Gulder Ultimate Search star 2, Von Apochi, becomes chairman of GCU Alumni 92 set
Gulder Ultimate Search star 2 and multi-talented TV Personality, Von Apochi, has emerged the new chairman of Government College Ughelli (GCU) old boys association.
Other elected members are Oke Ajeje-Vice Chairman, Blessing Ukodie- Secretary, Chiwendum Nwabueze- Treasurer, Victor Ubieghan- Financial Secretary, Chinaenyem Nwabueze-PRO, Edmund Osibi- Director of Welfare.
GCU is a body with sub units such as classes (members from a specific enrolment year), branches (usually at State level) and the national/global unit.
It has members from all works of life, leaders, inventors, politicians, entertainers and many more. Members have shown so much benevolence in charitable works globally, especially developmental works associated with their alma mater.
In his acceptance speech, Apochi pledged to run an all-inclusive GCU 92 set where all voices will be heard as well as a leadership style that is fair just and transparent.
He said the newly elected executives will implement programme that will expose members to global opportunities where they will enjoy exchange programne in the US, UK and other parts of the world.
According to him, his tenure will initiate a training program.e where brilliant minds amongst members will train and coach students of their alma-mater in relative courses through annual conferences and workshops.
He said they will collaborate with established programme and organisations to create a secondary school debate contest and quiz contests to promote our class as a leader in student development.
“We will establish a transparent, fair and formidable welfare team. There will be freedom of expression and sanity amongst all members and we will all be treated equally irrespective of your financial status, social class or background.
“We will push to incorporate more members into this brotherhood, members in other smaller groups will be encouraged to join us so that we will ensure we have a working team that includes both day students and boarding students.
“We will work with all members, all resourceful member including opponents for a better class of 92 set,” he stated in his manifesto.
Apochi, often referred to as “Black General,” was born on June 20, 1981 in Warri into the humble Apochi family. He is from the great Orogun kingdom and currently lives in the United States of America with other residences in Lagos and Ughelli Delta State.
Apochi was an integral part of the formation of the GCU 92 Alumni Set. He was part of the interim leadership of the union at the early stages, which was driven by hope, persistence and a progressive mindsets.
Apochi is the president and Chief Executive Officer of SabiWaka Natural, a vitamin and supplement manufacturing company and major retailer of many natural supplements in Nigeria. He is also the founder and president of the Sweet Pikin Foundation poised with the goal of helping people that cannot afford medical care in Nigeria.
Apochi is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria from the department of Genetics and has a master’s degree from the same university in public and international affairs.
He is a product of many international training and he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Medical Analytics. He is known for his profound studies and research in embryology, hematology and focusing on natural medicine as an alternative cure to ailments.
Apochi is highly successful with his sickle cell support community where they provide support for sickle cell warriors. His co-founder of their foundation, Noella Etoma Apochi, is a brilliant botanist and a naturalist, they both manage and have supported the treatment of 100s of sickle cell warriors and many other members within and outside their community.
Apochi has a noticeable personality though humble and focused he is always dedicated to the success of any organisation, unit or group he is leading. He was a leader in the debating club in Government College Ughelli, an executive member in the mathematics club, Conservative club, and he was the zonal president of the JET club.
His remarkable personality led him to become a class captain in his university days and he became a parliamentarian in the University of Lagos before the dissolution of student union politics in UNILAG.
The ultimate hero was also the Head of the military police in the University of Lagos military cadet. He is the president of the AV Entertainment group and became the first Deltan to represent the state on an African foremost reality TV show, “The Gladiators” in 2001.
He became remarkable in the Gulder Ultimate Search 2 in 2005 and featured in many Nollywood movies. This gave him a platform, recognition and connections in Nigeria and overseas.
The incoming Chairman has inaugurated a secondary school debate and quiz contest that will be hosted in Delta State amongst many other empowerment projects.
His love for youth empowerment, led him to organize the first Delta State street basketball competition, hosted in his alma mater, Government College Ughelli in 2003, he pioneered the face of Delta State competition in 2004 and many more programs that were geared towards youth empowerment in Nigeria. He has hosted several local and international programme.
He was a genetic consultant at the Fune LGA General hospital during his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and supported in teaching local students in the same local government in all of the science courses.
Apochi temporarily worked with SoundVille UK and IMS Limited as director of talent and account director managing brands like dangote corporate, Nigerian Breweries, Feyrouz, Climax drinks, Legend, NLG, domalong and more respectively in the space of 2004 to 2011.
In August 2011, he started a career with the biggest global insurance company then guaranteed trust Assurance that later became AXA Mansard, He rose through the career paths. He currently consults as a global business analyst and a genetic analyst.