Biography, wikipedia, age, net worth, and ministry of the Rev. Chris Okotie
Nigerian televangelist Christopher Oghenebrorie Okotie was born on June 16, 1958. Since February 1987, he has served as pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos.
Okotie was born in Ethiopia-West, in Delta State (formerly Bendel State), to Francis Idje and Cecilia Okotie. He always enjoyed singing, ever since he was a little child. He participated in the school’s music club while attending secondary school at Edo College in Benin City, where he frequently provided entertainment for audiences. Before his father’s passing during his first year of college, he never gave the idea of using his talent any thought. He enjoys martial arts, music, and running.
Education and career
He attended Edo College in Benin City for his secondary education. He earned a law degree from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka in 1984. Okotie briefly left school to seek a career in pop music before abruptly coming back. On June 24, 2012, Okotie announced his separation from his second wife. He has been married twice.
He went back to school to finish his degree and received a legal degree. He again took a break from his studies when he enrolled in law school to start his religious activities. Okotie graduated from the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Grace Fellowship Bible School and soon after founded the Household of God Ministry.
Pastor Okotie opposed the idea of using a face shield, claiming it would be a reversal of the veil that was broken on the day Christ died and would thus create a separation between men and God. The Nigerian government announced the reopening of churches in August 2020 but required members to put on their nose masks or face shields.
Grace programme/Karis Award
The GRACE Program/ Karis Award is an annual charity event hosted at the church where he pastors; The HouseHold of God International Ministries, Lagos. The guiding philosophy being that greatness does not consist in being great but in the ability to make others great. The Karis Award gives recognition to, while financially rewarding Nigerians who had offered distinguished service to the nation, but are not recognized nor rewarded for their contributions to the nation building. Some recipients are, Prof. Chike Obi, the mathematician (1996), D.I.G. Chris Omeben, a retired policeman (1997), Mr. Taiwo Akinwunmi who designed the national flag (1998), Hogan Bassey, former Commonwealth and World boxing champion (1999), Chief Michael Imodou, the Labour leader (2000), Chief Margaret Ekpo (2001), nationalist and woman activist, Mallam Aminu Kano, nationalist (2004)and Isaac Adaka Boro, human rights activist (2005).
The GRACE Program also makes regular cash and material contributions to charity organizations such as the 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.
His net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $3–10 million in 2011.
After being cheated out of the National Democratic Party (NDP) primary elections, Okotie first campaigned for president under the banner of the Justice Party (JP), led by Ralph Obiorah; he lost to Olusegun Obasanjo in the May 2003 elections. In the May 2007 elections, he campaigned once more on the platform of the Fresh Democratic Party, which he created, but was defeated by Umaru Yar’Adua. He then sought office in 2011, but was defeated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Okotie and fellow Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua got into a public argument, with Okotie calling Joshua a “deceptive magician.”
Okotie is a frequent contributor to numerous Nigerian newspapers and the author of several books.
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