Wilson Essien was born in the Cross River State of Nigeria, where he received his early education. He served as a primary school teacher and later as a district court registrar.
Wilson Essien attended John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, where he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, an MBA degree in Business Administration from National University in San Diego, California, and a Ph.D. degree in Organizational Development (Integral Studies) from the California Institute Of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California.
Wilson was employed by the University Of Phoenix to teach organizational behavior and global business strategies.
Wilson is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Vending in San Francisco.