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Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

Millionaire Lawyer, Prince Christmas Akpodiete Expresses His Love for Olorogun Michael Ibru

Olorogun (Dr) Michael Ibru

Olorogun (Dr) Michael Ibru


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 26TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Human right and Millionaire Lawyer, (Prince) Christmas Akpodiete,Esq. has expressed his love and likeness for industrial icon Late Olorogun (Dr.) Michael Ibru whom he grew up admiring as a great man and proud to have the privilege of being his birthday mate.
Speaking to Urhobotoday correspondent in Abuja, Akpodiete commended Michael Ibru for introducing the culture of sound business ethics which undoubtedly played a prominent role in positioning him and his siblings whom he groomed as good contacts for several foreign investors who sought out the Ibrus as business partners.
“What was outstanding in Michael Ibru’s business strides was the boldness with which he ventured into uncharted sectors that placed him at great advantage with his competitors. He set a good example for many Nigerians in the way he mentored his siblings and children. As the eldest of the seven children of his parents, he became a role model, encourager and facilitator to his younger brothers, all of whom rose to become icons in their different spheres of business activities.

Prince (Barr.) Christmas Akpodiete

Prince (Barr.) Christmas Akpodiete


“ It is perhaps to his credit that the Ibru name spread to several areas of endeavour which include fishing, hospitality, tourism, aviation, publishing, automobile distribution, banking and even to the spiritual matters of enriching the souls. The Ibru name, indeed, became a flagship,” Akpodiete observed.
Akpodiete who recalled that he grew up admiring Michael Ibru as a great man and was more proud of having him as his birthday mate said he remembered when his maternal grandfather, Prince Robert Oharisi of blessed memory use to pray for him saying in local dialect, (Urhobo) vwo fe ne Ibru”… meaning, may you be richer than Olorogun Micheal Ibru”.
He noted that Olorogun Michael Ibru with all his numerous achievements and one of the wealthiest man in the of our time, was one of the most humble men to ever walk this planet.
“I remember meeting him in the early 90’s with my father, Late, Olorogun Dr Ekuo Akpodiete,Esq. at a function in Agbarha Otor Ughelli, Delta State at a time when his younger brother, Senator Felix Ibru was the sitting Governor of Delta State, where we had lunch inside the inner chambers of the King of Agbarha Otor palace. That was the day I met the man who my grandfather always referred to as he prayed for me each time I served a drink for him as he entertain his guest. Those events remain green in my memory.
“Words are indeed insufficient to express how much I love you and how much I will miss you as a son. May your great soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord as you pass us the baton of your greatness to us.
In his words, ” Although we are saddened by your departure, we however celebrate your great life as we pray God to give us all and most especially the entire Ibru family, the strength to carry on, May God gives us the grace to exceed your records as he remembers and answer the prayers of my maternal grandfather”. Adieu papa. Amen,” Akpodiete prayed.

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