Biography of T.A. Orji

Theodore Ahamefule Orji was born in 1950 in Amaokwe-Ugba, Umuahia – Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State. He is a Nigerian politician and a former governor of Abia State. He is the Senator representing Abia Central in the National Assembly and the Chief of Staff to former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Educational background

Theodore Orji had his secondary education at Santa Crux Secondary School, Olokoro, and Holy Ghost College, Owerri.

After his secondary school, Theodore Orji gained admission into University of Ibadan, where he studied English Language and obtained a Bachelor of Art Degree in the year 1977.


After his University education and National Youth Service, Theodore Orji got employed in the Imo State Civil Service as an Administrative Officer.

Later he worked at the Ministry of lands and survey, Ministry of Agriculture and the government house.

Upon the creation of Abia State , Theodore Orji returned to AbiaState, his place of origin haven fallen into the new state, where he was employed at the Bureau of Budget and Planning and later at the Ministry of Agriculture.

Theodore Orji later joined the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria and worked both in his state and Enugu State.

Political career

In 2006, T.A Orji picked up nomination form to run for Abia State Governor under the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA). He won the party primaries and was elected Abia State Governor in April 2007, pulling over 200,000 votes ahead of his rivals.On 29th May 2007, T.A. Orji was sworn in as the 3rd Executive Governor of Abia State.

In 2011, T.A Orji was elected for a second term in office. He handed over to Okezie Ikpeazu in May 2015.

In 2014, T.A Orji picked nomination form to represent Abia Central Senate in the National Assembly. He won the party primaries and was elected as a Nigerian Senator in April 2015.

Awards and Recognitions

Theodore Orji has bagged several traditional titles, including Ochendo Ibeku, Utuagbaigwe of Ngwaland, and Ohazurume of Abia South.

Personal life
Theodore Orji is married to Mercy Odochi Orji and their union is blessed with five children.

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