sate. He attended All Saints Church School, Ibadan and Corona School Victoria Island, Lagos. Then King’s College Lagos and King’s School Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. He also attended University of Lagos, graduating with B.Es/B.Arch merit honours in Architecture 1990. Furthermore, he is an alumnus of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies,
Kuru, Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program (AMP186), and Transformational Leadership Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. His National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was in Osun State.