Rochas Okorocha’s Biography–Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is the former Governor of Imo State, Nigeria, who served two terms. More than that, he is a businessman and currently, the senator representing Imo West, Imo State, Nigeria. Rochas Okorocha is the President of Rochas Foundation an initiative that provides free education for African children.
Rochas Okorocha’s Biography-Owelle Rochas was born on 22 September 1962 in Ogboko, Ideato South, Imo State. Rochas was not born with a silver spoon; he described his family’s state when growing up as ‘all shades of poverty’.
He attended Juladaco High School, Jos. Between 1990-1991, he obtained a diploma in Public Administration at the University of Jos. Later, he returned to the University of Jos in 1993 to obtain an advanced diploma in Public Administration.
Okorocha tied the knot with her wife Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha in 1987 and they are blessed with six children: Uju, Uloma, Amamchi, Uchechi, Ahamefula, and Amen.
Rochas Okorocha Professional And Business Career
His childhood experience turned him into an enterprising person at a very young age. Rochas started by hawking groceries in Barkin Ladi, Jos. Other notable things he did include: buying a television at age 9, purchasing a bus at age 14, becoming the head of a commercial school at age 19, becoming the proprietor of a school at age 23, venturing into cement business (BBC) in Gboko State at age 23.
Before being a politician, Rochas served in the following offices:
· President of Nigeria Red Cross Society
· President/FounderRochas Foundation Inc.
· President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited
· Pro-Chancellor, African Business School and
· Past Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
Rochas Okorocha’s Biography-Rochas was a Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a member of the National Constitutional Conference. After democracy was restored in 1999, Rochas competed in the primaries to be the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Imo State and failed.
Thereafter, Rochas moved to the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). In 2003, he contested as President under the platform of ANPP but failed again.
After returning to PDP, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs.
In 2005, Rochas Okorocha formed a party known as Action Alliance (AA). He planned to contest as President under AA in the 2007 elections. For reasons known to him, he returned to PDP again.
Rochas Okorocha As Governor
Rochas Okorocha later decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to run as APGA candidate for Imo State Governor in the April 2011 national elections. But, in December 2010, APGA suspended Rochas from the party because of an issue described as anti-party activities pending an investigation of his conduct. Regardless, Okorocha went on to campaign as an APGA governorship candidate and won.
However, due to irregularities of the result, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Imo State 2011 gubernatorial election inconclusive. Eventually, the final results had Okorocha of the APGA declared winner with 336,859 votes.
In 2013, Rochas decamped from APGA to the All Progressive Congress (APC). He then contested in 2015 general elections for a second term in office with the former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as a major opponent. The election held on 11 April 2015 after the first date was shifted by six weeks due to perceived security threats.
Eventually, the election was also declared inconclusive. INEC thereafter ordered a re-run for the governorship election due to the 79,000 difference between the votes scored by the leading and the second candidate. After the re-run, Rochas Okorocha won the 2015 Imo State governorship election.
Rochas Okorocha With APC
On 2 March 2013, Rochas led some members of APGA to form All Progressives Congress. Thereafter, his colleagues elected him as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum. Rochas picked his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who was his Chief of Staff, as his candidate to run for the office of the governor under APC, but Uche lost the governorship ticket to Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Afterward, Uche Nwosu abandoned APC to join Action Alliance (AA) party and, later became their governorship flag bearer. On 1st March 2019, APC suspended Rochas Okorocha and Amosun for anti-party activities.
Furthermore, after completing his tenure as a two-term Imo State Governor, Rochas contested for the senatorial seat at the National Assembly in 2019 and won. The results were said to be controversial. Eventually, INEC issued him a certificate of return on 11 June 2019. And, on 13 June 2019, he was sworn in by the Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President.
Rochas Okorocha Philanthropy
In 1996, Rochas founded the Rochas Foundation as a way of giving back to society. In 2001, Rochas Foundation birthed Rochas Foundation College, which today, has campuses across the Federation. Interestingly, the college offers free education to Nigerian students irrespective of tribe or race. Rochas Okorocha established the college to help Nigerian masses by giving free education to many Nigerian students so they can live above the poverty line.
Rochas Okorocha Net Worth
We couldn’t ascertain Rochas Okorocha’s net worth before politics but we know he owned a lot of business empires before venturing into politics. Currently, Rochas Okorocha is worth $1.4billion according to Forbes, making him one of the richest politicians in Nigeria.