The University will be a centre of excellence that will inculcate in the students critical and analytical thinking skills as well as kindness and generosity. This will enable them to succeed in whatever situation or problem they find themselves without hurting others.
Throughout her life and career, versatile executive and entrepreneur Cecilia Ibru has maintained involvement in a wide array of professional, academic, and philanthropic endeavors. Born and raised in Nigeria, Mrs. Ibru moved abroad for her post secondary education, and she completed her A-levels in economics, British Constitution, and history before enrolling at London University to study Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) Degree in sociology. After graduating with honors from London University, Cecilia Ibru went on to obtain a Masters of Philosophy from North East London University, followed by a Certificate of Eligibility from the Council of Legal Education London.
Career / Work Experience
She commenced her career at the Ibru Organization in 1978 where she held various positions. She launched a successful career in finance and management, beginning with a lengthy tenure at the Ibru Organization, where she served in a variety of supervisory and executive roles. In 1990, she joined oceanic bank and rose to the peak of her career in 1997 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Oceanic Bank International, where she spent the next 10-plus years. During this time, Mrs. Ibru gained international renown as the “First Lady” of Nigeria’s financial sector, accumulating several honors and awards. Among these, Cecilia Ibru secured the nomination to the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, earned an honorary doctorate from Delta State University.
Noted for her work as a philanthropist as well, Cecilia Ibru formerly served as a Trustee to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, in which capacity she performed as an Honorary Ambassador for the Women Entrepreneurs Forum and took part in the United Nations Global Compact. In addition, she has sat on the Governing Board of Delta State University and chaired the Public Private Immunisation Foundation for the Nigerian National Immunisation Programme. Along with her husband, Michael, she resides in Nigeria.