American Man, Godwyn Akabogu reveals Rochas Okorocha’s best kept secret

Gbenga Dan Asabe of Asabeafrika with Mr. Godwyn Akabogu aka American Bobo
Meeting Godwyn Akabogu was a miracle. I never
taught I could have an attention with this Pennsylvania,
United State of America based
International business man and politician until a close mother figure in
Nigeria advised me to meet him at a 3 star hotel where he took residence during
his short holiday to Nigeria. I got the first call from him on Monday May 2nd
(2016) which was a Public Holiday in Nigeria, giving me an instant appointment
to meet him at his hotel suite “Gbenga, I will like to speak with you over
certain issues in my state. I learnt you are a blogger” he confirmed on phone. But
other pressing issues of the day denied me the opportunity to meet him.  The next day, I got a call from his wife in Pennsylvania. She has been a close
family friend of over 15 years but I never knew the man calling me was her
husband. She used to have a pretty daughter attending Covenant University in Ota,
Ogun State until few years ago when she relocated with her kids to join her
husband at the United States of America.
She subtly ordered me to meet the man “He is my husband and he has something to
tell you. Feel free to meet him” she urged me with an enthusiastic charm that
can be felt on the phone. An hour later I was in his hotel lobby but he was
out. I put a call to his mobile phone and he returned under ten minutes. He
quickly led me to his room in company of a friend, Jolly Obozuwa (A former Editor with Concord Newspaper). 

After a
little merriment, he sauntered into a long discussion which centered on his
background as an old foot soldier of Owele
Anayo Rochas Okorocha
the Igbo
philanthropist who later became Governor of Imo State (South-East Nigeria) He told me so many good, great and
glitter things about the Owele’s
Political vision for the Igbos and
Nigeria. However, Akabogu who is
famously known as “American Bobo” suddenly became angry. He showed it in is
narration. Akabogu who recently took
a tour of Imo, his state of birth
during his one month stay in Nigeria is very angry that his kinsmen are not
grateful to Owele Anayo Rochas Okorocha
for his constant reforms. It was at this junction I discovered that Godwyn Akabogu has series of issues
burning under his belly. We later took him on at the Swimming Side of the 3
star hotel and he revealed so many secrets you will never find anywhere about Anayo Rochas Okorocha. He indeed, had a story to tell about the political
journey of a man he claims to be his political mentor. His decision which is
born out of the need ‘to say the truth and die’ showed a great deal of the
American streak in this Nkwere, Imo State born business man. Enjoy the excerpts
only on your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabbeafrika to Asabeafrika…’Rochas Okorocha had to go for close family after he was roundly disappointed by others’
Tell us about your humble self and
what are you doing in Nigeria?
Yes, my full
names are Godwyn Akabogu aka “American
I live in the United States of America
(Pennsylvania). I have been away for more than 13 years running right now. I
have been coming and going out of Nigeria for a very long time. But I have not
had the opportunity of really spending time in my village and taking time
actually to go round the state (Imo State). But when I came in this time, in
April, because of the project I am handling back at home, I spent four good
solid weeks in my own village, Nkwere in Nkwere LGA, that is where
I come from and that afforded me the opportunity of traveling the length and
breadth of Imo State and I discovered the incumbent governor of the state
has done so many new things for that state.
“I can describe Anayo Rochas Okorocha in my own way as a lion with four AK-47 guns;
two in the front and two at the back.  I
hope you know what a lion is? When you see a lion, you will not stand in its
way. Not to talk of a lion with four AK-47 guns”.  

Gov Rochas Okorocha

Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika..’Ojukwu blessed Rochas Okorocha before us on two different occassions’
Tell us more about your relationship
with the Imo State Governor?
Owelle Anayo Rochas
before speaking further) has been a great leader. I met him about sixteen years
ago. I came in contact with him during his tribulation at the National Assembly. I was attracted to
him because of the kind of political message he had for the Ibo man. I equally
appreciate his mission for the Igbos as well. During that period I
was equally vying for the chairmanship slot of my Local Government Area that is
. I got involved with him during the time he had People’s
which was his own political umbrella, political structure and
political platform that took him to stardom. We were managing all these things
together but when he started flying the national flag of going for presidency
that was when I absconded because I was very interested in going for my Local
Government Area and the state in particular. That was where we parted ways; but
the little knowledge of politics that I have today, I can tell you, I learnt
from Rochas Anayo Okorocha’s political
school. So, for those of them who actually know who Rochas is, it is easy for you to say ‘Rochas is my friend, Rochas
is my this and that’ but if you want to be Rochas,
you must be Rochas by heart not just
Rochas by mouth. You should be able
to go through his political tutelage for you to actually understand who Rochas Anayo Okorocha is.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’I got my Political tutelage from the loyus feet of Owele Rochas Okorocha’
The man, Owele Rochas Okorocha by
Godwyn Akabogu…
So, who is Owele Rochas Anayo
I can
describe Anayo Rochas Okorocha in my
own way as a lion with four AK-47
guns; two in the front and two at the back.  I hope you know what a lion is? When you see a
lion, you will not stand in its way. Not to talk of a lion with four AK-47
guns.   Rochas is unbeatable if you really get to know who he is, he is a
grass root man, he is a philanthropist he is more than what people think he is.
I repeat, he is more than what people think he is but you need to get closer
for you to understand who Rochas
“My son, my son, the more I see you
grow up the more I go down because I have seen somebody that will take the
mantle of leadership from me and take it across the country”

Orji Uzor Kalu

But majority of Nigerians are
beginning to think that Rochas Okorocha is too ambitious. Some think he wants
to become the leader of the Igbo race while others think he want to be a leader
of Nigeria, which one do you think is his ambition? 

You see,
people don’t even understand who he is; to start with, my people, Imo
state people, I will tell you without missing words that they are wicked and
unfair to Rochas Okorocha’s administration. To what he has done in Imo
today, they are unfair to him.
How do you mean, did you notice
anything bad about his image?
Yes I did.
You see, for the first time, I challenge every Imo sons and daughter;
let that person come out and show me, since the inception of Imo
, a singular government that has outperformed Rochas Anayo Okorocha in four years.
Are you saying people like Achike Udenwa
who brought Mr. Biggs to Owerri and Ikedi Ohakim didn’t do anything for the
See, all
those people you just mentioned did their own quota but whatever thing they did
is nowhere to be compared with what Anayo Okorocha has done for the past
four years. What Achike Udenwa did
in 8 years, Rochas Anayo Okorocha
surpassed it in four years.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Imo Contractors cheat their governor on contracts awarded to them’
But a lot of people say Rochas is not
working but just on a political hoodwinking?
No, those
who feel that Rochas is not working
are charlatans. I can stay here and tell you authoritatively that Rochas Anayo Okorocha has performed
tremendously well.
Rochas is the anointed Igbo Leader…
So, why are his works not been
laundered properly, why do people think he is more of a political gambler?
No, he is
not about political gambling. For the past one month I have travelled the
length and breadth of Imo State, the projects Okorocha has done speaks
for itself. You will see all the projects Okorocha
achieved and you will discover that all these things speak for themselves. Are
you talking about roads? Are you talking about the schools he renovated, I
mean, where would you start to access him? Then, cast your mind back to the
previous administrations, what do they have to show for their governance? Both Ikedi Ohakim and Achike Udenwa even Sam Mbakwe. And my pain is this; what the Igbo sons and daughters do not
understand is that, Rochas is the
anointed son of the late Ikemba Ojukwu.
I refuse to believe you on that note,
how do you say Okorocha is Ojukwu’s anointed son when in actual fact, Ojukwu seems
to have blessed Peter Obi of Anambra in his last hour on earth?
Peter Obi is
a later arrangement.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Imo People are very ungrateful to Owele Rochas Okorocha’
Can you explain better, sir?
I will give
you a story. Far back in the year 2000 that was in Rochas Okorocha’s home in Abuja, I have been away for some time, I
can’t remember the street we have that property again. But the story is there;
during that meeting, there was Sam Mbakwe, there was Ezeife, there was Ojelu Igbo Ozi and there
was Dim
Chukwemeka Ojukwu
in attendance. Then you have the errand boys that
were serving him then, people like myself, people like the present Chief of
Staff, Uche Nwosu, people like Ogueri
, people like Shyna Iwuanyawu, people like Ideato
…all these guys were in this meeting. And then, after Owelle
Okorocha finished addressing these Igbo leaders inside his
living room, Ojukwu said “My son, my
son, after listening to your speech, I now realized I shouldn’t have gone to
What did Ojukwu mean by that
Ojukwu said instead of war-war we would have
jaw-jaw. Ojukwu said instead of us going to war after his people were challenged,
that he would have negotiated the problems of the Igbos and the Nigerians
on a round table discussion.
You mean Ojukwu was referring to
Anayo Rochas Okorocha as a more visionary leader than himself?
Exactly; he
didn’t stop there, the Abuja meeting was the first encounter and I was there
with all the personalities I mentioned. Some of them are still alive. They are
still well alive and healthy. 
“They are wicked and they are unfair
to Anayo Rochas Okorocha. This is a
man who gave them free education; he gave them different kinds of
infrastructural development, roads and lot of transformation. I saw this
myself; it is not like hearsay”
Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Ojukwu confirmed before his death that Owele
Anayo Rochas Okorocha is the next leader of the Igbo race’
How Ojukwu anointed Rochas Okorocha…
What did Owele said that made Ojukwu
to confirm on him such a benevolence statement of appreciation?
He took Ojukwu
down the memory lane and explained to him how it is easier to be a bridge
between the east, the west and the north without going to war. He gave him an
analytic precedent on how the Igbos could have consolidated their
genius without fighting a war and that made Ojukwu to acknowledge that, the young man was superior in
intellectual prowess. However, the most inspiring one, which is the second
encounter between Ojukwu and Owele Rochas Okorocha is the one which
crowned it up and told us why Okorocha
is the anointed and ordained Igbo leader
of the Igbos. It was Ojukwu himself that said it, I will
never cook such a sublime story up, the pictures are there; the people who
covered that event at Aspanda in Lagos in 2001 are still alive. That is after
the Abuja
meeting. This meeting at Aspanda was convened by Eze
of Lagos, Chief Ohazulike. At that meeting, Ojukwu
and some other prominent Igbo leaders were there. Anayo Rochas Okorocha was there. It was Anayo Rochas Okorocha
that introduced Ojukwu to the podium after giving an inspiring speech. After
that inspiring speech, Ojukwu took the microphone, turned
and looked at him; he said “My son, my
son, the more I see you grow up, the more I go down”

Late Odumegwu Ojukwu


You mean Nkemba Nnewi said that to
Owelle Rochas Okorocha?
I repeat, Ojukwu
said, ‘My son, my son, the more I see you
grow up, the more I go
down’. Do
you know the irony of the whole thing? The Bible says “The power of death and life is in the tongue and those that love it
shall eat the fruit thereof”
18 verse
21). Ojukwu
made those prophetic utterances and lo and behold, by the year 2011, Rochas became the Governor of Imo
and by the following year, Ikemba died. What do you call that? “My son, my son, the more I see you grow up
the more I go down because I have seen somebody that will take the mantle of
leadership from me and take it across the country”
that was the anointed
moment. That was the inspiring moment. He spoke it and the heavens consolidated
it and when this man took the mantle of leadership in Imo State, Ojukwu went to rest. So, I can
authoritatively tell you today that Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha is the
anointed son and the leader for the new dream. He may not remember all these
other things I am saying here. Ever since he became the Governor of Imo
, I have not sighted him, I have not been to him I have not done
anything with him.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Rochas Okorocha is a Lion with 4 Ak-47 across his back and front’
You mean Ojukwu anointed Rochas
Okorocha and not Peter Obi like many people taught?  Peter Obi was seen to have catered for Ojukwu
even up to the grave during his dying moment
You know
what? He (Peter Obi) can afford to do all that because he rode on Ojukwu’s back. Peter Obi became the Governor on the back of Ikemba Nnewi. Hitherto, before that time, nobody knows who Peter Obi was. So, he rose on Ikemba’s back. But Ikemba, being a political juggernaut that he is, he knew who will
take the Ibos to the Promised Land
and all the statements I just mentioned to you now are subject to verification.
The people that recorded the video of the event at Aspanda are alive and
they can produce that video. Anayo
Okorocha himself might
not even remember all these statements, he may not remember all these other
things I am tracing their history right now. But the history is there to speak
for itself; they will listen to Ikemba’s speech himself at Aspanda
because all those things were noted.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Rochas Okorocha opened our eyes to so many things’
Imo People are wicked
So, why did you say Imo People are a
wicked lot?
They are
wicked and they are unfair to Anayo Rochas Okorocha. This is a man
who gave them free education; he gave them different kinds of infrastructural
development, roads and lot of transformation. I saw this myself; it is not like
hearsay. At the end of the day, why won’t you give honor to he whom honor is
due? Why don’t you give credit to whom credit is due? There is a saying in my
local dialect, it says “Ekele Onye akidi
na ke ogworo, ya gwota kwa ozo”
which means “when you thank the person that prepared green beans for you, he would
be energized to prepare another dish for you”.
At Imo State what are they
saying? Their slogan is this “Government
of the family, by the family and for the family”
So, why did they tag Owele with such
a bad nomenclature? Do you think they are wrong?
wrong; you know why? Because this is a man that comes with good intention, he
will show them his inner hand but they will show him their back hand. You know
how they do it?
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’The Ibos must learn how to give honor to whom honor is due’
I don’t know.
When they
are seeking for contract, for job from the government, they will come on a 3D
format to show him the vision; ‘sir, this
is what we think will be good for Imo State’
and stuff like that and the
man, being a person who wants the best for his state, he will now buy the idea
and say ‘ok, come and do this for my
state, do it for my people’
and lo and behold, the contract is given out,
signed and sealed. Then, when it is time to perform the contract, they now do
abracadabra. They will give him what he never bargained for; not one time, not
two times, not three times. it is like the more you look, the less you see and
when you ask them, you know what they say, that ‘he thinks he knows too much and when he thinks he knows too much, this
is the best way for us to handle him’
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika…’Those condemning Rochas Okorocha are only cursing themselves’
Don’t you think that is the black man
syndrome, beyond the evil of Imo people?
Well, you
see, it supposed not be that way. When you present something, from the society
where I am coming from (America), if you say it is white, it is going to remain
white. Till thy kingdom come, the records are there to speak for themselves.
When you now present white and then bring black, it becomes fraud. And when this
guy (Rochas), they disappointed him roundly, he now resulted to using close
associates and family members he could trust and that is where they tagged him
a “Government of the family by the family and for the family”. Because there is
no other person he can fall back to, there is no other person he can rely on. So,
we need to call a spade a spade and lay it bare the way it is.
Do you think Rochas Okorocha is a
good leader? Some see him as President of the Igbo nation but he seems to see
himself as a national leader. Do you think he is one?
See, I don’t
know the dream he has right now, but what I can tell you is this, if not Rochas
Anayo Okorocha
for President from the Igbo land, who else?
Mr. Godwyn Akabogu
But we have the likes of Orji Uzor
Kalu and even Peter Obi?
We can have
all these people but who has what it takes to be able to lead across the divide?
That is what we have to consider. Even before he became Governor, he has
deepened himself in several philanthropically benevolent acts across the Niger;
he was a giver and a repairer of destiny. A visioneer, a dreamer, and that was
why Ojukwu
said if he had known, he wouldn’t have gone to war with Nigeria to register the
grief of the Igbo man. Listen, I have had the opportunity of working with Senator
Hope Uzodinma
, I had the opportunity of working with the political camp
of Honorable
Emeka Ihedioha
, I had the opportunity of working with the political
camp of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume and even with the political camp of Martins
, I can authoritatively tell you right here, with all these
political gladiators from Imo state, none of them can be
compared to Rochas Anayo Okorocha in terms of every
other things put together. In all ramifications, they are no match, they are no
equal. So, none of them has what it takes to be able to take the Igbos
to the promised land, to even take Imo State to a higher land. I can
authoritatively tell you that. So, it is better we start now, to give honor to
whom honor is due and then begin to give praise to whom praise is do. And then,
what the Imo people don’t understand is that the more they curse Rochas
the more they attract curses to the state. I am a born again Christian, it is a
situation of ‘Touch not my anointed and
do my prophet no harm’
. The Imo people
have to be warned. They must be warned. They should handle Anayo Rochas Okorocha
with care. With every amount of care; that is an anointed and ordained son. So,
everybody should be careful the way he utters his or her words towards that our
Are you saying Anayo Rochas Okorocha
is the last Prophet after Chukwuemeka Ojukwu?  
He cannot be
the last but he is one of the promising vessels, the most prominent promising
vessel that can link Igbos to the rest of the country. 
The GDA with Mr. Godwyn Akabogu after the encounter
(Read the
next Part of the Godwyn Akabogu Exclusive titled “Why America is greater than
Nigeria” on this blog after this time out)


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