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Igbinedion jets off to South Africa for 81st birthday, plus pics of Benin celebration
Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and wife Lady Cherry Igbinedion at the Morning Dew Service

Igbinedion jets off to South Africa for 81st birthday, plus pics of Benin celebration

By Ajayi Oyebo

Top Businessman and philanthropist, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion has jetted off to South Africa to begin the second leg of his 81st birthday celebrations.

The rich businessman, who owned the very popular Okada airlines was spotted at the Murtala Muhammed Airport late last night with his wife, Lady Cherry as they boarded a South African Airways flight. They were the last passengers. We gathered that he is scheduled to host a dinner on Friday, September 18th  and a church service on Sunday, September 20th in Johannesburg.

The event  was attended by many traditional rulers and very prominent Nigerians including Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, the owner of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower. It was heart-warming for the Igbinedions because despite the early morning downpour,  the venue, a giant marquee, was filled to capacity.

Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion on his 81st birthday with fife, Lady Cherry

Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion on his 81st birthday

Sir Gabriel and Lady Cherry Igbinedion

Sir Gabriel and Lady Cherry Igbinedion

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion at the church service

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion at the church service

Chief Dan Orbih and Senator Matthew Urhoghide

Chief Dan Orbih and Senator Matthew Urhoghide

 

Mr. Osa Osunde and wife, Patience

Mr. Osa Osunde and wife, Patience

Lady Cherry Igbinedion, Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, Barr. (Mrs. Mabel Amadi & Hon. Charles Igbinedion

Lady Cherry Igbinedion, Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, Barr. (Mrs). Mabel Amadi & Hon. Charles Igbinedion

Chief Igbinedion with an Ife Chief

Chief Igbinedion with an Ife Chief

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion with high ranking Benin Chief

Chief Gabriel Igbinedion with high ranking Benin Chief

 

 

 

 

R-L: Hon Leo Ogor, Minority Leader, House of Reps, Mr. Steve Igbenindion with guest

R-L: Hon Leo Ogor, Minority Leader, House of Reps, Mr. Steve Igbinedion with guest

Hon. Sam Ikon, Mr. Garrick Egboigbe with Hon. Omosede Igbinedion

Hon. Sam Ikon, Mr. Garrick Egboigbe with Hon. Omosede Igbinedion

Osa Osunde, Dr. Victor Uwaifo with Chief Lucky Igbinedion

Osa Osunde, Dr. Victor Uwaifo with Chief Lucky Igbinedion

Barr. (Mrsr) Dirisu, HRM Dr. A. Y. E. Dirisu and Chief Amos Osunbor

Barr. (Mrsr) Dirisu, HRM Dr. A. Y. E. Dirisu and Chief Amos Osunbor

HRM {(AMB) Aikpaogie and Oba Akadiri Momoh, the Olukare of ikare.

HRM {(AMB) Aikpaogie and Oba Akadiri Momoh, the Olukare of ikare.

Orobosa Igbinedion with Mrs. Angela Igbinedion

Orobosa Igbinedion with Mrs. Angela Igbinedion

Mondi Aigbedion (right) with guests

Mondi Aigbedion (right) with guests

Top present and former aides of Esama of Benin

Top present and former aides of Esama of Benin

Dr Raymond Dokpesi and the GM, A.I.T Mr. Christopher Ebuelse

Dr Raymond Dokpesi and the GM, A.I.T Mr. Christopher Ebuelse

HRM Igwe Dr. A. F Chimaeze the Emetumah iii and HRM Queen F.I Emetumah,

HRM Igwe Dr. A. F Chimaeze the Emetumah iii and HRM Queen F.I Emetumah,

PDP leaders

PDP leaders

Special Senate Session of Igbinedion University, Okada in honour of Pro Chancellor

Special Senate Session of Igbinedion University, Okada in honour of Pro Chancellor

Pastors of morning Glory Fellowship in Benin praying for Chief Igbinedion.

Pastors of morning Glory Fellowship in Benin praying for Chief Igbinedion.

Sir ( Dr) Chief Gabriel Igbinedion taking the kick off at the Novelty match

Sir ( Dr) Chief Gabriel Igbinedion taking the kick off at the Novelty match

Chief Igbinedion with eldest son, Chief Lucky at the match

Chief Igbinedion with eldest son, Chief Lucky at the match

Chief Lucky Igbinedion with Nollywood FC team

Chief Lucky Igbinedion with Nollywood FC team

Alan Omorogbe with Bright Igbinedion at the match

Alan Omorogbe with Bright Igbinedion at the match

Chief Igbinedion presenting a cup to the winning team, Crescent FC

Chief Igbinedion presenting a cup to the winning team, Crescent FC

 

 

The service was a very spiritually stimulating experience and Chief Igbinedion stated that he had God to thank for seeing him through life in good times and bad times. He kept singing and praising the Almighty throughout the occasion.

His darling wife, Lady Cherry Igbinedion told us that God has been very good to the House of Igbinedion and it was only fitting that the celebrations formally start with praise in the vineyard of the Lord. She used the opportunity to thank all those who had turned up for the occasion-and was happy that each year the number of guests had increased, a testimony to the amount of impact the Chief Igbinedion and the family has had on society.

It will be recalled that when he turned 70, the flamboyant Chief who holds the title of Esama of Benin but fondly called Esama of the Univers, hosted events in Benin, South Africa, London (where he visited House of Parliament and a dinner at the 5-star Hilton, Park Lane) and Abuja.The September 11th, 81st birthday  celebrations formally kicked off  in Benin, Edo State with a Morning Dew interdenominational church service held inside his imposing home in Benin.

Of course, there were days of activities spanning over three weeks were individuals and organisations came to pay homage to a man who had touched many lives. His son, former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion also hosted a novelty match between Nollywood FC and Crescent FC to commemorate the birthday.It was fun all the way.

 

 

 

 

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