Charles Okpaleke attended Kings College in Lagos where he graduated in 1999. He then proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus where he studied Medical Laboratory Science until 2005 when he obtained his Bachelor of Sciences degree. Between 2005 and 2006, Okpaleke landed a Housemanship Programme with the State House Clinic, Aso Rock, Abuja where he worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Convinced that his career path would be one in health economics, Okpaleke relocated temporarily to Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in Health Economics and Health Policy. He obtained his MSc in 2007 from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and relocated back home to Nigeria shortly after to focus fully on his chosen career. Upon relocation, Okpaleke was offered a role in Health Economics with Family Healthcare International (FHI) on the Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN) Project in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He worked on the GHAIN project from 2007 up until 2008 when he decided to include entrepreneurship to his portfolio by co-founding Play Sports Bar and Grill with his brothers.
In 2015, Okpaleke and his partners’ secured intellectual property rights for the remake of historic Nigerian movie ‘Living in Bondage’, once again expanding his portfolio and introducing him into the Nigerian Movie Industry, Nollywood.
*Philanthropy and Memberships
In 2015, Okpaleke spearheaded an empowerment initiative, which he tagged ‘Be a boss in 50 seconds’. This initiative targets young prospective entrepreneurs that require external funding, giving them an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a team of judges selected by Okpaleke from a host of relevant industries. At the end of each ‘Be a Boss’ cycle, the Play Entertainment Network funds the most reasonable business idea with no return on investment expected.
In 2016, Okpaleke was appointed the Chairman of the Rotary Club of Abuja Federal, a post he held for a one-year cycle.
As far as political memberships and association are concerned, Okpaleke continues to refer to himself as a non-partisan individual, holding no strong political memberships or affiliations. To further establish his preference, Okpaleke created a youth forum in 2015 under the Play Network called P.L.A.Y. (Political Leadership Among Youths). From its inception till date, the P.L.A.Y. forum has encouraged youth participation in Nigerian politics regardless of sex, tribe, religion or political affiliation.
Charles sponsors out of school kids and promotes the importance of education