Thursday, 4 September 2014

Photos: Esama of Benin kicks off 80th birthday celebration

Esama of Benin, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion will turn 80 on September 11th and a month long celebration which will stretch around three continents has kicked off in Benin. Colourful activities to mark his birthday started in Benin last week and today he went to University of Ibadan for the launch of his biography written by four professors from University's department of History. It's said to be the first honour of its kind by UI. From Ibadan, the party will move to South Africa, then there's a party in London and the US.

The Esama is said to have ordered a new wonder ride to celebrate this milestone. See pics from some activities that has already taken place after the cut..

The Esama
He's known for his many pioneering achievements and vast business empire. Amongst his pioneering achievements are:

1) First to set up an auto assembly plant in Nigeria with the company he founded, Mid Motors
2) First to set up a private Airline in Nigeria, Okada Air which at its height had over 40 aircraft including the world's largest passenger plane at the time, the Boeing 747. Okada was also the largest private airline in Africa at the time.
3) First to set up a private university in Nigeria, Igbinedion University, Okada Town.

He's also known for his many philanthropic contributions and organizations set up by him.
In recognition of his Numerous achievements he was twice honoured with high national awards by the President, namely Commander order of the Niger, and Commander of the Federal Republic. (CON & CFR)
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