Francis Sunday Barikor was born in Bomu, Gokana-Ogoni, Rivers State, Nigeria. Mr. Barikor has an interesting background. He attended Government Vocational Training Center, Port Harcourt, where he obtained his City and Guilds Certificate in Telecommunications in conjunction with the General Certificate in Education (GCE). Upon completion of his post-primary education, Mr. Barikor worked with the Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation as a Technical Officer. He later taught at Government Trade Center, Brass, in the old Rivers State, before proceeding to the former Rivers State College of Science and Technology (CST), Port Harcourt, where he enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Mr. Barikor left CST upon completion of his first year and travelled to the United States.
In the US, Mr. Barikor attended and graduated from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (with a minor in Mathematics). Following a brief stint of employment, Mr. Barikor enrolled at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, where he obtained a graduate degree (MPH) in Health Administration and Policy. Following graduation, Mr. Barikor was offered an Administrative Fellowship by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., Washington, DC and posted to a Community Health Center in Tucson, AZ. Upon completion of his Fellowship, Mr. Barikor was retained by the Health Center and served in various positions of increasing responsibility for a period over 8 years.
In 1999, Mr. Barikor opted to try a new vocation. He enrolled full-time at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, School of Law. During his last two years of Law School, Mr. served as a Legal Intern in the Office of General Counsel, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Inc., Albuquerque. Upon graduation and passing the bar exam, Mr. Barikor was retained by the Organization where he worked in healthcare regulatory compliance administration for 3 years before joining Bannerman and Williams, PC, a medium size law firm in Albuquerque, as an Associate. Mr. Barikor remained with the firm for 3 years before relocating to Maryland in 2008. Mr. Barikor is currently in private practice as a solo practitioner. Mr. Barikor is a member of the Maryland Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar of the State of New Mexico (Inactive Status).