George Orji

George Orji; Nigerian pastor martyred by terrorist group after his capturing at his church in Maiduguri, Borno State. George Orji was appointed as a Pastor by the Good News Church on 25th March, 1999 and posted to the Riverside Church. He served as pastor in charge of the headquarters church from June, 1999 to March, 2004 before his posting from May, 2004 to April, 2009, to the headquarters. Fellow captive reported George sang and prayed all through the period of the criminal incarceration, encouraging his congregation not give up, even unto death.


Places of Growth

Born on 30th June, 1966 to Philip Orji and wife at Orokam Village of Ogbadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State, and an Idoma by ethnicity, George Orji attended Sabon Gari Primary School Zaria from 1973 to 1978, Mount St Gabriel Secondary School Makurdi from 1978 to 1983. He was the Chapel Prefect, where he served diligently.


George Orji was married to Veronica Orji, with whom he raised two children.

Orji obtained a diploma in Ministry in December 1998 at the School of End of Time Ministerial Anointing Food For Total Man Ministry in Kaduna. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Science and Technology, Zaria, and obtained an Intermediate Diploma in Laboratory Technology in 1998. He was at the University of Maiduguri, and studied Science Laboratory Technology, for which he obtained the Higher National Diploma in 2004. Between 2006 and 2007 he was at the ECWA theological Seminary, where he obtained his post-graduate diploma in Theology. George Orji went back to ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, where he was pursuing a Master’s degree in Divinity before his death.

Tope Apoola
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