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Esama of Benin holds 86th birthday thanksgiving service in Benin
Documentary of Esama's spectacular 85th Birthday Celebration


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Igbinedion University To Maintain Production Of Exceptional Scholars – Esama of Benin
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Sir (Dr.) Chief G. O. Igbinedion, Founder of Nigeria's premier private University, takes us down the memory lane, appreciates God for landmarks attained hitherto!


(Historic) Video Clip of when His Excellency Sir Chief Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion became the Esama in 1974

Esama of Benin, Sir (Chief) Gabriel Igbinedion Celebrates 86 Flourishing Years

Former President of Nigeria, Oba Elegushi and other personalities honoured at 17th Convocation Ceremony of IUO

General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria, awarded at the 20th Founder's Day Anniversary of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria


When His Excellency Chief Sir Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion Became The Esama of Benin Kingdom in 1974
The Esama of Benin Kingdom in 1974


Igbinedion at 83: Be grateful to God, donít take more than you can control
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The Esama and Her Excellency Lady Cherry Igbinedion
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The Esama and His Excellency Chief Lucky Igbinedion


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The Great Life of A Pioneer

Igbinedion as a Benin family name is now a household word. It has become synonymous with Aviation, Industry, Education, Finance, Medical Care and Rural Development at local, national and international levels. The man who has made this possible in Africa is Sir (Dr.) Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom.

Chief Igbinedion has attained great heights in life reminiscent of great achievers. He is a philanthropist and and a humanist of national dimensions and an industrialist of international fame...READ ON









ESAMA's 77th Birthday Bash!

After conquering seemingly insurmountable mountains, then there is the need to celebrate.
For the House of Igbinedion, the month of September every year ushers in great moments of celebrations and presentation of gifts.

Sir Chief (Dr) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom and the Grand Commander of the Knights turns 77 on September 11, 2011.

Dubbed ďthe Trail Blazer at 77,Ē activities marking the birthday anniversary of the Esama who has been acclaimed as the most popular Blackman in the African continent will officially kick off on Monday September 5, 2011 with the opening of three churches sponsored and built by the Esama.

This will be followed with the unveiling of three churches on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and other two churches on Wednesday September 7, 2011 and Thursday, September 8, 2011.

The Esama traditional birthday lecture which is expected to draw a galaxy of personalities from within and outside the country comes up on Friday September 9, 2011 at the nationís premier private university, Igbinedion University, Okada.

For a man loved and honoured by his kinsmen, the Okada /Usen Day comes up on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

In keeping with his usual spiritual birthday flavour, the Patriarch will be joined by family members, friends and guests for the Morning Dew interdenominational service at Godís Historical Chapel on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Activities marking the 77th birthday of the Esama will climax on Sunday, September 18, 2011 with a special thanksgiving service at the St. Gabriel Archangel Catholic Church Sapele Road, Benin City at 11.00am
Meanwhile, a deluge of congratulatory messages have started pouring into the House of Igbinedion from within and outside Nigeria.






Orobosa and Umar's spectacularly grand wedding!
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The entire Household of Igbinedion both at home and abroad converge to celebrate their Patriarch as he clocks 80. Click below to view the:
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The Household of Igbinedion Singing 'Happy Birthday' for their Patriarch, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, The Esama of Benin @ 80


The ESAMA reconfirms his dedication to God & Service to Humanity

The Patriarch of the House of Igbinedion and Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir (Chief) Gabriel Igbinedion, on Sunday August 13, 2014 reiterated his dedication to God and service to humanity.

The Church service was held at Godís Historic Chapel located at his residence in GRA, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

The event was was attended by a galaxy of personalities including some palace Chiefs, the Christian Community, friends and well wishers of the House of Igbinedion.

Speaking at the event, the Esama who attributed his birth and success in life to the mercies of God, appealed to all present to draw his attention whenever he goes wrong, assuring that he would incline his ears to such good advice.

The Esama noted that the year 2014 will mark his 80th Birthday, adding that the celebration had just begun.

He also promised to help erect a befitting edifice for the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) during the tenure of the incumbent national President, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude.

The event featured rendition of hymns and special prayers for the House of Igbinedion.




Free Medical Scheme Initiated by the ESAMA

Over 3,000 patients have benefitted from an ongoing free medical treatment initiated by the respected and renowned business mogul in appreciating God for the milestone...

Activities to celebrate the birthday of The Esama of Benin, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion in grand style has since begun in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
So far, over 3,000 patients have benefitted from an ongoing free medical treatment initiated by the respected and renowned business mogul in appreciating God for the milestone.
The Esama of Benin, who is known not to do his things in half measures, has put in place some solid arrangements for the 80th birthday celebration.
The birthday proper which comes up in September is going to be an epoch-making occasion as Benin City will be agog with eminent people from across the world.
Royal fathers, captains of industry, top politicians, governors and top notchers of the Nigerian Presidency are also expected to storm the sprawling city of Benin..
The ESAMA is a pioneer and an achiever whose presence is felt throughout the country and beyond.



Igbinedion University Okada 2012 Convocation Procession



Kenny St. Brown's Birthday Song for the Esama @ 78
Activities Lined-Up to mark the 78th Birthday!
Esama, Liberian President, 3 Governors For Zik Leadership Award on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
The Esama of the Entire Black Race











DATE: Saturday December 4, 2010
TIME: 18:30 hrs
VENUE: State Banquet Hall, State House, Accra, Ghana



First President of the Republic of Ghana

Osagyefo (Dr.) Kwame Nkrumah

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kofi A. Annan



(The most prestigious Award in Africa)


conferred on

His Excellency, Sir (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion

The ESAMA of Benin



Special Invitation by
His Royal Majesty
Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll
The Founder & Board of Governors


  The provision of qualitative education has been an obsession for Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion since his years of adolescence till this day. The sense of mission was no doubt informed by the fact that his own education was ...read



Sir Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, Lady Cherry Igbinedion in a procession at the first convocation of the Igbinedion University



Igbinedion University, the first private University in Nigeria, is. Located at Okada Wonderland, a town beside Benin City, Edo state. It was issued with a Cerificate No. 001 by the Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday, May 10, 1999. The University was founded by Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a philanthropist and and one of Africa's formeost industrialists. The University operates on a collegerial system of tertiary education. It has a variable number of accredited faculties and courses ranging from courses in Law, Medicine, Engineering and the Arts and Social Sciences.

The University has in its few years of existence recorded several land mark achievements including being the first private university to produce Medical Doctors. It presently has an enrollment of about 7000 students and is presently supervised by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Eghosa Osaghae.

It is also on record that in 2006, a student of the young Igbinedion University, Mr Sunday Damilola Olawuyi obtained a First Class Honours degree in the highly competitive Nigerian Bar examinations, thereby also standing out as the only private University in Nigeria to have achieved that feat.


Students of Igbinedion University, Okada
Knight of the Benedictine Order





Igbinedion Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Okada, Edo State


Miss University Africa Organization AWARD

2009 Recipient-
Chief Dr. Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, for establishing the first private University and owning the first private Airline in West Africa
2010 Recipient-
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, as the ďMost Students Loving President in Africa,Ē for providing free education to all girls and establishing the first university in his country
2011 Recipient-
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, naming her African Female Role Model for 2011


Chief Igbinedion's Philanthropy and Community Service

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion is a philanthropist of no mean standing. It is worth mentioning that many Nigerians have been able to acquire a good education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels through Chief's Igbinedion's scholarship awards.

Between 1972 and 1990 he single-handedly provided electricity to his hometown of OKADA and about 83 other villages in OVIA South-East and North-East...



Check out the Pic Gallery @ the Traditional wedding



Visit the 81st Birthday Page

A statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja said Jonathanís commendation was contained in a congratulatory letter addressed to Igbinedion on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.
Abati said Jonathan also praised the Esamaís ďtrail-blazing achievements in several fields of human endeavour....read on

Governor (Comrade) Adams Oshiomhole on Esama @ 80

Pope Francis blesses Esama @ 80

The Catholic Pontiff, His Holiness, Pope Francis has conveyed his Apostolic congratulatory Blessings to the Esama of Benin and Honorary Romanian Consul to Edo and Delta States, His Excellency, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion on his eightieth birthday anniversary.

The Papalís message was delivered on behalf of the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja by the Bishop of the Metropolitan See, Benin Diocese, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze.




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Igbinedion University Honourable Chancellor, Sir Chief (Dr) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom and The Executive Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
His Excellency, Mr. John Agyekun Kufuor, Former President of Ghana
His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, The Sultan of Sokoto
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Law
(D. LITT.) Honoris Causa 2012
(LL. D.) Honoris Causa 2012



His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi
The Executive Governor of Ekiti State
Convocation Lecturer


Chief Igbinedion Urges Kindness, Tolerance At Christmas






It was one month long of activities marking the 77th birthday of HIS EXCELLENCY SIR CHIEF DR. G. O. IGBINEDION (CON, LLD, D.LITT, GCKB),
Esama of Benin Kingdom,
Honorable Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Okada,
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Romania to Edo and Delta States of Nigeria,
Chairman Okada Group of Companies.

September 11 marked the grand finale of the celebration of life for Igbinedion, a billionaire and founder of Okada Group of companies.

The thanksgiving service was beamed live via Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Independent Television (ITV), Africa Independent Television (AIT) and a few other Television Stations.

At the well-attended event, Sir Igbinedion said he has not only moved closer to GOD but he would do more to serve GOD.

Rev Ayo Oritsejafor, President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other notable men of GOD officiated the ceremony.

Wife of the celebrant, Lady Cherry said some people celebrate their birthday for one week, some for one day but Igbinedion's own is a spectacle which usually spreads over a period of one month; it is the Lordís doing. ...read more details...

Scores of well wishers queuing up for birthday feast


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DATE: August 8, 2010
VENUE: Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja
TIME: 3:00 PM
THEME: Nigeria @ 50: Engineering Peace, Unity and Progress





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Sir Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion being congratulated by
Nobel Laureate Dr. Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

During the ESAMA's 70th Birthday Anniversary







L-R: Lady Cherry Igbinedion, Chief Sir G. O. Igbinedion, Martin Luther King lll and HEH Walter Carrington, Former US Ambassador to Nigeria at the Igbinedion Education Centre for Africa's First Observance of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr.



Oral Roberts confering the Doctor of Law Degree on Chief Igbinedion, Looking on is Dr. William W. Jernigan of Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA






    Chief Igbinedion's Contribution to the Economic Well-being of Nigerians through offer of employment
    Thousands of Nigerians have been offered employment in the educational institutions which Igbinedion established. Thousands more have gained employment in his many business organizations. The effect of these job offers from the Chief can only be imagined. He has made tremendous contributions to the well-being of teeming number of Nigerians and to social stability...read on



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Distinguished statesman, contribution to human development, international, higher education, and philanthropy ( DLitt,hc )

Distinguished statesman, for his contribution to human development, international, higher education, and philanthropy

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Chief Igbinedion receives a Honorary Doctorate Degree @ Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, Ghana













A great son of Africa who has become a towering international success. This is the powerful moving biography of one man's determination to win- H. R. H. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi lll, The Alaafin of Oyo


This remarkable biography weaves the story of an endlessly fascinating man, his family and business empire- Dr. Brian Aghedo PhD



Do you have what it takes to be an industrialist, businessman and philanthropist? Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion's life story tell how, withouth mortaginng your soul- Chief Pearnel Charles, Jamaica




Sir Igbinedion is a great man of trmemendous and unqualified resources. His humility and great service to humanity coupled with his willingness to help the less-privileged has earned him respect and admiration the world over- Prince Abubakar Audu, former executive governor of Kogi State, Nigeria.




Igbinedion does not believe in failure, he says, "don't be afraid, everyone has them and sometimes they can be resurrected with resounding success- Alfred Eghobamien Esq.SAN



A few Acknowledgements of Chief Igbinedion's Sense of Philanthropy

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