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Gabriel Igbinedion: A visionary celebrating 89 remarkable years

Gabriel Igbinedion: A visionary celebrating 89 remarkable years


In the heart of the ancient land of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion has been a towering figure throughout his life. As he graciously marks his 89th birthday on 11th September, this iconic personality, often referred to as the Esama of Benin Kingdom, invites us to reflect upon a legacy studded with exceptional achievements. A philanthropist, entrepreneur, and visionary, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion has not only transformed his community but has also left an indelible mark on Nigeria as a whole.

A legacy of philanthropy

Chief Igbinedion’s life has been characterised by a profound dedication to uplifting the lives of others. His philanthropic endeavors are legendary, touching countless lives across the nation and beyond. He has established several organisations, including the Gabriel Igbinedion Education Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational support to thousands of financially disadvantaged students. Through his generosity, he has made education accessible to those who would otherwise never have had the opportunity to learn, empowering them with knowledge and hope for a better future. He has one time or the other funded full surgery for the underprivileged at Igbinedion education center.

Entrepreneurial optics

Igbinedion is a true visionary when it comes to business. Over the years, he has built an impressive business empire, venturing into diverse sectors such as oil and gas, hospitality, agriculture, real estate, Aviation and Media with the establishment of ITV Radio and Television. His efforts have not only contributed to Nigeria’s economic growth but have also created numerous job opportunities for thousands of people. By making substantial investments in the country, he has become a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and an advocate for economic development in Nigeria.

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Education reformer and advocate

Recognising the transformative power of education, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion has tirelessly advocated for educational reforms and access to quality education. He has been instrumental in establishing schools, colleges, and the first private university in Nigeria, the Igbinedion University Okada. His pursuit of educational excellence has not only elevated the educational sector but has also paved the way for future generations to achieve their dreams.

Cultural stewardship

His commitment to preserving and promoting Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage is commendable. As a custodian of Benin’s heritage, he has invested in cultural organisations, museums, and initiatives that celebrate the vibrant traditions and historical significance of the region. Through his patronage, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion has ensured that the rich tapestry of Nigerian culture continues to thrive, thereby safeguarding the legacy of generations past.

Honors and recognitions

Igbinedion’s extraordinary contributions have been recognised and honoured globally. He has received numerous accolades, including honorary doctorate degrees from reputable institutions worldwide. His induction into the Forbes Africa’s list of the continent’s richest individuals underscores his significant contributions to Nigeria’s economic landscape.

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Igbinedion celebrates his 89th birthday, his life becomes a testament to resilience, vision, and the power of compassion. His philanthropic efforts, entrepreneurial prowess, commitment to education, and preservation of cultural heritage serve as an inspirational beacon for future generations. The remarkable journey of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion continues to shape the destiny of Benin and stands as a shining example of what one individual with determination and a philanthropic spirit can achieve for the betterment of society. He’s one of the most detribalised Nigerian whose friendship with others is not determined by race, class, religion or political affiliation. Cheers to the lion of Okada at 89.


.Ifetayo contributed this article from writes from Benin City.