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Christopher Oghenebrorie Okotie is a multi-talented Nigerian and the founder and General Overseer, the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos started in February 1987.

He is a Nigerian politician, POP music Artist, and author of the popular book titled “The Last Outcast.”

Chris Okotie was born on 16 June 1958 into the family of Cecilia and Francis Okotie in Ethiope-West, of Delta state, Nigeria. As a growing child, he always loved to sing.

His father Francis Okotie worked in Lagos as a civil servant so he attended Kirirkiri Primary School Lagos.

He finished his secondary school at Edo College, Benin City before proceeding to University of Nigeria Nsukka where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Law.

While growing up, he always had a passion for music which motivated him to join his school’s Music Club. It was his passion for music that forced him to leave schooling abruptly just to pursue his POP music career.

In 1980, Chris Okotie came into the lime light for his hit album as one of the most popular Nigerian hip-hop singer.

Okotie originally did not intend to commercialize his music career but he was compelled to do so after the death of his father. Chris Okotie left worldly music for Gospel Music as he writes and sings to worship God.

After he retired from his POP Music career, he attended Grace Fellowship Bible School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then he established the Household of God Ministry and became the General Overseer (GO) with over 5000 members in his congregation, among these are lots of Nigerian celebrities who are official members of his church.

In 2003, Chris Okotie deviated a little from his field of Music and his ecclesiastic ministry into politics as he ran for the Presidency under the banner of the Justice Party (JP).

He joined Justice Party after he was schemed out of the National Democratic Party (NDP) primaries elections; unfortunately he lost the General Election to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of the Peoples Democratic Party in the May 2003 elections.

In 2007, Chris Okotie founded the Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) and was also the party’s flag bearer for the 2007 Presidential elections; again he lost to the late President UmaruYar’Adua in the May 2007 elections.

He still did not allow himself to be deterred by his lost. In 2011, he contested again and lost to President Goodluck Jonathan.

His philanthropic work includes Karis Award programme, an annual charity event which usually take place at his church premises, the Household of God International Ministries, Lagos.

The Karis Award gives recognition and financial rewards to Nigerians who had offered distinguished service to the nation, and some recipients of this awards includes Prof. Chike Obi, the mathematician, D.I.G. Chris Omeben, a retired policeman, Mr. TaiwoAkinwunmi who designed the national flag, Hogan Bassey, former Commonwealth and World boxing champion, Chief Michael Imodou, the Labour leader, Chief Margaret Ekpo, nationalist and woman activist, Mallam Aminu Kano, nationalist and Isaac Adaka Boro, human rights activist (2005).

The Grace Program is yet another means through which he carries out his philanthropic work. This program makes regular cash and material contributions to charity organizations, some of the beneficiaries include; SOS Children Village, the Sunshine Foundation, Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted and Little Saints Orphanage, Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria, and The Childcare Trust.

Chris is a lover of cars, and he owns Rolls-Royce, Mercedes S600, Porsche, and Hummer. His hobbies include jogging, martial arts and music.

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