Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is a wealthy and influential politician who served twice as the governor of Imo state from 2011-2019. He is currently the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate. Read on to know about Nigeria’s quintessential politician- Rochas Okorocha.
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Rochas Okorocha Profile
|Name||Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha|
|Date of birth||22nd September 1962,|
|Occupation||Politician, businessman, Philanthropist.|
|Wife||Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha|
|Children||Aham, Uloma, Uchechi, Uju, Amamchi, Amen Rochas Okorocha|
|Net worth||$ 1.4 billion|
Rochas Okorocha Background And Education.
Born to an Imo father and Anambra mother on 22nd September 1962, he was fully christened Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha. Rochas Okorocha was born and spent his early years in Ogboko, Ideato South, Imo State. Speaking about his childhood, he described it as ‘all shades of poverty.
For his secondary school education, Rochas Okorocha attended Juladaco High School, Jos between 1976-1981. He then proceeded to obtain a diploma in public administration from the prestigious University of Jos. Moving further, Rochas Okorocha returned to the University of Jos to acquire an advanced diploma in Public Administration between 1993-1994.
Rochas Okorocha Career
Rochas Okorocha didn’t begin his career as a politician, He has an early start in business due to the circumstances around his childhood. At a very young age, Rochas Okorocha hawked groceries in Barkin Ladi, Jos. At age 19, he was the head of a commercial school, He also became the proprietor of a school at age 23. Moving further at age 23, Rochas Okorocha began a trade in cement business (BBC) in Gboko State.
Rochas Okorocha has always been an industrious and skilful man. Throughout his career before becoming a politician, he has been involved in various prestigious positions. Below are some of them:
- President, Nigeria Red Cross Society,
- President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc,
- President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited,
- Pro-Chancellor, African Business School
- Former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
Rochas Okorocha Political Career
Before becoming the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha once served as the Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a Member of the National Constitutional Conference. Rochas Okorocha’s ambition to be the governor and President in 1999 and 2003 failed woefully. Under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he was appointed as the Special Adviser on Inter-Party affairs during former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime.
Rochas Okorocha decamped from PDP to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to run as APGA candidate for the Imo State Governorship election in 2011. Despite being suspended from the APGA on the verdict of ‘anti-party activities’, Rochas Okorocha went on to campaign and eventually won the governorship seat in Imo state.
Following his first tenure, Rochas Okorocha decamped from the APGA to All Progressive’s Congress (APC) and contested for the governorship position in 2015. Luckily, he won the election again and served two terms as governor of Imo state.
After his two terms tenure in Imi state, Rochas Okorocha continued his career in politics. He contested for the senatorial seat at the National Assembly in 2019 and won. He is currently the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district.
Rochas Okorocha Net Worth
Rochas Okorocha is amongst the wealthy and influential politicians in Nigeria, He is also a Philanthropist and has helped many lives through the Rochas Okorocha Foundation which he created. His net worth is estimated at $1.4 billion.
Rochas Okorocha Personal Life
Rochas Okorocha is a married man and his union is blessed with children. He tied the knot with Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha and they have 6 children (3 girls and 3 boys); Uloma Rochas Nwosu, Uju Rochas-Anwuka, Uchechi Rochas, Aham Rochas, Amen Rochas and Amam Rochas.
Rochas Okorocha Cars
Rochas Okorocha is a politician who knows how to spend his wealth on the good things of life including riding exotic cars. His car collection consists of Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Mercedes-Benz S600, a Mercedes-Benz Klassen V220, a Mercedes Benz AMG63, a Lexus LX 570 among other luxury cars.
Rolls Royce Phantom
Rolls Royce cars are a statement of class and luxury. The veteran Nigerian politician enjoys riding in his bespoke Rolls Royce Phantom made of high-quality materials fitted with modern infotainment features. This vehicle costs between 100-300 million depending on the customization.
Mercedes-Benz Klassen V220
An elegant car fit for a family ride is the Mercedes-Benz Klassen V220. With a 4Matic all-wheel drive, the car gives optimum efficiency plus standard protective features. This vehicle has a starting price of 60 million NGN.
Lexus LX 570
With a 5.7-litre V8 that generates 403 lb-ft of torque, Lexus LX 570 is one of the toughest models of the Lexus car brand. The car costs approximately N75 million.
Rochas Okorocha Private jet
In addition to his collection of cars, Rochas Okorocha also has private jets. This private jet, LearJet 45, is worth N700 million.
Rochas Okorocha Houses
Ex-governor Rochas Okorocha built himself a 1 billion NGN house decked with the best of interior decors. When President Buhari paid him a visit at his palatial mansion, he couldn’t hide his astonishment at the grandeur of the house. It was reported that the president asked him ‘Is this the governor’s house?’. Rochas Okorocha excitedly replied that the house belongs to him.
Rochas Okorocha has made a fortune for himself from his various business and political endeavours. He made a number of remarkable projects during his tenure as governor of Imo state.
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