Usman Okai Austin CCA ,An Undying Man With A Rising Profile Of An Eagle by Sani Michael Omakoji


Usman Okai Austin CCA ,An Undying Man With A Rising Profile Of An Eagle by Sani Michael Omakoji

 

According to one of Nigerian Popular Singers, Patoranking in one of his trending songs, he says ” Celebrate Me Now That I am Alive, No Be Say When I Don Die, You Go Dey Fake Am For My Wife…”

For those who do not understand Nigerian broken English, what above expression literarily means is that, ‘it is more beneficial and rewarding to celebrate someone while alive than to do that after his or her demise’.

In hearkening to the gospel of Patoranking, it is not praise singing or lips service therefore, to celebrate Austin Usman Okai Cna now that he is alive than faking it for “UFEDO B” after he is long gone.

Let me digress a little to Igala’s saying that says: ” May he die, CANNOT be a prayer or a wish that will bring death to someone so soon” … but the bottom line is that, every living soul is indebted to death and we shall all taste it one day no matter the years of our longevity.

At this point, let me go spiritual and declare on behalf of Austin Usman Okai that, may he not taste death in his prime time, he shall live to see his children’s, children in good health, abundance of wealth and of sound mind in the name of the most High God. Amen.

Now before we explain Austin Usman Okai whom we introduced as an EAGLE in our headline, let us understand what is an EAGLE.

According to the presiding Bishop of Chapel of Freedom Churches world wide, Dr. John Ibenu ( Jp), in one of his unforgettable sermons till Christ comes, he says, “An EAGLE is an extraordinary bird who is ever awake, adventurous, determined, painstaking, fearless, confident, calm, calculative and ever courageous to take risk and bear the consequence”.

In case, you want to check your circular Dictionary or Wikipedia to be sure of the above definition, you will be shock that both Dictionary and Wikipedia will disappoint you as that definition can only come from a man like Bishop John Ibenu, led by God.

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Back to our definition, we could see that, An EAGLE is an extraordinary bird who is ever awake, adventurous, determined, painstaking, fearless, confident, calm, calculative and ever courageous to take risk and bear the consequence”.

The adjectives used ‘sincerely and faithfully’ without exaggeration describe the person of Austin Usman Okai

For example, Austin Usman Okai, became the mouth piece and the defender of justice when there was a reign of terror in Kogi State; it was a period workers in Kogi State were sacked indiscriminately and few left in service were not paid their salaries as at when due and as a result, scores of civil servants death were recorded.

This was the period Kogi State Government led by Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello introduced an endless workers screening that lasted throughout his first tenure and part of his second tenure.

This period, nobody dares to talk or challenge the authority of Bello as his deputy, Onojah, made himself a small god who used the then Data Boys recruited by him to help him scout out for whoever criticises their satanic reign.

*Early Life:*
Austin Usman Okai was born on 1st August 1985 into the family of Mr. and Mrs Francis Yahaya Usman.
He hails from Emewe Opada in Biraidu district of Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state, Nigeria.
The young Austin was raised by his grandfather, Alhaji Usman Adaji Abocho in Emewe-Opada, a very successful business man and later joined his father at Emewe Opada shortly after the demise of his grandfather.

Educational Background:
Austin Usman Okai attended Roman Catholic Primary School Emewe Opada in Biraidu district of Dekina local government.
He later went on to attend Ofoji Community Secondary School Emewe-Opada before proceeding to Our Lady Of School OLS Anyigba for his Senior Secondary School Education where he obtained his SSCE.
His quest for academic advancement later took him to Federal Polytechnic, Idah, where he did his National Diploma in Accountancy.
He did his compulsory Industrial Attachment at the department of operations of the defunct Intercontinental Bank, PLC Wuse, Abuja and subsequently proceeded to acquire his Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa. Not satisfied with his academic status yet, he has since acquired his PGD with his Msc in view all in Accountancy.

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*Work Experience:*
Austin Usman Okai in the course of his occupational journey joined Oceanic Bank where he worked from 2007-2008 before moving to Bank PHB where he worked from 2008 to 2019 before going ahead to further his education.
Austin Usman Okai upon completion of his Higher National Diploma began his foray into the world of activism and citizen journalism.
In the course of his social and political activism, Austin Usman Okai has been politically persecuted as he has been in and out of detention.
As a social crusader, he has refused to be intimidated and has continued to speak truth to power using his various influential social media pages and when need be, organized protest and press conferences.
He is generally considered as the most vocal and influential activist from Kogi state.
His frequent critique of the monumental maladministration of the state perpetuated by the administration of Gov Yahaya Bello has led to him being detained and as won him huge followership within the state and beyond for his courage to speak when others are scared to.
His conviction that a diversified public information space is good for democracy and freedom of speech therein led to the creation of Observers Times – an online news platform dedicated towards developmental and insightful journalism.
Today, Observers Time under his watch as the Editor in Chief is one of Nigeria’s leading online news platforms.

*Achievements:*
Austin Usman Okai now a chartered Accountant is a member, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.
Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria (ICPAN).
He is an Honorary Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria. Institute of Certified Cyber Security & Digital Forensic Analyst, USA .He holds a certificate of appointment as a senior officer, Situation Room and Logistics.

In celebration of the United Nation Humanitarian day, he was awarded the SDGs Pillar of Humanitarian Award for his exemplary performance in promoting and supporting UN’s Sustainable Development and for his dedication in uplifting humanity by the UN Economic and Social Council (Special Advisory Council on Social Development Commission).
In a nutshell, Comrade Austin Usman Okai Cna has received numerous other AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS from different groups and organizations within and outside the country.

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*Political Experience:*
Okai became politically active in 2014 when he served as Member Electoral Committee, PDP National Convention in recognition of his contribution to the party especially through a group he founded, the People’s Democratic Party National Youths Frontier. Okai’s star continued to rise within the party as he was given the additional task of being part of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization member charged with the responsibility of organizing Civil Society Group and Party support group for President Goodluck Jonathan and Sambo second term election in 2015.
In 2018, he was a Member PDP National Convention Media Committee and later, Spokesperson Atiku/Obi campaign organization Kogi state 2019.
He was the Spokesperson for the PDP during Kogi state gubernatorial election in 2019.
He served as Member PDP National Convention Media Committee 2021.
He is the National Coordinator of the PDP National Youths Frontier. Member Technical Committee PDP E-media Registration 2021. He is a candidate of PDP for Dekina / Bassa Federal Constituency 2023 general election in which he won overwhelmingly before the system manipulated his mandate to favour his opponent of the APC.

Austin Usman Okaikai’s Philosophy:
Okai is an repentant believer in democracy as he believes undoubtedly in democracy as the only vehicle in actualizing positive transformation of society.

Austin Usman Okai’s Faith:
Austin Usman Okai is a devoted Christian and a Roman Catholic.
His faith in God is what motivates him to better society. He believes we were created by God to be a positive agent of change by touching lives and drawing people closer to God.

Austin Usman Okai’s Family:
Okai is happily married and blessed with two beautiful and intelligent children.

*Travels:*
Okai has traveled to different countries of the world. To him, traveling is an integral part of learning. By traveling we learn, relearn and unlearn.

*Hobbies:*
Okai loves reading, traveling, football and Athletics”

From the revealing fact above it is not out place to say therefore that Austin Usman Okai is undying Man with not just a rising profile of an EAGLE but an ANGLE in the making.

Sani Michael Omakoji
Social Commentator
City Centre Abuja – Nigeria
25/02/2022


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