/  Co-Founder

Personal Life

Throughout her life and career, versatile executive and entrepreneur Cecilia Ibru has maintained involvement in a wide array  of professional, academic, and philanthropic endeavors. Born and raised in Nigeria, Mrs. Ibru moved abroad for her post secondary education, and she completed her A-levels in economics, British Constitution, and history before enrolling at London University to study Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) Degree in sociology. After graduating with honors from London University, Cecilia Ibru went on to obtain a Masters of Philosophy from North East London University, followed by a Certificate of Eligibility from the Council of Legal Education London.

Career / Work Experience

She commenced her career at the Ibru Organization in 1978 where she held various positions. She launched a successful career  in finance and management, beginning with a lengthy tenure at the Ibru Organization, where she served in a variety of  supervisory and executive roles. In 1990, she joined oceanic bank and rose to the peak of her career in 1997 as Chief Executive  Officer and Managing Director of Oceanic Bank International, where she spent the next 10-plus years. During this time, Mrs.  Ibru gained international renown as the “First Lady” of Nigeria’s financial sector, accumulating several honors and awards.  Among these, Cecilia Ibru secured the nomination to the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, earned an honorary doctorate from  Delta State University.

Philanthropic Deeds

Noted for her work as a philanthropist as well, Cecilia Ibru formerly served as a Trustee to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, in which capacity she performed as an Honorary Ambassador for the Women Entrepreneurs Forum and took part in the United Nations Global Compact. In addition, she has sat on the Governing Board of Delta State University and  chaired the Public Private Immunisation Foundation for the Nigerian National Immunisation Programme. Along with her  husband, Michael, she resides in Nigeria.


Ibru Village
Agbarha – Otor
Ughelli North
Delta State