Esama Of Benin, Gabriel Igbinedion Biography and Net Worth

Biography of Gabriel Igbinedion and Net Worth

This article contains the life history and biography of Gabriel Igbinedion including his net worth and all you need to know about him.


Gabriel Igbinedion is a rich entrepreneur and businessman who is conferred with the title of Esama of Benin kingdom. He’s currently the CEO of Igbinedion private university and Okada Airlines with many other businesses.

Early Life and Educational Background

Gabriel Osawuru Igbinedion was born on September 11th in 1934 by two couple; Josiah Oviawe Igbinedion and Okunozee Igbinedion. He hails from Okada village in Edo State, Ovia North East Local Government Area.

Gabriel is the only child and son of his parents. His father is a civil servant while his mother who is a descendant of the Usen Royal Family sells fish to support the family.

Gabriel’s father died at an early age, which makes him to start working at an early age. He did many menial jobs including fetching firewood, selling kerosene in his hometown.

He was later rescued by his father’s brother, Idahosa Samson who takes him to Benin city where he was christened Gabriel. He attended Benin Baptist Primary School now called Emokpae Primary School. After completing his primary school, he proceeded to Eko boy high school. During this time, he was also helping his uncle in his block molding and trading in the rubber business.

He later bacgged 3 degrees from the different universities in the late ’90s. Two Business administrative degree from Imo state University and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a doctorate degree in law from the University of Benin in Benin city.

His Career

In the Biography of Gabriel Igbinedion, his Career is the main transiting phase from the humble background to his grace. After serving his uncle for some years, he joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1940 where he served in various units. After spending some years in the police force, he left to join the private sector in 1967. He became a sales manager in Leventil.

He later left to create his own company after gathering a lot of knowledge. With the help of his wife, Lady Cherry Igbinedion, he created his first company known as Mid-motors. It was established and made possible partly with a bank loan. By 1970, the company has upgraded to selling Hino motors from trucks, Marco Polo buses, Yamaha, Fiat, and so on.

He established his currently inactive Okada airline in 1980 with many aircrafts both airplanes and helicopters. He also goes into many industries like real estate, education, and many others.

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Personal Life

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and his wife, Lady Cherry Igbinedion

Chief Igbinedion married a Jamaica native, Lady Cherry Igbinedion in 1978 who he met in 1955. Their Union produced 4 influential children including;

  • Lucky Igbinedion who served as Edo state local chairman and Governor twice in the state.
  • Charles Igbinedion who acts as the local government chairman and commissioner of education in Edo state.
  • Peter Igbinedion who is a manager of the Nigerian Aviation Authority and finally
  • Omosede Igbinedion Akenosuna who is the wife of Benin Kingdom Prince, Avan Akenzua. She is currently a house representative in Abuja representing the Edo Constituency.

Awards and Recognition

An highlight in the biography of  Gabriel Igbinedion is the awards and recognition given to him. Due to his massive contributions to the Society particularly to the development of the Edo people, he was given the title of Esama of Benin kingdom which translates to the “son of the people”. Gabriel Igbinedion is a philanthropist who has contributed immensely to humanity.

Even though he was suspended from the palace activities in 2018, the suspension has been removed since June 13, 2012, in a Palace Circular. Contrary to the rumor spreading that he is an enemy to Benin King.

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Some of the awards and recognition he received includes

  • Certificate of Honor by Edo Benin club for contributing towards Edo progress in 1982
  • Champion and Promoter of Rural Congress in 1989
  • Bendel Open Golf Championship in 1988
  • And many others

Gabriel Igbinedion Net Worth

The biography of Gabriel Igbinedion won’t be complete without his Net Worth. Taken into consideration of all his assets including cars, houses, a television and radio station, a private bank, oil refineries, a private hospital, and many others. He’s estimated to worth $50 million.

The life history and biography of Gabriel Igbinedion show that where you are coming from; your background doesn’t matter. Your vision and determination are what matters. Today, the Igbinedion family remains one of the richest families in Nigeria.


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