By Rotimi Agbana
Okpanachi Yusuf Ocholi is a Nigerian business tycoon and renowned philanthropist. He is most popular amongst his people for his selfless acts of service and genuine interest to the development of his society.
He believes that true wealth comes from charity, as a rich man amongst poor people is but a poor man with money. Starting from the grassroots, he craves to elevate his people off poverty.
Born on the 14th of August 1988, he easily recognizes with the youths of Nigeria especially Kogi State which is his state of Origin.
Being the first child of his parents, Ocholi was born in Lagos into a middle class polygamous home to his Igala speaking father, a civil servant and a mother who is a business woman. He learnt early in life how to fend for himself. He also experienced the dangers of poverty as experienced in the rural community of Ajegunle where he was raised. These and many more influenced his generosity.
Ocholi finished his primary and secondary education in Lagos, Alakoto Senior High School in Ajegunle is his Alma Matter. He went on to secure a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science from the prestigious Institute Superion de formation Professionnelle (ISFOP-Benin University), Benin Republic.
He has done several jobs prior to his big break; some of which includes Coca Cola from 2007 to 2009, Leventis Foods also at Apapa.
He then proceeded into the world of business, starting off with real estate where he got his big break. After his break into wealth, he became a major investor in startups in his attempt to keep the inflow.
Although he has funded so many NGO projects, he was not satisfied. This is evident in his relentless efforts towards raising and elevating people who are impoverished as well as provide empowerment, financial and material support to the less privileged within his reach. These he finds fulfilment in doing.
He is the founder of the Wave of Success Foundation (WSF), a reputable Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Nigeria, touching lives, empowering minds and transforming lives of the less privileged for the betterment of the community and nation at large.
Prior to the inception of WSF, Ocholi had funded several NGO projects within his reach in the course of achieving his charitable dreams towards humanity and the social environment. He believes in curing the thriving ailment of poverty through his dose of charitable gestures towards the environment.
He is the CEO of Waves of Minds Resources Limited. The company specializes in construction, Haulage, Logistics and Real Estate. It was founded in 2010 after he got a big contract from some foreign investors who aligned him to his fate in real estate.
Okpanachi Yusuf Ocholi got married on the 13th of October 2018 to the love of his life which he fondly calls TaTa. A pet name he gave her as she was able to endure with him even when he had little.