Throughout their careers, Olorogun Michael and Cecilia Ibru have been dedicated philanthropists, focusing on a wide range of initiatives across Nigeria. However, through the continued development of the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) project, both will be dedicating themselves to their true passion: education. Olorogun Michael Ibru has already proved himself a friend to aspiring students in Nigeria, founding what is now known as Ibru College, serving on the Provisional Council of the University of Benin, and contributing to many other schools and education-focused organizations. While Dr. Ibru joined her husband in much of this philanthropic work, she also hopes to carry on the legacy of her family, who were instrumental in bringing opportunities for education to their homeland.
Cecilia Ibru’s family has been deeply involved in education in Nigeria. Her grandfather, Chief Ogegede Ogekpo, was known for saying “akpo rutcha na, akpo re pene,” or “the future is the world of the pen,” and provided the land for the first primary and modern schools in Aladja. In addition, Chief Edward Sido, Dr. Ibru’s father, established the region’s first free private primary school as well as the Sido College of Commerce (since renamed United College of Commerce) in the early 1960s. Today, joined by Olorogun Michael Ibru, Dr. Ibru hopes to create, in MCIU, an institution of higher learning every bit as transformative as the schools founded by her father and grandfather.
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