On October 29, 2023, Ebiraland mourned the loss of Dr. Ado Ibrahim CON, their esteemed paramount ruler whose passing left a profound void in the hearts of his people. His legacy, marked by dignity, reverence, and global recognition, transcended his reign, shaping the very fabric of his community. Dr. Ibrahim, who passed away at the venerable age of 95, was hailed not only as a king but as a beacon of pride for Ebiraland.
Born on February 7th, 1929, Dr. Ado Ibrahim was the son of Ibrahim Onoruoiza, the second Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, whose reign extended from 1917 to 1954. Despite his regal lineage, Dr. Ibrahim’s journey to kingship was paved with academic and professional achievements. His educational odyssey began with Nursery and Quranic schooling, followed by stints at institutions such as Okene Native Administration School, Ondo Boys High School, and Oduduwa College, where he completed his secondary education.
In 1950, Dr. Ibrahim commenced his professional career with the United African Company (UAC), swiftly ascending the ranks to managerial positions. His tenure at UAC provided invaluable experience, culminating in his pursuit of higher education at the London School of Economics. Balancing work and study, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics in 1954, followed by a prestigious MBA from Harvard University in 1959.
Beyond his corporate endeavors, Dr. Ibrahim’s commitment to his community was unwavering. He ascended to the throne as the Ebira king in 1997, a role he embraced with vigor and dedication until his passing. Under his reign, the renowned Azad Palace emerged as a testament to architectural grandeur, drawing admiration as the preeminent royal residence in West Africa.
Dr. Ibrahim’s influence extended beyond his kingdom, earning him respect and admiration nationwide. As chairman of Nestle Nigeria PLC and through his prolific writings and speeches, he wielded his influence for the betterment of society.
Today, on what would have been his first posthumous birthday, we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Ado Ibrahim—a king, scholar, and visionary leader. Though he may have departed this world, his impact endures, serving as a reminder of the enduring power of a life well-lived. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.