Umaru Tanko Al-makura was born in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on the 15th of November, 1953. He attended Dunama Primary School, Lafia, Government Teachers College, Keffi, Advanced Teachers College, Uyo, (1972-75) and the famous Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1975-1978), where he graduated with Bachelor of Education Degree with specialization in Social Studies.
U. T. Almakura was a teacher at the Government College, Makurdi, and later worked as a journalist after his graduation as an Assistant Producer, News and Current Affairs at the then Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria (BCNN) which later became part of NTA Kaduna.
He has had a long and successful business career. After his graduation in 1978, he formed Almakura Nigeria Limited, a civil and building engineering company which in addition imported, sold and serviced agricultural and industrial machinery.
This successful businessman and entrepreneur was elected into the Constituent Assembly in 1988 - 89 to represent Lafia - Obi Federal Constituency of the then Plateau State.
Today as a businessman, Almakura is into real estate and property development as chairman of his company, Ta'al Nigeria Limited.
His political career began from his secondary school days when in his final year, he was elected secretary of all major clubs and societies in the school among which are the Literary and Debating Society, Dancing Club and the Muslim Students Society (MSS).
At the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, his alma mater, the young Umaru Tanko Almakura was elected member of the Student Union Parliament, the Student Representative Assembly, etc. Before then, this adventurous and detribalized Nigerian from NasarawaState was the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Students Union Government of the College of Education, Uyo. When the position of National Assistant Secretary of the then National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) the umbrella union of all Nigerian Students in tertiary institutions, was zoned to his school in Uyo, the amiable Umaru TankoAlmakura was unanimously selected to represent the school at the National Executive Committee of the NUNS.
In 1980, two years after he ventured into politics, Almakura emerged as the Youth Leader of the then National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the then Plateau State, today's Plateau and Nasarawa State. As NPN Youth Leader and in line with the party's constitution, he automatically became a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the defunct NPN in the second republic.
Between 1990 - 92, he served as the State Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) party in the then Plateau State. Umaru Tanko Almakura is presently the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State under the platform of APC elected in 2011 and 2015.
Married to two (2) wives with 10 children.