Throughout her life and career, versatile executive and entrepreneur Cecilia Ibru has maintained involvement in a wide array of professional, academic, and philanthropic endeavours. 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 honours from London University, followed by a certificate of Eligibility from the council of Legal Education London. 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 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 over 10 years. During this time, Mrs Ibru gained international recognition and known as the “First lady” of Nigeria’s financial sector, accumulating several honours and awards. Among these, Cecilia Ibru secured the nomination to the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, earned an honorary doctorate from Delta State University.
Noted for her hard work as a philanthropist as well, Cecilia Ibru formerly served as Trustee to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, in which capacity, she performed as 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 Immunization Programme. Along with her husband, Micheal, she resides in Nigeria. Presently, she is the President of Michael and Cecilia Foundation college of Education (MCFCOE), and Michel and Cecilia Foundation Demonstration Schools (MCFDS)