Benedict Ayade

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Sir Benedict Ayade
Senator Ben Ayade
Executive Governor, Cross River state
Governor of Cross River State
Assumed office
29 May 2015
DeputyIvara Esu
Preceded byLiyel Imoke
Governor of Cross River State
In office
April 2011 – May 2015
Personal details
Born (1968-03-02) 2 March 1968 (age 54)
Kakum, Obudu LGA, Cross River State, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (2021–present)
Other political
People's Democratic Party (2011–2021)
SpouseLinda Ayade
ProfessionEnvironmentalist, Lawyer

Sir Ayade Benedict Bengiuoshuye listen CON was born on the 2nd of March, 1968 and hails from Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State.[citation needed]

He holds a B.Sc., LLB, BL, M.Sc., MBA, LLM and a Ph.D. He bagged his PhD at a tender age of 26 from the prestigious University of Ibadan and became a professor of science at the age of 36.[citation needed]

His research works have won him several awards including a 6 million JPY from Japan for his contribution to Methano Genenesis and Global Warming (Ph.D. grant).[citation needed]

He is currently researching into Pasture fortification and meristemasis as a solution to farmers-herders clashes. He invented and carried out the first ever ground water remediation for the oil and gas industry in Africa.[citation needed]

Sir Ben Ayade was elected to the 7th Senate in 2011 where he had forty one (41) Bills to his credit, being the highest ever by a Nigerian Senator as at 2015. His Bills centered on Housing Right, Employment, Poverty Reduction, Social Welfare and the advancement of Nigeria from third world to first world.[citation needed]

Professor Ben Ayade was also elected as the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria in 2015. As Governor, Ayade has established several industries and they are now awaiting concession and commercial production. These industries include but not limited to, the Pharmaceutical Factory, Vegetable Oil Factory, Cocoa to Chocolate Factory, Poultry Factory, Noodle Factory, Feed Mill, Rice Mill, Seed and Seedling Factory, Toothpick Factory, Industrial Starch Factory, Garment Factory, Pile and Pilon Factory, etc.[citation needed]

He Constructed the Calabar-Odukpani, dualization, the Obanlikwu-Bekwara dualization and the Ogoja-Yala-dualization making him the Governor with the highest length of dual carriageway in Nigeria.[citation needed]

Ayade Benedict is at the pre-commissioning phase of the most sophisticated Specialist Hospital, Professional International University and first ever Ultramodern Solar Boutique Airport in Africa.[citation needed]

He is married to a British Certified Medical Doctor, Dr Linda Ayade, and is blessed with three (3) children.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Obudu LGA of Cross River State on the 2nd of March, 1968 to the family of Mr. Peter Akinsheye Ayade and Mrs. Beatrice Ngayi Ayade, the patriarch and matriarch of the Ayade Dynasty, both of blessed memory. He hails from Kakum Village, Ipong Ward of Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. His parents were both devout Catholics. His father worked as a public servant with the water board.[1]


Benedict Ayade received his primary education at St. Stephens Primary School, Obudu, and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Obudu, Nigeria, for his secondary education.[citation needed]

Ayade earned his B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria (1984–1988). He then proceeded to obtain his M.Sc. in microbiology (1989–1990) and subsequently his Ph.D. in environmental microbiology from the same University of Ibadan (1990–1994), winning the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Environmental Microbiology. Ayade also has an MBA (2000–2002) from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State. Ayade is a lawyer with a LLB law degree (2006–2010) from Delta State University, Abraka.[2] Ayade went on to work as a lecturer at Delta State University, Abraka, where he was subsequently appointed professor.[3]

From his work in groundwater remediation in Nigeria, Ayade invented a sewage treatment plant powered by solar energy.[4]

Appointments/political career[edit]

  • Chairman of Ecological Fund
  • Chairman of International Institute of Environmental Research
  • Member of Strategic Policy Advisory Council
  • Member of Nigeria Association of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member of Cross River State Poverty Alleviation Board[5]

Ayade ventured into politics when he ran for a seat in the Nigerian Senate in the 2011 elections as a member of the PDP. Ayade was elected by accumulating a total of 91,123 votes.[citation needed]

During his term in the Senate, Ayade held the position of vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology. He was also a member of other committees such as Petroleum Downstream, Education, Drugs/Narcotics/Crime etc.[citation needed]

Ayade won the gubernatorial poll again on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 2015 elections in Cross River State, having polled 342,016 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress candidate in the state, Odey Ochicha, with 53,983 votes.[6]

Ayade recontested in the 2019 gubernatorial elections as a member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and was reelected as the governor of Cross River State.[7][8][9]


Ayade was awarded the 2016 Vanguard Governor of the Year.[10]

Ayade was awarded the 2019 Champion Newspaper Governor of the Year.[11]

Ayade was awarded the 2020 Leadership newspaper Governor of the year.

Ayade was also awarded the Blueprint Newspaper Governor of the Year on Agro-industrializatihin 2021. The e award was in recognition of his developmental strides on Agro-industrialization.

On 24 August 2019, Ayade was invested as the Knight of St. John (KSJ) International by the Roman Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral, the seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Calabar.[12]

In October 2022, he was awarded a national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by president Muhammadu Buhari.[13]

Family and personal life[edit]

Ayade is married to Dr. Linda Ayade and has 3 children.[14] His hobbies include reading, playing and watching games, as well as dancing.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade's Website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Ayade: A Governor and Philanthropist @51". THISDAYLIVE. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ Channels TV (6 December 2015). "Gov. Ayade Leads African Governors to Climate Summit in Paris". Channels TV. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  5. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Senator Ayade Wins Cross River Governorship With Landslide". Cross River watch. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Ayade wins re-election as governor of Cross River". 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ Channels TV (6 December 2015). "Gov. Ayade Leads African Governors to Climate Summit in Paris". Channels TV. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  9. ^ "INEC declares Ben Ayade winner of Cross Rivers governorship election". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak tv. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  10. ^ Vanguard Newspaper (14 March 2017). "Vanguard Gov of the Year Award: Gowon, Anyaoku, laud Ayade". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  11. ^ Ulom, Frank (19 November 2019). "Champion Newspaper Awards Ayade Governor Of The Year 2019". The Paradise News. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  12. ^ Ulom, Frank (25 August 2019). "Governor Ayade Is Now A Knight Of St. John (KSJ)". The Paradise News. Archived from the original on 13 July 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  13. ^ "News in Photographs: Buhari Confers National Honours on Distinguished Nigerians, Foreigners – THISDAYLIVE". Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  14. ^ "Gov Ayade's wife kicks off health insurance scheme". Punch Newspapers. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  15. ^ Senator Ben Ayade Online Media Team (13 January 2015). "Meet Sen Ben Ayade". Senator Ben Ayade website. Retrieved 13 January 2015.