R/Admiral Andrew Omaolo Stephen Okoja (rtd) MNIM mni was born in Ebu, Oshimili North local Government Area of Delta State in 1948. He had his early education in LA Primary School, Mara Mara, Zaria in Kaduna State before proceeding to Nigerian Military School, Zaria (1962-1966) where he had his secondary education. He proceed to Nigeria Defence Academy as Officer Cadet in 1967, in NDA course 3, and attained NDACE/’A’ Level certification before proceeding to Nigeria Navy to complete his naval training in 1969 as a Midshipman. He was commissioned into Nigeria Navy as Ag Sub-lieutenant in 1970.
He had his basic and junior level Technical & Management training in India 1970-72, Specialist Course in India (1974), Pre-commission courses for Seward Defence Boat (SDB) and Corvet/Frigate (F) class warships 1973 and 1975 respectively in UK. He has had several sea commands of warships ranging from SDB to frigate class that saw him sail through five seas of the world in command positions and as a crew member. He commanded the renowned Nigerian Navy frigate and flag ship NNS Nigeria which was later renamed NNS Obuma (1985 – 1987).
R/Admiral Okoja held a Staff appointment as Assistant Director, Joint Services, Supreme Headquarters, Dodan Barracks, Ikoyi – Lagos 1983 – 85. He had a four- year duty tour as Nigeria Defence Adviser to India (1987 – 1991) where he had concurrent accreditation to Australia. He held the senior positions of: Chief Staff Officer in Western Naval command (1991), Dy Commandant Command & Staff College Kaduna (1993), Chief of Logistics Naval Headquarters (1994), Chief of Administration (1995 – 1996) and Chief of Operations 1996 – 1997, before his retirement in (1998).
R/Admiral Okoja attended the prestigious National Institute of Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru – Jos course 16 (1992-93).
His post – service life saw him veering into sports where he became the Chairman of Nigeria Yachting & Rowing Federation, a position under the Federal Ministry of Sports which he held for one Olympic term of four (4) years.
He later ventured into Maritime and Housing Sub-sector of the economy where he is the current Chairman of Rainbow BB Estate Solutions and Mercury Maritime Concession Company.
R/Admiral Okoja is a lover of nature and currently a member of the Executive Council of Nigeria Conservation Federation; a premier conservation NGO in Nigeria. He is also a founding member of Initiative for Moral Rectitude in the Society (IMRS)……..for Good Governance.
R/Admiral A.O.S Okoja is married with five (5) children.