1. Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian pastor, politician, former chief of staff and secretary to the Edo state government.
He is the gubernatorial nominee of the Edo state People’s Democratic Party for the 2016 Edo state gubernatorial election. He was previously a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was the National vice-chairman, South-South Zone of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
He served as Director General of Adams Oshiomhole’s 2nd term Campaign Organisation. He was also the Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation. Recently, he was honoured by the Benson Idahosa University with an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration.
Osagie Ize-Iyamu was born in Benin City on the 21st day of June 1962. He was sired of Chief Robert Osayande Ize-Iyamu and Mrs. Magdalene Naghado Ize- Iyamu (née Obasohan), both of blessed memory. His father was a revered high chief of the Oba of Benin, ranking second in command until his demise as the Esogban of Benin. His mother was a trained teacher who later distinguished herself as a very successful trader.
Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a descendant of an illustrious family deeply rooted in nobility and with an outstanding record of service to the community and society. His forefather, Chief Odia was the Iyase’N’ohenmwen (Prime Minister) of Benin in the reign of Oba Osemwende (1816 – 1848 A.D). Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s maternal heritage is also of notable repute. His mother’s father was the well known Obasohan of Akpakpava.
The Ize-Iyamu family originated from the present day Iguododo in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State. The mother of Chief Izevbizua Iyamu, the Obahiagbon of Benin, Osagie’s grandfather was from Usen in Ovia South-West Local Government Area. Remarkably too, Osagie’s father’s mother, Igbinoghene Ize-Iyamu (née Ogiemwanre Obazuwaye) hailed from Ughoton, in Ovia North-East Local Government Area while her mother came from Ute in Ikpoba Okha. The Obasohan N’Akpakpava Family which is Osagie’s maternal family came from Erua of Igieduma Ward, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area.
It is pertinent to state that late Pa Obasohan, Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s maternal grandfather and the mother of His Majesty, Oba Erediauwa were first cousins. His mother’s maternal family is of the Oyeru Family of Oredo Local Government Area.
A most significant aspect of the history of the Ize-Iyamu family is that it holds the record of building and owning the first storey building “Egedege N’Okaro” in the whole of the Mid-Western Region, Nigeria which is the present day Edo and Delta States. It was built in 1906 by Osagie’s great grandfather Late Chief Iyamu, the Inneh of Benin Kingdom. It is in this revered historical house that Osagie Ize-Iyamu grew up under the shadows of inspiration.
He attended St. Joseph Primary School and Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School in Benin City. He had his Secondary education at Edo College the premier secondary school in Edo State and passed out with grade I in his West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. He attended the University of Benin where he graduated with an LLB (Hons) and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he bagged the Bachelor of Law (BL).
Osagie Ize-Iyamu is happily married to Pastor (Dr) Idia Ize-Iyamu, a Consultant Orthodontist with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in the University of Benin. They are blessed with four children.
2. Yemi Osinbajo
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo popularly known as Yemi Osinbajo is a famous Nigerian politician, pastor, lawyer, investor, entrepreneur, humanitarian and a philanthropist who currently served as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was born on 8th March 1957 in Creek Hospital, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria, to Mr. and Mrs. Opeoluwa Osinbajo. He is currently 61 years old.
He was sworn in as Nigerian Vice President since 29th May 2015 alongside with Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in as Nigerian President. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and was a Senior Partner with Simmons Cooper Partners, a commercial law practice firm until his inauguration as Nigerian Vice President on 29th May 2015. He is currently the most highly educated personality to emerge as Nigerian Vice President.
Yemi Osinbajo is currently married to Dolapo Osinbajo, who is the granddaughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. His marriage with Dolapo is currently blessed with three lovely children, comprising of two daughters namely Kiki Osinbajo and Kanyinsola Osinbajo and a son named Fiyinfoluwa Osibanjo.
Yemi Osinbajo completed his primary school education at Corona Primary School in Lagos, Nigeria, and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1975. After completing his primary school education, Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. While in Igbobi College, he was the winner of the State Merit Award in 1971.
He also won the School Prize for English Oratory in1972 and also won the Adeoba Prize for English Oratory in 1972 to 75. He also won the Elias Prize for Best Performance in History in the 1973 West African Senior School Certificate. He also won the School Prize for Literature in 1975 and African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize in 1974.
After completing his secondary school education, Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law with a Second Class Upper Division in 1978. While in the University of Lagos, he also won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law.
In 1979, he completed the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor at the Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Law.
From 1980, Yemi Osinbajo completed the compulsory one year national youth service, where he served as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority, in the old Bendel State, which is currently, the present Edo State, in the south southern part of Nigeria.
Yemi Osinbajo began lecturing as a junior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Lagos, at the age of 23 years old. In 1981, he was gainfully employed as a junior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From 1983 to 1986, he was promoted to senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Lagos. From 1988 to 1992, he was appointed as the Legal Adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola.
In 1997, Yemi Osinbajo was made a Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos. From 1999 to 2007, Yemi Osinbajo was appointed as the Member of Cabinet of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also known as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
In 2007, Yemi Osinbajo was made Senior Partner at Simmons Cooper Partners, a Barristers and Solicitors firm in Lagos, Nigeria. Yemi Osinbajo was also the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria before his inauguration into office, as the Vice President of Nigeria on 29th May 2015. However, during an interview, he insists that he still remains the pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 48, of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, and that he is only on loan to the Federal Government of Nigeria and will go back to his pastoral ministration after completing his tenure as Nigerian Vice President.
In 2013, Yemi Osinbajo joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) after it was newly formed and was active in the campaign for the promotion of the party. On 17th December 2014, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari announced Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
On 31st March 2015, Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo were confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 2015 presidential elections. On 29th May 2015, Yemi Osinbajo was sworn in as the Vice President of Nigeria alongside with Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in as the President of Nigeria.
3. Chris Okotie
Chris Okotie is a Nigerian politician, televangelist, Pastor, and author.
Born on 16 June, 1958 in Ethiope-West, Delta State (then Bendel State), Chris Okotie has been serving as the pastor of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation located in Lagos, Nigeria since February 1987. Unlikely for a man who made his first success as a popular pop musician in the 1980s, Okotie decided to leave singing for preaching and make an abundant wealth on the way.
By the end of the decade, he embraced the bible and established the Household of God Church, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant congregations. Today, Okotie’s church has around 5,000 members, which predominantly include Nollywood celebrities, musicians and society people. Also active in politics, Chris Okotie contested and lost Nigerian presidential elections for a second time in 2007 under the Fresh Party, a political party he founded and funds.
4. Tunde Bakare
Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian pastor, politician and the founder/serving overseer of The Latter Rain Assembly. He is among the few Nigerian pastors that participate in policies and was in fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 Nigerian presidential election. He also announced that he’d be contesting for presidency in 2023, after the expiration of Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
Tunde Bakare was born on the 11th of November, 1954 to the family of Late Pa Sanni Adekunle Bakare and Abigail Eebudola Bakare in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria). Though born into a Muslim family, Tunde converted to Christainity in September 1974 after encountering the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bakare had his primary education at All Saints Primary School, Kemta, Abeokuta, after which he enrolled at the Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta for his secondary education. In 1977, he gained admission to study Law at the prestigious University of Lagos (UniLag), graduating in 1980. He proceeded for his compulsory NYSC program, after which he was called to the bar in 1981.
He was in 1996, honored with a Doctor of Ministry degree by the Indiana Christian University in recognition of his years of exploits and global impact in the ministry.
Tunde Bakare is a renowned lawyer, pastor and politician. He established his own law firm Tunde Bakare & Co (El-Shaddai Chambers) in October 1984.
In May 1988, Tunde was called into ministry and started serving God at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He in fact, pioneered the 1st Model parish of the church. He subsequently founded The Latter Rain Assembly (End-Time Church), where he is currently serving as the Overseer.
Dr. Bakare currently presides over Global Apostolic Impact Network (GAIN), a network of churches, ministries and kingdom businesses committed to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. He also serves as the President of Latter Rain Ministries, Inc. (Church Development Center) in Atlanta, GA, USA.
He is also the founder of the International Centre for Reconstruction and Development (ICRD) and convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG).
Dr. Tunde Bakare is also very active in politics and was Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 Nigerian presidential election on the platform of The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He announced that he’d be running for presidency in 2023, after the expiration of Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
Dr Tunde Bakare established The Family Heritage Foundation as a way of giving back to humanity. The foundation is focused on giving scholarships to the less privileged students both within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
5. Lauretta Onochie
Lauretta Onochie is a popular Nigerian civil educator, government worker, and pastor. She is the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, the current president of Nigeria. She is the special assistant to President Buhari on social media and an ordained pastor.
She is a mother and a grandmother and her family and children live in England.
Lauretta prefers palm wine to any other beer and she belongs to a drinking club, Palm Wine Drinkers Club.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Lauretta Onochie as one of his media aides to occupy the position of the national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Mrs. Lauretta Onochie was once a member of the Umu Anioma Foundation until she resigned in 2012. She later teamed up with Elder Emeka Esogbue, Nigerian journalist and historian, Gloria Adagbon, and Emmanuel Nwaokolo to establish the Ndi Anioma Group of Nigeria.
Lauretta Onochie was born in the late ’60s. She is from Anioma, the igbo speaking part of Delta state. The community is surrounded by Enuani, Ukwuani, Ndokwa, Ika, and Oshimili/Aniocha, all in Delta State.
She grew up in Calabar and had most of her early life there, as she spent 18 years of her life in the state.
She attended primary and secondary schools in Calabar and completed at the University of Calabar where she read elementary education. To further her education, she moved to the University of Benin where she read Business Education. She later moved outside Nigeria for her post-graduate studies at the University of Greenwich. There she earned a postgraduate degree in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), a professional teacher education program that qualifies a person to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector.
From 2005 till 2011, Lauretta Onochie taught at New City College – Epping Forest Campus. From there she moved to become a consultant for AfricaFirst, till she was appointed the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.