Brigadier-General John Atom Kpera was the first Military Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria from March 1976 to July 1978. He was also Military Governor of Benue State from 1983-1985.
He attended Government College Katsina-Ala, (1956–1961) for his secondary education. After joining the NigerianArmy he attended the Haile Selasie Military Academy, Ethiopia in 1962 for his Military Cadet Training, and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Corp of Engineers in 1965. He held various command and staff appointments including Engineers Brigade Commander, Squadron Commander, Regimental Commander, and Commander, Corps of Engineers.