Chief Michael C.O. Ibru
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Michael C.O. Ibru

It’s hard for people outside West Africa to understand Chief Michael Ibru’s impact on Nigeria. He seemed a godsend to the Urhobo people, the most populous group in Delta State. A man of strong faith, compassion, and humility, he was also a hard worker in everything he did. .

From the humble beginnings of a trainee manager in a British conglomerate in Lagos, Chief Michael Ibru’s journey to becoming a serial entrepreneur was a testament to his resilience and determination. He guided his family to become one of the most prosperous dynasties in Africa in the 20th century. His groundbreaking efforts in establishing one of Nigeria’s most successful deep-sea trawling companies and introducing frozen fish revolutionised the fisheries industry, transforming the Nigerian economy and touching the lives of many. 

With an expanding family portfolio of diverse investments spanning several continents, Chief Michael Ibru decided to make London his European base and moved his family there. They purchased 6 Kensington Park Gardens in 1974, which would remain the family home for over 45 years. In 2007, he made the difficult decision to leave London and return to Nigeria permanently, a testament to his deep love for his home country.

Chief Michael Ibru passed away on 6th September 2016 at age 85, leaving behind a legacy that transcends borders. His life was a testament to his commitment to his faith and community. His regular attendance at St. John’s Notting Hill Parish, Diocese of London, and philanthropic endeavours reflected his moral rectitude. The plaque ceremony, blessed by the current pastor, Rev’d Canon Dr William Taylor, was a testament to his deep-rooted values. The plaque was the NJCT’s 20th in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the 81st installed by the Nubian Jak Community Trust.

Location: 6 Kensington Park Gardens, London, W11, 3HB

“Daddy was a charismatic man, charming, cool and elegant; humility and integrity were values he regarded highly. He had a tirelessness to create business and to generate opportunities with generations in mind. His legacy lives on.” Ms. A O Vivi Ibru - Daughter of Chief Michael Ibru

"I am honoured to be unveiling this plaque in honour of Chief Michael Ibru who chose to make his home in Kensington and Chelsea for over 45 years. A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, impacting many in Nigeria and in London." Councilor David Lindsay - The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

“It is incredibly humbling to honour an individual who epitomised the word humble. Through all his achievements Chief Ibru never forgot his origins or lost his humanity. The Trust is delighted that Chief Ibru will become the first Nigerian to receive a blue plaque in the Royal borough.” Dr Jak Beula - CEO of Nubian Jak Community Trust