President and Founder,
Linus Okorie is the founder and president, Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI), Nigeria’s foremost leadership development non-profit organization working with 15 brands. He is also the Managing Consultant, New Vision Consults. An attitude and leadership development consultant, with over 20 years of experience, Linus Okorie is the West African representative of Adair International United Kingdom. He has inspired over 60,000 people across Nigeria and Africa who have directly gone through his programs, and millions through radio and television. He is a speaker and a regular guest in many print media, radio, and television platforms across Nigeria. He is a radio and television presenter and host of “Leadership Clinic” on AIT.
He is the author of “Footprints: Leading Beyond Today” a book already in the world market, which was forwarded by Dr. Myles Munroe. He is a graduate of Imo state University where he served as the first elected Students Union Government president; he had his youth service with the National Assembly, Abuja. He thereafter proceeded to carry out a research on his area of passion: ‘Leadership Development’ at the Lagos Business School. He is an associate member of the International Third World Leadership Association (ITWLA) in the Bahamas, a recipient of an honorary degree in Management and a Master’s degree holder in Organizational Leadership at Regent University Virginia Beach United States. He is an alumnus of the International Visitors Program (IVLP) sponsored by the US government under the department of State.
He recently bagged an Honorary Doctorial Award and was inducted into the College of Fellows at the African Business School, Abuja.
He lives in Abuja, Nigeria with his wife Nkiru, his two daughters Ebubechukwu, Chiamaka and his son Chukwuebuka.
Vice President of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI)
Team Lead Events Planning and Logistics
Team Lead, Finance and Budget
Mr Benjamin is the Team Lead, Finance and Budget for Guardians of Nation International –GOTNI. He is a member of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and a Certified National Accountant. Mr Kwembe has served at various capacities in different organizations with proven track record of financial integrity, prudence, transparency, fairness, utmost trust with a high level of probity and accountability.
Mr Benjamin attended Benue State Polytechnics, Ugbokolo and graduated with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy in 2007. He also attended the Institute of Development Administration of Nigeria (IDAN)-University of Ibadan where he obtained a Professional Post-Graduate Diploma (PPGD) in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) in 2008.
As a vibrant and financially articulate individual, Benjamin’s love and motivation for global professional accountancy and financial compliance saw him into Nigeria College of Accountancy, Jos, Plateau State, were he obtained Post-Graduate Professional Diploma (PPGD) in Accountancy in 2012. He is jovial, organized, bold and hard working in his professional duties and assigned responsibilities.
His managerial expertise has positioned him as member of the GOTNI managerial team. He has played a key role in the execution of the projects of the organization.
Team Lead Programmes
Team Lead, Corporate Communicatiion and media relation
Chijindu is the Team Lead, Corporate Communications and Media Relations at Guardians of the Nation International. He is an entrepreneur, writer and communication expert who has won several awards for his commitment towards youth development. He has extensive experience working in the development sector with a focus on leadership and entrepreneurship. In 2016, Chiijindu was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Young Leader Award from the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust. He helps organizations maximize workplace productivity and brand effectively for the marketplace. As a communication strategist, he has consulted for a number of organizations before joining GOTNI. His thoughts on leadership challenge young people towards excellence and commitment to purpose. A graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an alumnus of the Leading Change Programme of the University of Cambridge, Chijindu brings innovative development solutions to the GOTNI team. He is in charge of pushing out to the public the activities of the organization.
Ovo Otarigho (Emokiniovo)
Team Lead Planning
Ovo Otarigho (Emokiniovo) is a Partnership Strategist, a skill he has dedicated towards the attainment
of the UN SDGs. He is the Executive Director/Founder of Impact Driven Young Leaders Initiative,
(IDYL Initiative); an organization committed to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) through Partnership. Emokiniovo has 10 years professional experience in Health and
Safety, Human Resource, Emergency Response, International Diplomacy and Peace building.
He was trained by the United Nations on Peace Building, Countering Violent Extremism, fighting
hunger and poverty. He took part in the live sessions of the UN Security Council where peace in Syria,
and Sudan was deliberated on. Ovo delivered a statement at the UN HLPF General Assembly on the
need for Least Developed Countries (LDC) to focus on youth’s development as a way of curbing hunger
and ensuring peace.
He is an SDG advocate, an advocate for social justice, promoter of Youths in Civic Engagements and a
strong supporter of Youth Leadership.
Ovo is very committed towards volunteering. He is a registered UN volunteer, volunteer member of
Amnesty International, a volunteer for Nigerian Red Cross, and Federal Road Safety. He was a
volunteer reporter for CNNiReport for 6years where he played the role of freelance citizen journalism.
In 2011 he carried out an investigative report for CNNiReport on Almajiri practice in Nigeria.