Father Charles Ogada – Nigeria
Catholic Priest & Philanthropist
Rev. Fr. Charles Ogada is a Catholic priest who spends every waking hour of his life in service to the poor and needy in Nigeria. He is also a committed campaigner for a loving, inclusive, multi-faith approach to spirituality.
When he was seventeen, Fr. Charles had a profound spiritual transformation which changed the course of his life and set him on course for his life of service to his fellow man. Shortly after this he joined the Catholic order of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (often known as “Spiritans”) and entered their seminary to pursue his religious vocation. At the seminary he attained B.A., M.A. and B.Phil degrees in core aspects of religion and philosophy. A key part of the training was individual service to needy people in remote areas of Nigeria. Returning to Nigeria, Fr. Charles became actively
involved in community development projects and poverty alleviation programs. He started to hold mobile medical camps in rural villages which have since provided free treatment to thousands of people without any other access to medical care. In 2010 with no resources but his own unquenchable energy he took an enormous leap of faith and founded the Spiritan Self Awareness Initiative (SSAI), a non-profit humanitarian organisation (registered with the National Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja, Nigeria, and with the State Gender Affairs and Human Development Department, Enugu, Nigeria) of which he is the current Executive Director.