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
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
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
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
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
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
Sir Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, Lady Cherry Igbinedion in a procession at the first convocation of the Igbinedion University
OKADA UNIVERSITY IN BRIEF
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
Chief Dr. Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, for establishing the first private University and owning the first private Airline in West Africa
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
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...
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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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
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
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 forAfrica'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
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
This website has attempted to unfold
Chief Osawaru Igbinedion from the cradle to manhood and from a humble
beginning to a position of enermous affluence...READ ON
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