He completed his basic education at Ndi Elu Primary School, Nkporo and his secondary education at Nkporo Secondary School, Nkporo in 1970 and 1982 respectively.
Prior to his swearing-in as Deputy Governor, he had served as the Speaker of the 5th Abia State House of Assembly. He proceeded to study accounting at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos from which he graduated in 1986. He holds B.Sc and Masters degree certificates in accounting after undergoing undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Lagos in 1991 and 1997 respectively.
Ude served as an accountant for SMACS Computers and General Manager, CONTECH Ventures Limited. between 1988 to 1996 before he went on to establish Chukwu Ude Oko Chukwu and Company
(Chartered Accountants) in 2001. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (Farm Credit Administration).
He was also appointed Speaker of the 5th Abia State House of Assembly by Theodore Orji in 2011, a position he held until his election as Deputy Governor of Abia State.