In This Biography
Great Ovedje Ogboru Biography, Career, Networth, Wife, Party, Networth.
QUICK DATA ON GREAT OVEDJE OGBORU
- FULL NAMES: Great Ovedje Ogboru
- NATIONALITY: Nigerian
- DATE OF BIRTH: April 10, 1958
- STATE OF ORIGIN: Delta State
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Portharcourt
- WIFE: Mrs. Stella EbiOgboru
- CHILDREN: 4 Children – Michael Ogboro is the eldest son.
- NETWORTH: $10m
Great Ovedje Ogboru is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was the gubernatorial aspirant for Alliance of Democracy, Democratic Peoples’ Party, and Labour Party in the 2003, 2007, and 2015 Delta State governorship elections.
Born in Port Harcourt to a father whose hometown was Abraka and a mother from Umukwata, Ogboru received early education at Municipal Primary School, Port Harcourt but left the city to continue studies at a primary school in Abraka, and finished primary education at Oharisi Primary School, Ughelli. He attended a government college secondary school from 1971 – 1975, shortly after, he served as a teacher, and while working, he obtained an external advanced level certificate in 1980. After teaching for four years, he was employed as a marketing officer in a fishing company in Lagos. Three years later, he left the fishing firm to found his own private fishing business, Fiogret Ltd which later grew and expanded to a few other African countries. At the time he was involved in the fishing business, he expanded to other ventures including a Warri-based furniture company and finance and Bureau de Change.
In April 1990, Ogboru was indicted in the failed coup attempt of Gideon Orkar, he fled the country through the Seme border with the aid of his brother, Turner Ogboru. The military administration subsequently detained Turner and harassed Ogboru’s siblings and did not discourage the looting of his properties by soldiers. Ogboru initially fled to London but later moved to Angola and Namibia.
Great Ovedje Ogboru’s Wife and Family
POPULARLY called ‘The Peoples General’ by his political followers and even a great many of his opponents for his principled stance against bad governance, Chief Great OvedjeOgboru is a business and political leadership icon to many. A Christian, Ogboruis married to Stella EbiOgboru, a virtuous Ijaw amazon. They have four children.
In 1984, he was employed as a marketing officer in a fishing company in Lagos. In 1987, he left the fishing firm to start up his own private fishing business, Fiogret Ltd, which later grew and expanded to some other African countries. At the time he was involved in the fishing business, he ventured into other businesses which included a Warri-based furniture company and Bureau de Change.
Great Ogboru returned to Nigeria in June 2000 and joined the democratic process with the establishment of the South-South Rainbow Coalition (SSRC). He established himself as a viable opposition candidate to Delta‘s governor, James Ibori under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the year 2003 and contested the governorship elections in Delta State in 2003. In the 2007 election, Ogboru contested for governorship under the flag of the Democracy People Party (DPP) against Emmanuel Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Emmanuel Uduagha again in the 2011 election though he contested under the umbrella of the Labour Party In the 2015 Delta State governorship election, Great Ogboru contested for governorship under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress (APC). He was defeated by Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In the 2019 governorship election of Delta State, Ogboru under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress (APC) but lost to Ifeanyi Okowa
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