Benson Idahosa University

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Benson Idahosa University
Motto Academic excellence with Godliness
Type Private
Established February, 2002
Affiliation Church of God Mission International (CGMi)
Chancellor Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa OON
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie FNAI
Location Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
Campus Benin
Colors Royal Blue, Gold and white

The Benson Idahosa University also known as 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,[1] son of Benson Idahosa, is the Bishop of CGMi Faith Arena and Co-ordinator, Next Generation Leadership (NGL) of the Church of God Mission.

BIU is fully accredited by Nigeria's higher education accreditation body, the National Universities Commission (NUC). BIU is the only University in Africa with International membership with the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI)[2]



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." [3]

The University commenced its academic programmes as Christian Faith University-Institute of Continuous Learning (CFU-ICL) 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 two (2) year programme in affiliation with University of Benin, Benin City and Edo State University, Ekpoma. The Head of Management was referred to as the RECTOR. The rector was Prof. Uche Gbenedio. With support from Mr. Mike Okagbare (Registrar) and Mr. Adams (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 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.[4]

The University received the required license to operate as a private University in Nigeria from the National Universities Commission in February, 2002.[5] The University's 4th Faculty is the Faculty of Law which currently has provisional accreditation from the (Nigeria) Council of Legal Education [6] In August, 2015, BIU officially 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.


The University had its first convocation ceremony (Post Graduate Diplomas and bachelor's degrees in Arts & Sciences)on the 25th of 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.

Convocation Ceremony

Year               Convocation Lecturer                     Honorary Doctorate Awardee 
2004                                                        Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa- Letters
2005              Prof. Grace Alele-Williams          
2008              Donald Duke
2009              Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adegbite           Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru - Business Administration
2010              Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim                                         
2011              Comrade Adams A. 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 A. 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                   
2015 (Special)                                              Pastor Chris Oyakhilome - Divinity 
2016              Prof. Sidi Osho



BIU, Thou fruit of faith, Thy fame spread far and wide.
With hearts of joy, we sing of thee, stand firm in truth and honesty.
Gold and white for excellence, Academics with Godliness. 
Building leaders all in faith, for all endeavours the future hold. 
(refrain x2) Forward we go...(repeat)in good Faith (repeat), God is our guide, our help we shall never fail. 
Amen ! Amen ! Amen !


Uti Nwachukwu (Winner, Big Brother Africa 5:All Stars) B.Sc Ed Computer Education 2009


Rev. Wale Feso (Presiding Pastor, Charismatic Renaissance Intl) B.Sc Accounting 2003


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Coordinates: 6°20′N 5°38′E / 6.333°N 5.633°E / 6.333; 5.633