This was a challenge as he did not know how to begin and he did not have the money. In addition, Decree No. 33 was in force and precluded private persons and organizations from establishing and running tertiary institution in Nigeria. He then went to God to ask for the identity of those to help execute this project and the Lord God gave to him the names of three individuals who were already in the Ministry. They were Rev. Professor (then Dr.) John A. Okhuoya; Rev. Professor (also then Dr.) Vincent I. Iyawe and Rev. (then Deacon) Michael J. Okagbare. The Archbishop had proposed Professor John Okhuoya as the Vice-Chancellor of the University when it is built; Rev. Michael J. Okagbare as Registrar; and Professor Vincent I. Iyawe as Executive member, and assigned them the task of actualizing the divine mandate of establishing the University.
Benson Idahosa University (BIU) is a private, Christian university in Benin City, Nigeria.
BIU (previously named Christian Faith University) was renamed in honor of Archbishop Benson Idahosa, a Charismatic Pentecostal minister from Benin City, Nigeria, and reflects his evangelical beliefs. He was the first president of the university. The current president of Benson Idahosa University, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Faith Emmanuel Benson Idahosa, son of Benson Idahosa, is the Bishop of CGMi Faith Arena and Co-ordinator, Next Generation Leadership of the Church of God Mission.
BIU is accredited by Nigeria’s higher education accreditation body, the National Universities Commission. It is the only university in Africa with international membership with the United States National Academy of Inventors. Benson Idahosa University has maintained an enviable record in sports. BIU has maintained the best performance by any private university in Nigeria in all editions of Nigerian Private Universities Games, Nigerian Universities Games and West African Universities Games.
At the dedication of the multi-purpose main auditorium, the founder, Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa, said “in 1978, God told me I was going to build a university to the glory of his majesty… only God could have done that, as building a university in Nigeria then was the preserve of Federal and State Governments in Nigeria.”
The university commenced its academic programmes as Christian Faith University-Institute of Continuous Learning in 1993 at the Ugbor Campus. Successful candidates were admitted into two faculties—Basic Sciences and Management Sciences. National diploma degrees were awarded to students on completion of a two-year programme in affiliation with University of Benin, Benin City and Edo State University, Ekpoma (now Ambrose Ali University, Edo State).
The head of management was referred to as the rector. The rector was Prof. Uche Gbenedio. With support from Mike Okagbare, the registrar, and Mr. Adams, the bursar. Candidates were admitted into programmes in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Agriculture, Accounting, Economics and Political Science.
The university was later named “Benson Idahosa University” in 1998. In the 1999/2000 academic session, BIU had three faculties—Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Education.
The university received the required license to operate as a private university in Nigeria from the National Universities Commission in February, 2002.
The university’s fourth faculty is the Faculty of Law, which currently has provisional accreditation from the Council of Legal Education.
In August, 2015, BIU opened its second campus, popularly known as Legacy Campus, Okha, with the movement of Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technologies in August 2015, and commencement of Faculty of Engineering in September 2015. Prof. Ben Anyata became the First Dean, Faculty of Engineering in February, 2015.
In May, 2018, Prof. Sam Guobadia, the acting Vice Chancellor, announced the commencement of a new faculty, the Faculty of Basic Medical and Health Sciences, which is proposed to house the department of Medical Lab Sciences and Nursing.
These three then proceeded to put together the Pioneering Committee consisting of the following:
|Rev. Dr. John A. Okhuoya||Chairman|
|Rev. Dr. Vincent I. Iyawe||Executive Member|
|Deacon Michael J. Okagbare||Secretary|
|Rev. Wuni Ogundele||Member|
|Deacon Dr. E. E. Odigie||Member|
|Dr. E. Akpofure Taigbenu||Member|
|Deacon Dr. Daniel Ikhu Omoregbe||Member|
|Rev. Dr. Michael A. Ohiorenoya||Member|
|Deacon Dr. Matie Obazee||Member|
|Rev. Dr. Osagie Akpata||Member|
|Deacon V. A. Aladeselu||Member|
|Deacon Engr. Emmanuel Egbagbe||Member|
|Rev. I. S. Afeisume||Member|
|Elder M. I. Igeleke||Member|
|Rev. J. O. S. Imafidon||Member|
|Rev. Dr. S. O. Ehigiator||Member|
|Deaconess Pat. Donwa||Member|
|Dr. (Mrs.) U.B. Gbenedio||Member|
|Deaconess Leyibo Igeleke||Member|
Inspite of Decree No. 33, the Archbishop sent an application in 1992 through the Secretary of the Pioneering Committee Deacon Michael Okagbare to the National Universities Commission, asking for permission to establish and run a private University in Benin City, Nigeria. On September 12, 1992, the Archbishop and the University Pioneering Committee had invited a group of Political, Social and Christian luminaries including the erstwhile civilian State Governor, Chief John Oyegun and his Executive Council members to the foundation laying ceremony of Christian Faith University Institute of Continuous Learning to award Diploma certificates. In 1997, the Christian Faith University Institute of Continuous Learning was affiliated to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma to award degrees.
Meanwhile, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria amended Decree No. 33 and established a Special Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) at the National Universities Commission. The Archbishop mandated the University Pioneering Committee to present another application to the SCOPU at the N.U.C. Abuja for the establishment and running of the Christian Faith University. The First Chairman of SCOPU, Barrister Ajayi, accepted the application being the very first for a private university in Nigeria. The Christian Faith University Institute of Continuous Learning (now Benson Idahosa University, Benin City) was the first to apply to the National Universities Commission for consideration for approval to become a full-fledged University. On March 12, 1998, the most unexpected occurrence happened: Archbishop Benson Idahosa was called home by his Lord and Master. With the demise of the Archbishop, the wife, Rev. Margaret Benson-Idahosa took over the reigns of Church of God Mission International, first as Presiding Bishop, and later as Archbishop. She continued to provide the leadership and drive toward the actualization of the proposed University.
In February 2002, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the agency of the National Universities Commission granted a license to Benson Idahosa University to operate as a University, thus bringing to fruition the mandate of God Almighty to Archbishop Benson Idahosa to establish a University. The first Vice-Chancellor of the new University was Prof. Eghosa Osagie while Mr. E. M. Obadan was the first Registrar. The President of the University was, and still is Bishop FEB Idahosa under the Chancellor, Archbishop Margaret E. Benson-Idahosa, J.P., O.O.N.
Benson Idahosa University aspires to be model for Academics, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, who will be effective disciples for Christ by excelling in their professional fields. It will be distinguished by high performance in interdisciplinary research, addressing national and international problems, eliminating wrong behavioural patterns among students and becoming a storehouse of knowledge to be used for benefit of mankind on Christian ethical principles designed to change the nation and the continent by changing one student’s life at a time.
Benson Idahosa University is a private Christian University providing state-of-the-art undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education. We are committed to the mission of raising leaders for the nation, who are complete in spirit, mind and body, thus contributing to the production of high-level leadership and quality manpower for the nation and the world. We perform these functions by judiciously utilising current information and communication technology, networking with similar institutions worldwide, putting people first in operations and emphasising Christian ethical values. The beneficiaries of the University’s service are students, employers of labour, present and future generations, Nigeria and the global community.
Our Core Purpose
Our Core Values (TOP-TIAA)
Transparency & Integrity
Academic excellence with Godliness
The university had its first convocation ceremony (postgraduate diplomas and bachelor’s degrees in arts and sciences) on 25 September 2004, with Prof. E.T Ehiametalor as pro-chancellor, Prof. Eghosa Osagie as vice chancellor and E.M. Obadan as registrar. The Chancellor, Archbishop Margaret Benson E. Idahosa OON, was conferred with a Doctor of Letters degree.
|Year||Convocation lecturer||Honorary doctorate awardee|
|2004||Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa – Letters|
|2005||Prof. Grace Alele-Williams|
|2007||Prof. Grace Alele-Williams||Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa – Letters|
|2009||Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adegbite||Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru – Business Administration|
|2010||Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim|
|2011||Comrade Adams Oshiomhole||Chief (Mrs.) Stella Okoli – Business Administration|
Maj. Gen. Godwin Abbe – Public Administration
Com. Adams Oshiomhole – Political Science
|2012||Engr. Goddie Isibor – Business Administration|
Chief Lemon Ikpea – Business Administration
Deacon Daniel Eghobamien – Business Administration
|2013||Prof. Julius Ihonvbere|
|2014||Hon. Kingsley Kuku||Deacon Vincent Agenmonmen – Business Administration|
|2015||Chief Olusegun Obasanjo||Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – Divinity|
|2016||Prof. Sidi Osho|
|2017||Ogiame Ikenwoli, Olu of Warri Kingdom – Divinity|
Benson Idahosa University alumni comprise graduates of the then Christian Faith University, which later translated into Benson Idahosa University. Alumni groups and chapters have been organized in several states with a view to carrying on the traditions of BIU and strengthening ties and communication between alumni and the university. The association has been in existence since 2004.