The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, an eminent figure in the traditional landscape of Nigeria, has passed away at the age of 95 in the early hours of Sunday. His demise, attributed to age-related ailments, has left the Ebiraland community in mourning and initiated preparations for his burial, adhering to Islamic rites.
Dr. Ado Ibrahim ascended to the revered position of Ohinoyi in 1997. This coronation came under the auspices of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, then-Governor of Kogi State. He succeeded Sanni Omolorim, who held the esteemed title between 1957 and 1997.
Born on February 7, 1929, Dr. Ado Ibrahim began his educational journey in both Western Nursery and Quranic schools. His primary education was completed in 1940 at the Native Authority (NA) primary school in Okene, part of the former Northern Region, which is now Kogi State.
Continuing his quest for knowledge, Dr. Ibrahim embarked on his secondary education at Ondo Boys High School. Subsequently, he made the transition to Oduduwa College, where he graduated in 1949, marking a significant milestone in his academic pursuits.
His academic voyage took him across the seas to the London School of Economics, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1954. His commitment to higher education was unrelenting, and he furthered his studies at Harvard Business School, acquiring a master’s degree in 1959.
The passing of Dr. Ado Ibrahim signifies the conclusion of a life characterized by dedication to education, a commitment to his community, and a profound understanding of the traditional heritage of Ebiraland. As the Ebiraland community mourns the loss of this distinguished leader, his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.