Linus Okorie

As 2019 draws closer, the election arena gets hotter, with more youth showing interest in political positions. And in Imo state the same scenario is also playing out. The contenders for Governor Okorocha’s seat are many and some have great prospects, but chief among them is Linus Chinedu Okorie, popularly known as Linus Okorie. He is an astute man with very intimidating educational background, the 44 year old is the Managing Consultant of New Vision Consults, a world class leadership consulting firm he founded in 2007, which thrives in advising and training top level civil servants, government officials, military and paramilitary as well as the private sector. He is the West African Representative of Adair International, United Kingdom , also author of “Footprints; Leading Beyond Today” and the President and Founder of Guardians of The Nation International (GTNI), a non-profit leadership development organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria. Born on 30 April 1974, Linus Okorie doubles as a conference and motivational speaker and regular guest on various Print, TV and Radio platforms. He is also the TV Host of “Leadership Clinic” where he has handled intricate topics about leadership. With this pedigree from such a gubernatorial candidate, one can safely say that Rochas Okorocha’s job is on the line in Imo State.


Linus Okorie who hails from Oguta LGA in Imo State, was born and raised in Kumba town in Cameroun, where he had his primary education and then attended Government Secondary School Owerri where he was the Senior Prefect of his set. Going further to study History and International Relations at Imo State University, Owerri, where he had his first taste of politics as the first elected Student’s Union President.  He started GOTNI as a university student and after his NYSC at the National Assembly Abuja, he enrolled at Lagos Business School where he became the Research and Executive Assistant to Prof Pat Utomi. In his quest for more education he currently holds a Master’s Degree on Organisational Leadership from Regent University, USA. And is also an Alumnus of International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), a member of the Third World Leadership Association (TWLA), based in the Bahamas with the late Dr. Myles Munroe as Chairman. Linus is also a board member, Imo State University Alumni. He was an Assistant Secretary, Senate Committee on Integration in Africa and National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review (2002), respectively. Linus Okorie has graced many live conferences, radio and television platforms across Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA as guest speaker, trainer and advisor. He is married to Nkiru with whom he has two daughters Ebubechukwu, Chimamaka and a son Chukwuebuka.

Linus Okorie declared his gubernatorial ambition in 2017, and in 2018 Linus Okorie unveiled his logo for the Imo 2019 gubernatorial race. The colorful logo which depicts an abstract of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumnus is built around the concept of “Imo Nkeanyi” which means “Our Imo” and serves as a symbol of the shared aspirations of Imo people for better governance. This symbol would serve as the flagship grassroots mobilization movement of Linus Okorie’s gubernatorial aspiration. His trademark slogan “From Sincerity 1999 to Prosperity 2019, is meant to help galvanise Imo State indigenes into endorsing him as the best candidate for the state. With Linus’ achievements with GOTNI, which has developed 15 leadership brands to train and nurture youths, elected officials and the general public on effective leadership skills and values. Linus Okorie has carved a niche as an authority in Leadership Development and will definitely impact Imo State with his experience in Leadership. The misguided and directionless leadership of Governor Okorocha is enough to get any right thinking Imo State indigene on his toes, armed with his PVC and ready for a change to Prosperity in 2019.

In an interview which he granted a journalist Henry Akuniro, where he was asked if he wants to govern Imo State, he stated that “I have been having pressures since 2015, to run for the governorship of the state, from people from all over the world, who think I can make a difference in my state; but I didn’t think 2015 was the right time. The pressures have continued even further. Right now, I am searching my soul, having a lot of conversations, trying to know which way to go. I am positioning my mind-set, asking the question whether it is time to galvanize the gifts and talents God has given me in various commitments and experiences in new thinking to see whether we can bring it to add value to the state. At the appropriate time, the world will hear my decision on this particular matter”.

Also when asked about the readiness of youths to contest for and win elections and how he intends to break the jinx he says “I am not making any promises now. The point I am trying to make is that, if, for the 24 years of my life, I have committed in investing in the next generation of leaders, it means I have seen the future; I have seen the possibilities. There are many young people in this country who, despite the harsh environment, have pushed themselves beyond boundaries and have succeeded, gaining national and international recognitions. In 2014, the American government nominated me for honours in the US, based on the work I was doing in Nigeria basically. If I could take an idea from Imo State University, Owerri, that was unknown, and the idea is still standing strong over the years and is globally relevant, and the impact could be felt nationally too, and people have found directions from what I do, and I mentored thousands across Nigeria, I don’t see why I can’t be given the mantle.

I have my mentees from all over the world. Probably, we have talked enough; it is time to practicalize some of these things. Politics is a game of numbers, so what is important is the ability of young people to be prepared. I don’t believe you give a young man a post because he is asking for it. No! Anybody who wants to dine with the kings should be able to wash his hands well. The truth of the matter is that I have paid my dues for 24 years, and have had an uncommon experience. I have interacted with all the big people in the country in different spheres, and I have developed my mind and acquired certifications based on leadership development. I have prepared myself for any task. I can say I am more than qualified to run for the president of this country. If I am the president of this country, I know I will turn things around. There is a misconception that if you have money, you can take the leadership of this country. We must shift our mentality from that kind of notion. What we are looking for are visionary leaders who come with the commitment for the common good”.

Strong words of conviction from a very intelligent and result-driven man. WakeUpAfrica however conducted a brief check from some indigenes of Imo State on several platforms, and it seems that Linus Okorie is not very popular among the lower class. The masses who ordinarily should be canvassing for him, know little or nothing about him. Would it be safe to say that Mr Okorie is only popular among the elites of Imo State? And can only this class of people deliver the state to Linus? This is enough food for thought for the ‘Imo Nkeanyi’ agenda?


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