The dawn of 24th June, 1977 witnessed the emergence of Barrister Okoli Gozie Raymond, all thanks to nature and nurture. Counsel Gozie popularly known as “Oyi” was the last child in a family of seven and as he navigated into existence, hails from Umunkwa awor Ifite, Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government of Anambra State. He is happily married and the fruitful union is blessed with three children.
Education, they say is the key. The young Raymond whose bedrock seemed rooted in wealth of knowledge got enrolled in Union Primary School Ifite Oraifite and obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1990. His excellent grades skyrocketed him into the Oraifite Boys High School (1990-1996). His intellectual prowess placed him far above his contemporary and that metamorphosed his admittance into Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Esut) where he bagged a degree in L. L. B (1997-2001) That birthed his admission into Nigerian Law school Abuja in 2002 and was called to Nigerian Law in 2003.
Thereinafter, in obedience to the clarion call and service to fatherland, the amiable learned friend proceeded to Ondo state for the mandatory one year NYSC and was placed under the Nigerian Legal Aid council for his primary assignment.
At present, the erudite scholar is pursuing his Masters Degree on International Relations in Pace University, Chicago with 2018 in view as expected year of graduation.
After successful completion of the NYSC assignment at the Nigerian Legal Aid Council, Barrister Raymond in search of greener pasture got himself attached with Amobi Nzelu’s Chambers at Banex Plaza Wuse Zone 2, Abuja for about two years in active practice.
He worked in different private & commercial companies which include: Ucabing Agency, Bronx NY (Manager) October 2016-Present, Grook Abuja Nigeria (Associate Partner) August 2009-October 2016, Citizens for good government (National Legal Adviser) February 2008-February 2009, United Trust Assurance Company (Claims and legal unit) March 2003-January 2008. Also, he was the legal adviser to Oasel group of companies in Abuja (2006-2010), Michael Hammond company Abuja (2006-2007), United life assurance company in Lagos (2004-2006)
He is a known reputable APGA Stalwart since year 2012-present. He was a former PDP Aspirant alongside Hon. Afam Obi for Anambra State House of Assembly but was denied the ticket. His landmark achievements stemmed from been very dedicated to the growth of APGA political platform especially on areas of working with Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB). His contributory quota to developmental stellar structure under the supervision of Asubeb as contractors include:
*1) Constructed 5 class rooms at Oraifite Girls secondary school in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.*
*2) VIP toilet at Awor community primary school Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.*
*3) Construction of 4 class rooms at LA primary Ibolo.*
*4) Renovation of 5 class rooms at Girls secondary school Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.*
*5) Construction of 5 class rooms at ObereOgo school at Umudim Nnewi.*
*6) Renovation of 4 class rooms at Orsumoghu Community Secondary school.*
*7) Construction of 4 class rooms at Comprehensive secondary school Nkpor.*
The erudite scholar has been a great youth mobilizer who has help build and maintain strong relationships between the Anambra State Government and her citizens through proper research based activities that would aid targeted communication, thereby bringing satisfaction to the citizens as well as its targeted dividends of democracy.
His immense contributions to moving APGA political platform forward by funding APGA activities especially in Ekwusigo LGA is second to none. He believes in the dividends of democracy.
*Barrister Gozie Okoli* is a great Philanthropist, little wonder he is endeared to the hearts of many as his large heart is made bare for all to see. Humility personified and good natured while wisdom flows whenever he exhibits his oratory prowess. He has numerous awards and recognitions to his accolades.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
• International Criminal Justice Award from Pace University New York. 28th Oct, 2017.
• Best Worker of the Year 2017, Morgan Stanley Co. New York.
• Anambra State Ministry of Youth & Empowerment Award, February 2014.
• Youth Empowerment Award from Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, June 2013.
• Rotary International Community Residential Aid Award, Australia National Convention. May 2011.
• Best Resource Person on Fish Productions: Ekiti state Government, 2008.
• All Christian Fellowship Award on Bible Diction Competition August 2000
• Best student on Law of Evidence: Esut, 2nd October 1999. Just to mention but a few.
It is believed that the fruit of the pudding lies in the onus, let’s unfold a stellar structure that would be a significant upgrade in deep-seated participation in all levels of the process. Ekwusigo, Nnewi South and Nnewi North Federal Constituency, please let us support this great philanthropist, a youth with great humility as simple as you can imagine.
Men of goodwill, we present to us, Barrister Okoli Gozie Raymond to represent us at the green chambers. He has declared his interest to contest for *Nnewi North and South, Ekwusigo Federal Constituency* under APGA platform for a true representation of the people. Days of apathy are truly over.