By Salamatu Yunusa

Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, born on February 7, 1929, is the fourth traditional ruler and the current Ohinoyi of Ebiraland. Ebiraland is a traditional state with its headquarters in Okene, Kogi State, located in the Middle Belt of Nigeria┬╣. Let’s delve into his fascinating life and journey:

Early Years and Education:
Alhaji Ado Ibrahim attended both Western nursery schools and Quranic schools during his formative years.
He completed his primary education in 1940 at the Native Authority (NA) primary school in Okene, which was part of the Northern Region (now Kogi State).
His secondary education took him to Ondo Boys High School and later to Oduduwa College, where he graduated in 1949. He pursued higher education abroad, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from the Harvard Business School in 1959.

Enthronement as Ohinoyi:
Following the death of Ohinoyi Sanni Omolori of the Oziada clan in 1997, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim ascended the Ohinoyi throne as the second Ohinoyi or fourth independent traditional ruler of Ebiraland on June 2, 1997. During his reign, he constructed the magnificent Azad Palace, named after one of his sons. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in West Africa.

Life Philosophy and Legacy:
Alhaji Ado Ibrahim attributed his longevity and well-being to his father’s teachings: “Don’t smoke, don’t drink.”
He had never consumed alcohol or smoked.
– His active lifestyle included playing polo and maintaining a fitness regimen.
– His principle: “Work while you work, play while you play.”
At 94, he remained an influential figure in Ebiraland.

Alhaji Ado Ibrahim’s life is a testament to resilience, wisdom, and dedication to tradition. His reign as Ohinoyi has left an indelible mark on Ebiraland, and his commitment to health and discipline serves as an inspiration for generations to come.

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