Julius Olapade Okunola
Gubernatorial Aspirant For The Accord Party of Nigeria
Julius Olapade Okunola is the first son of Chief John Adeboye Okunola and Late (Mrs.) Cecilia Oladuni Okunola's eleven children. Chief Adeboye Okunola heads the Ogunsua Ruling House of Modakeke while The Late Mrs. Okunola hailed from Okerewe Quarters of Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
The childhood of Julius Okunola, popularly called Pastor Pade saw him growing up in many parts of Osun State. He attended Sijuwade Nursery and Primary School, and the iconic Osogbo Grammar School, Osogbo. He was back in Ile-Ife for his Advanced level studies at the Oyo State School of Arts and Sciences (OSCAS) from where he proceeded to the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri where he obtained a Second Class Upper Division Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 1989.
Pastor Pade migrated to the United States of America after his completing his one year of mandatory national service with the NICON (National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria) as an Investment Officer. His extensive experience in the US groomed him for future leadership. He started with lowly positions such as a cook and a truck driver before moving on to management positions both in the public and private sectors of the American economy. Pastor Pade worked for companies like McDonald's, Domino Pizza, Houston Post Newspaper, SmithKline Beecham and the Office of the Attorney General of State of Texas. He retired from public service into entrepreneurship by starting his small business firm called Onward Shipping and Clearing Services, Inc in year 2008.
The bold move from the young leader of 11 children paid off because Pastor Pade is not just the President of Onward Shipping and Clearing Services, Dallas, Texas; his direct business involvement has expanded into new businesses such as Nulif Healthcare Services, Onward Properties, JRapha Foods, Rapha Agro-Allied Industry, NUHope Home Healthcare in various parts of Nigeria, and the United States. The headquarters office of his Nigerian-based business concerns is in Osogbo, Nigeria.
In addition, Pastor Pade Okunola and Dr. (Mrs.) Folake Okunola, his wife, are ordained pastors of the Redeemed Church of God (RCCG). Pastor Pade has an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Pastoral Studies from the prestigious Christ For the Nations Bible College, Dallas, Texas, USA. Currently, he is the Pastor-in -Charge of RCCG Victory House, Dallas Metro, Texas, USA. Pastor Pade lives with his family in Dallas, Texas