THE LARGER THAN LIFE IMAGE OF LATE OLOROGUN MICHAEL IBRU(OTOTA): CLOSE AID HENRY MUOGHO COMPARES HIM TO JACKSON, PELE ,OTHERS
*As told by his adopted son/trusted aide, Chief Henry MUAGHO
"While I was growing up in the village in the 60's and early 70's the name IBRU was MYTH, I used to think that he was a spirit,because he was larger than life.HE WAS VERY Articulate and meticulous.HE BELIEVED IN STRIVING TOWARDS PERFECTION IN EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS HIS NAME ON"
*A special memorial series by Chief Mike CERUTTI
The Ibru Organization, established in 1956, became one of the largest conglomerates in Nigeria. By 1990 it had between 9,000 and 11,000 employees. By 2009 the Ibru Organization was a multi-billion dollar business with interests that included shipping, agriculture, aviation, banking, oil and gas.
The Ibru family are Urhobo peolpe from Agbarha-Otor, near Ughele in Delta State . The family patriarch was Chief Peter Epete Ibru, a missionary who worked for much of his life in Yorubaland His wife Janet Omotogor Ibru was the matriarch of Ibru dynasty, aged 98 years when she died on 15 March 2006. She was a trader, and was closely involved in the organization. The founder of the firm was their son Michael IBRU. Michael gained a secondary education at Igbobi College, then worked for the United AFRICA company from 1951 until 1956. That year, aged 24, he partnered with Jimmy Large, an Englishman, to form the Laibru general trading company, and also bought a share of Ace Jimonma, a construction firm