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At second memorial lecture, U.S. don lauds Michael Ibru’s pioneering spirit


Late Olorogun Michael Christopher Onajirhevbe Ibru

Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Montana Technological University, Butte, United States, Prof. Beverly Karplus Hartline, has commended the late Otota of Agbarha Kingdom, Olorogun Michael Ibru, for his pioneering spirit in business, education and other endeavours.

In her presentation, entitled Great Ideas Need Money: Writing Wining Proposals to Pursue Your Dreams, at the second annual Memorial Lecture of the departed business mogul yesterday at his hometown of Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli North Local Council, Delta State, the American don noted that besides money being key to any enterprise, the initiator must first of all figure out how to raise the funds to create and run it successfully.

Customarily, the guest speaker at the maiden edition was a member of the Ghanaian Parliament and Minister of Information, Fritz Baffour.


Prof. Hartline equally praised Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru for taking the giant step alongside her husband in providing access to know-how by establishing the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) in Agbarha-Otor.

Stating that some dreams could be nightmarish, the U.S. teacher lauded Mrs. Ibru for their good one, and therefore, presented to her an indigenous American artefact known as “Dream Catcher” which she said, had been in use by indigenous Americans long before money came to their communities.

The don explained that the artefact is believed to have the spiritual capacity to accept good dreams and reject bad ones.

The representative of the Ibru family, Mr. Goody Ibru, congratulated his sister-in law for carrying on with the wonderful dreams of his late brother, noting: “You have done a good job, and I must congratulate you and the management of MCIU.

Michael Ibru was my brother and as a young entrepreneur, the first thing he did was to donate a high school to Agbarha-Otor community known today as the Ibru College.”

The elaborate event was attended by dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria, including former Governor James Ibori; world’s oldest monarch, the 100-year-old Owhorode of Olomu, Ovie R. L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I; erstwhile Deputy governor Amos Utuama (SAN); President General, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses Taiga and Prof. Mrs. Otele.

Others were Prof. Johnson Ekpere of the University of Ibadan; Prof. Anthony Kila from University of Cambridge; Deputy Vice Chancellor, MCIU, Prof. Dicta Ogisi, as well as government functionaries and community leaders.

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