Indeed the space between birth and death is time but the significance of the time is in its pragmatic usage. Late Hon James Ocholi was born on the 26th of November 1960 to Mr and Mrs James Momoh Odoh of Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state, He graduated from ochaja secondary school where he got Bornagain. Born to an extended family and having lost his father at the age of eighteen, He obtained his LLB from the University of Jos via a scholarship from the then Benue State Government. He graduated in 1985 and was called to bar in 1986. After years of productive practice he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in December 2007 and as at of the time of his death (2016) he was the Nigeria’s minister of labour and Employment. He was happily married to Mrs Blessing Fatima Ocholi who died in the same accident that claimed the life of the legal luminary alongside their son . He was blessed with five children;Ojone Peace, Aaron Enojo jr, Joshua Eb‘ojo, Uyo Blessing jr and Ele Excellent.
He was the pioneer president of the Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International Ankpa branch. He also once served as the National Secretary of The Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International in Nigeria. Late Ocholi was a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Pro-chancellor and chairman of Council of the Salem University, Lokoja amongst others
Many have lamented,many have being wailing but are they Christians who will like Barr Ocholi choose to be outstanding for Christ in their area of jurisdictions till death. We may not be able to rank his performance but to some extent he was outstanding. His death is not only a loss to the igala people, to kogi state, to Nigeria and to the world but also a loss to the Christiandom. Its our prayers that men and women will rise to the call of standing for God like Hon. James Ocholi and even better than he did in politics. Barrister James Ocholi was indeed an icon and a Christian. Really hoping to see him at the masters feet some day. Adieu legend.