By Fred Iwenjora
Olorogun Oskar Ibru, the articulate socialite first son of renowned business guru Late Michael Ibru who runs and oversees the many activities of the Ibru organization turned 60 years recently.
For the man who means different things to many people plenty things are still happening around since that day despite that he marked the day with sober reflections.
Aside from his son Chris preparing to give him a second grandchild after getting married to Ibiyinka Akinnola in a well attended ceremony in Lagos, insiders say Olorogun Oskar feels so blessed in his new age and wants to devote the next phase of his life to farming in his Delta state village home.
In the past few years, Olorogun Oskar has been spending more time at the village where he had acquired over 4000 acres of land for this new interests in agriculture.
In an interview he granted Encomium a few years back he had talked about going home to live and farm “I am retiring in three years from Lagos. I am going into cassava business; I have about 4,000 hectares of land. I am growing cassava right now. I have the largest piggery in the country, with over 2,000 pigs.
I have a poultry farm with about 25,000 birds. I have archery, I have a very massive fish pond and I am going into agriculture full time. And if you want to see me, come to Aghara Otor, seven minutes drive from Ughelli, which is 20 minutes from Warri and you can find me in my home. And you are welcome to my house of palm wine, red oil, soap, fish, pigs, banga soup and chicken”.
Will he change his life style? It does not seem so as he confirmed that “My business principle is do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Love thy neighbours as thyself. Cut your coat according to your cloth, know yourself no be curse. Simple as that. My mother trained me that way. An expensive simplicity. Very important”.
OLOROGUN Oskar Christopher Eyovbirere Ibru is Otunba Bayejo of Ijebuland and Odomese of Olomu Kingdom. He was a former president of the Nigeria Shippers council.