Benson Idahosa University
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|Motto||Academic excellence with Godliness|
|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|
|Colors||Royal Blue, Gold and white|
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 (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)
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 (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.
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 4th Faculty is the Faculty of Law which currently has provisional accreditation from the (Nigeria) Council of Legal Education  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.
Year Convocation Lecturer Honorary Doctorate Awardee 2004 Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa- Letters 2005 Prof. Grace Alele-Williams 2007 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 ! B-I-U
- Benson Idahosa University Communication and Brand Strategy Unit (CBSU)