Olorogun (Dr) Michael C. O. Ibru (OFR)
Let the memory of Olorogun Michael Ibru be with us forever... May he rest in perfect peace...Amen.


WE THANK God Almighty.

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The Nigerian Chaplaincy, London

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This tribute was added by Megan Danielle on 2nd October 2016

"To the family and friends of Olorogun (Dr) Michael C. O. Ibru (OFR)

I may not of known him, but he sounded like a great person with a good heart. These are difficult times and though maybe unexpected at times,  our God and father understands the pain we are facing. (2 Corinthians 1:10; Psalms 71:21)"

This tribute was added by Opatayo Kikelomo on 2nd October 2016

"Dearest Papa,

You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favor in return.

Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart, for every of your achievements, you laid the path for others to succeed.

The benefits of your hard work is a living testimony for the so many young men and women you took under your wings at a personal and professional level.  

You lived a glorious and fulfilled life, and you are now in the best place 'The Bossom of your Lord and Creator'.  Testimonies abound as to how you positively impacted several lives, both young and old. You were a philanthropist per excellence.Glory be to God.

My admiration for you, even at death, is that of :

'A man who never quits until the job is done'. The 'OYINBO DUDU' of UAC, I greet you sir.

You are a man who saw possibilities where others saw need.

You saw opportunity where others saw problem,

Always taking on new challenges  ---- a worthy leader you are.

You are the quarterback in a drive that took others from their dream to reality - that 'reality'  many enjoys today, and will enjoy for years to come.  A great man who can find?  You were indeed a great man Pa Olorogun Michael C.O. Ibru of Blessed Memory.

While we mourn your glorious exit at this time, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth would have been fulfilled.

We thank the Lord for your life and bade you farewell until we meet again at the resurrection morning.

Sleep On dearly beloved daddy Olorogun Michael C.O. Ibru.
Good Night !  Good Night ! Good Night !

Tribute from : Mrs. Kike Opatayo - MCF  Staff , Agbarha-Otor"

This tribute was added by Harriet Ekperigin on 27th September 2016

"For Uncle Mike
An honest man has gone to rest,
A friend to many, a friend of truth,
A friend of virtue, never uncouth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd;
Now in another world, he lives in bliss;
But he lived well and he made the best of this

To the kindest man that ever lived. You touched so many lives with your positivity, willingness to help and love of people. You are an inspiration to so many. When our father, your cousin Harding Ekperigin died, you never ceased to provide the support that me and my siblings needed. Everyone that ever met you has their own personal testimonial about the positive impact you made on their lives. Your kindness will be sung for many years to come. I pray that your kindness will be repaid to your future generations a million fold. Rest in Peace papa, Oghene Serovwe, wotubuvwenwin gbereden.

Tode Olorogun.

With a heavy heart,

Harriet Ekperigin"

This tribute was added by Aghogho Okotie-Oyearone on 27th September 2016

"Rest in peace Sir! You paved way for a lot of Urhobos. I hope your children and grandchildren really understand the legacy you gave them and carry it on."

This tribute was added by Oluwaseyi Omogunwa on 26th September 2016

"Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. seyi Omogunwa"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 26th September 2016

"Olorogun (Dr.) Michael C. O. Ibru, I was looking forward to your recovery and coming home, so that i can meet you in person and get inspiration from you. But alas that is not to be. Many,including people like myself who never had the opportunity to meet you will remember you fondly not only for your great achievements,but also for the way you used your wealth to positively touch the lives of people. you will indeed be forever missed. Samaila Saadu (MCF)"

This tribute was added by Soyinka Sunday on 26th September 2016

"Olorogun Michael Ibru was a great man, a wonderful intellect, a great soul of matchless courage one of the greatest men of the earth and the greatest business entrepreneur this nation has ever produced.

Obviously, of all public figures and benefactors that Urhobo nation has ever produced, no one is loved and honored in history both home and abroad more than our famous businessman and industrialist whose intellectual role in the family, relative, community, country and business world  would continue to stimulate us and the generations to come.
Farewell Olorogun Michael Ibru.

‘the song is ended…….. but the melody lingers on’

We love you but God love you more
You will be greatly missed….."

This tribute was added by Ogaga Ipheghe on 25th September 2016

"RIP The Pioneer of all Pioneers"

This tribute was added by Francis Waive on 25th September 2016

"An angel among men is gone! Almost too humane, large-hearted & blessed. Rev Francis Waive"

This tribute was added by Rob Kele on 24th September 2016

"Sir, we never did meet but I will owe you a debt of gratitude for the rest of my living days and memories. You have given me a best friend who is one of the finest men you could ever meet. A true gentleman and scholar. Go to heaven and find eternal happiness, Requiescat in pace Mr Ibru"

This tribute was added by Adara Ibru on 23rd September 2016

"My Dear Uncle, Olorogun Michael C.O. Ibru, you are forever missed.

Because you would not stop for death, so death stopped for you.
Your Great Spirit was riding far and wide, still watchful and nurturing.
Only you alone, knowing when your job was done.
Your departure from us has demystified the demure ones;
Thus you have removed the mystery from the quiet and shy ones in the family, like myself.

I pay my condolences with deep sadness and respect, to say farewell.
Your ingenuity and inspiration has filled our hearts,
While you carefully watched over us mentoring others,
And each other as you reverently did yourself.

Teaching us, your family that success and good fortune is upheld,
Only through faith and Love of God.
That a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,
And if you can believe it, your mind can achieve it.

Uncle Michael may your spirit continue to rise high above,
And this time to it's final destination, back home with the Creator.


Your Loving Niece,


This tribute was added by John Adebayo on 23rd September 2016

"You're still very fresh in our hearts and minds. The good works you did while alive have drawn many to your achievements and courage to break new frontier in business. Your humility in prosperity makes your stories live on. Your desire for quality and affordable education gave birth to Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. No doubt, you are a symbol of courage to many knew or heard about you. You have clearly written your name in the book of history that can not be erased. Continue to rest at the bosom of your maker. rest in peace, baba."

This tribute was added by Joseph Bitrus on 22nd September 2016

"You came, you saw, you conquered! There’s no gainsaying that your legacy will live forever. With the touch of your grace passed onto your amiable wife Mummy Cecilia Ibru and your beautiful children– your unforgettable legacies will continue to be fresh in the minds and hearts of Nigerians and beyond. You lived a life we all are envious of and working hard to follow in your entrepreneurial path. Your immense impact on education within your family, your communities and your country is inspirational. In the world of business your statuses can be compared with the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and more. Rest in the bosom of the Lord where your mansion is prepared for you to celebrate with Jesus in Heaven.  We will miss your genius mind and work ethics. May your soul rest in perfect Peace Sir. Signed: Joseph Bitrus for the family!"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 22nd September 2016

""Olorogun Michael Ibru" the Patriarch of the Ibru Family is an INDEFATIGABLE PERSONALITY OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTE.

I hereby with great sense of humility and respect, salute his great vision, unusual courage, tenacity of aspiration, audacity of purpose, doggedness and industry foresight.

He was indeed a pathfinder and trailblazer who left indelible footprints in the emerging economy of our nation across industries.

He came to this transient world unsung and unknown as a young infant and grew up with great hope and aspirations but had a great Christian upbringing and background.  No wonder, he left as one of the greatest Hero of our times having fought many battles in this life especially in the business world and economic destiny of our great nation and won. The testimonies are numerous and abound across different industries.  

The impact he made in the lives of so many people all over the world especially in Nigeria and across race, creed, culture, religion, gender, age and nations is very rare and unfathomable. The wisdom, knowledge and understanding that he demonstrated to chart the path of his financial destiny in the business world is uncommon.

He was a very simple, humble, amiable, modest, dynamic and cheerful leader of men and thoughts who left lasting legacies in the lives of every member of the family, community and indeed the nation at large.

He was always looking for the strength and any positive attributes in the life of every man that comes across him during his life time.  This accounted for one of the reasons he was able to amazingly build men, systems, strategies and established firms that contributed enormously to the economic growth of our country even as a young man who had great visions through the ingenuity bestowed on him by God in managing human and material resources..  

Undoubtedly, it appeared the manner and way he built the family that he left behind in love is uncommon. The name IBRU has seen becomes a GREAT BRAND even in his life time.

To this end, I hereby join the entire world and especially the great people of Nigeria to extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences on behalf of my wife, children and extended family to our dear Mummy Cecilia Ibru and the Ibru family in general.

May the wholesome God keep watch over the IBRU FAMILY and never allow His mercy, countenance, love, grace, glory, love, forgiveness, blessing and unity to depart from the family. May the Lord grant every member of the family the fortitude and strength to bear this great and irreplaceable loss to humanity.

Finally, I pray that the exceptional legacies and unusual footprints in the sand of time of this great colossus live forever and transcend several generations yet unborn after him in Jesus Mighty name.
Daddy Michael Ibru, you are indeed a rare gift to humanity, Urhobos, Delta State, Nigeria and especially the family.

We all will surely miss him.    

It is well with the Ibrus
It is well with the Urhobos
It is well with the Deltans
It is well with Nigerians        


Yomi Adelegan"

This tribute was added by Chris Imafidon on 22nd September 2016

"To: Olorogun Michael Ibru
Words are grossly inadequate to express your fatherly care, your humility despite your colossal achievements. What a great inspiration! Shining light, Educator to educators. Your smiles of encouragement are impossible to forget. You faced every crisis with confidence and always saw light at the head of any tunnel. The foremost apostle of entrepreneurship. A real visionary and a futurologists.  A genius producer! May your gentle soul rest in PEACE!
Signed Professor Chris Imafidon - on behalf of the Imafidon family, England, UK"

This tribute was added by Benison Odjugo on 22nd September 2016

"Memories of your impeccable affluence shown in the lifes and businesses of those you have affected within and beyond the shores of this country cannot be thrown away, because they are engraved in the hearts of men, you were a blessing to Urhobo Nation, have a peaceful sleep dady oo!"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 22nd September 2016

"In the words of our dear Professor Wole Soyinka "Great men do not die, but they only transit from glory to glory".  Olorogun Michael Ibru was a very great man who went out of his way to put smiles on the faces of countless people and he did that  wholeheartedly. A lot of testimonies about his philanthropy, his magnanimity, his simplicity and his selfless service to God and humanity abound everywhere. He picked up many from no where and made them who they are. Today, such ones occupy prime positions in the society.  What a great man he was!  It will be very difficult to find a replacement of the great legend, Olorogun Michael Ibru and we will surely miss him so much, but we are confident that as a devoted Christian who died in the Lord, we will meet with him again on the resurrection day in Jesus name, Amen. Rest in peace Great man till we meet again to part no more.  Festus Anyasi"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 21st September 2016

"Dear Grandpa
I really miss you and I love you I am sad that you are gone but happy you are in heaven with Jesus and Uncle Rode
I love you Mila"

This tribute was added by Chris Akenroye on 21st September 2016


The news of your temporary departure was unexpected at this time;
The reality of your brief exit seemingly turned into unfathomable eternal departure and rest;
Eventually, death has become great adventure that barricaded human exchange of interactions permanently!

Hey, the trail of your intermittent visits and fellowships at the place of work;
The reality of your phone calls which suddenly gone silent;
The charitableness of your cheering, caring and comforting messages in the midst of loneliness and unhappiness;
… all will be missed so dearly.

The inability to roll back the eternal ‘un-recycling chair’ of your historical doggedness, diligence, entrepreneurship and managerial acumen;
The touch of excellence in the way you handle means, methods, materials and of course men – the business associates;
And obviously, the degree of the respect to human dignity that you accord to people generally;
… all remains “missing gaps” that are impossible to bring to the fore.

Of a truth, the footprints of your indomitable landmarks (in employment generation, entrepreneurial innovations, creative leadership and life-impactful reliefs) and empowerment that people benefited from and through you especially in the Nigerian banking sector, educational sector, Agriculture, Aviation and charitable endowments still remains an unparalleled portrait that could not be copycatted;
The unique “unifying factor” in your ability to bring together heterogeneous inter-tribal hegemony in the Nigerian economic landscape for development;
The reminiscence of your peaceful lifestyle in the conduct of business ventures has undoubtedly immortalized you as the irreplaceable and matchless icon of business mogul in Africa and across the globe;
… all will forever be remembered.

Like in the words of Dr. Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), of Edinburgh, who wrote the words of the below hymn, indeed you will continue to be remembered by what you have done sir:

“Fading away like the stars of the morning,
Losing their light in the glorious sun—
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done.

Only remembered, only remembered,
Only remembered by what we have done;
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done.

Shall we be missed, though by others succeeded,
Reaping the fields we in springtime have sown?
Yes; but the sowers must pass from their labours,
Ever remembered by what they have done.

Only the truth that in life we have spoken,
Only the seed that on earth we have sown;
These shall pass onward when we are forgotten,
Fruits of the harvest and what we have done”.

Oh, when the Saviour shall make up His jewels,
When the bright crowns of rejoicing are won,
Then shall His weary and faithful disciples
All be remembered by what they have done.

Who’ll sing the anthem and who’ll tell the story.
Will the line hold, will it scatter and run.
Shall we at last be united in glory.
Only remembered for what we have done.

Only remembered for what we have done.
Shall we at last be united in glory.
Only remembered for what we have done.
Only remembered for what we have done”.

You have fought a good fight and conquered!
We salute your courage to manly weather that unimaginable storm of your life to this time; and indeed, there remains a rest for you at the bosom of the Lord.
We celebrate you, your achievements and life well-spent today and forever.
The generations yet unborn will forever remember you.
Our eternal joy is that we will see you again at the feet of Jesus.

We therefore resign our will to God’s as we bid you farewell, … Good night. Hopefully, we shall meet you again at the feet of the LORD when the roll is called up yonder."

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 21st September 2016

"My fondest memory of Chief Ibru was when I joined the family for lunch. I had greeted him using my very, very limited Urhobo language skills. He responded in Yoruba, as he usually did. He offered me starch and banga. I told him that I had never tried starch before and didn't think that day would be the day for my first attempt. Well, how do you refuse a persuasive man's insistence that you had to try it? You simply don't! I recall when I put the starch in my mouth, Olorogun was encouraging me on the methodology of consuming starch, 'Don't chew, don't chew! Just swallow!' Unfortunately, the food didn't manage to stay down but the memory forever embedded in my heart. This was a man that treated anyone and everyone with the same disarming charm but yet you knew you were in the presence of  a great person. I once had an urgent errand to run for him, and he woke me up quite early with the instructions of the task. As he announced who was on the line, I leapt out of my bed and started prostrating. He will be greatly missed by so many for his generosity and disarming nature. My prayers are with the entire Ibru clan. God bless the man, and God bless you all. Shola Ojora"

This tribute was added by Adeyemi Olushola on 21st September 2016

"Olorogun Michael C. O. Ibru, made the world a better place with his presence and touches the heart of humans in a way others don't.

“The most powerful LEADERSHIP tool you have is your own personal examples""

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 20th September 2016

Wo rukevwe omamo obo wo rukevwe, ocha charovwero. We kobiruo.

This tribute was added by Mark Chiazor on 20th September 2016

"A quintessential Leader,  A business icon par excellence,  a man of great charitable disposition,  yet humility personified. A noble Nigerian, true.  An Igbobian of the finest traditions - our heads are raised with gratitude to the Mighty God for your life and example.
I remain honored to have attended your great alma mater, Igbobi College. The torch you have passed down to us, we remain confident, shall not go off in our hands - and, as you so portrayed the aspect of the school song: wherever there's an Igbobian, there will always be a noble Nigerian,  so shall we uphold the ideals you exemplified.
Rest in peace great Senior.
Ce ce ce ceeee.... Ceeee!!!

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 20th September 2016

"Dear Daddy,
I wish I had told you more how much I love you.
How I admire you.
How I am so proud to be your daughter.
I pray to God to give me the strength to honour you.
I know you are at peace now,
I am so overwhelmed with thanks to God for your amazing life.
Rest now Daddy, in perfect peace, forever.
with love always,
Omote xxxxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 20th September 2016

"We miss you Grandpa!!
We are sad that you are not here anymore.But,
We are happy that you are in heaven with Jesus now.
We love you forever.

Mila, Michael and Naomi-Rose xxx"

This tribute was added by Ambrose Nwadike on 20th September 2016

"President Muhammadu Buhari extends sincere condolences to the family of Olorogun Michael Ibru, who passed away on Tuesday, aged 85.

President Buhari equally commiserates with the Government and people of Delta State and the Urhobos in particular on the passage of their illustrious son and patriarch of the Ibru family.  

The President joins them in mourning an accomplished businessman whose edifying role in the corporate world and private sector in Nigeria would continue to inspire generations to come.

President Buhari believes that Michael Ibru will be long remembered for his hardwork and dedication to entrepreneurship, which opened doors of opportunities to many Nigerians and associates who came in contact with his investments in the banking, aviation, tourism and manufacturing sectors.

The President urges members of his family and all who mourn Olorogun Ibru to honour his memory by constantly upholding the values of selfless-service, inter-ethnic harmony, knowledge and perseverance, which he
passionately promoted through his successful career in the private sector.  

The President prays that God Almighty will grant his soul eternal rest.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 7, 2016"

This tribute was added by Vivi Ibru on 20th September 2016

"We (the Nigerian Chaplaincy, United Kingdom) thank God for the life and times of Michael Christopher Ibru. He was indeed a gift from God to his family and friends and to all that know him. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Confident in the faith we share with Michael, we commend his soul into the loving hands of the Lord Jesus Christ; who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It's well with the righteous. - Ven Dr Joe Ajaefobi (Chaplain)"

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