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July 10, 2024

Edo 2024 guber: Meet Monday Okpebholo, entrepreneur and APC candidate

Edo 2024 guber: Meet Monday Okpebholo, entrepreneur and APC candidate


By Miftaudeen Raji

Senator Monday Okpebholo emerged as a prominent figure in the Nigerian politics, notably following his triumph in the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election for the 2024 gubernatorial contest in Edo State.

His journey from modest origins to political eminence underscores his steadfast commitment and resilience.

Vanguard explores his background and trajectory, highlighting the qualities that distinguish him in the Edo state governorship race.

Born in 1970 in Uromi, Edo State, Okpebholo was raised in a modest family, and imbued with the core values of integrity and diligence. These would profoundly influence his path in life.


His upbringing in Uromi encompassed schooling at local institutions for both primary and secondary education, laying the groundwork for his future accomplishments.

Okpebholo’s educational journey has been instrumental in shaping his career trajectory. Following his early schooling in Uromi, he embarked on higher education at the University of Benin. There, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, laying a solid foundation for his academic pursuits.

Driven by a passion for further learning, he pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the same institution. Subsequently, he further honed his expertise by obtaining a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan.

In addition to his advanced degrees, he holds certificates in Legislative Studies and Management from esteemed Nigerian institutes, underscoring his dedication to continuous personal and professional development.


Okpebholo’s family background is deeply intertwined with the fabric of Edo State. Raised in a tight-knit family, he was imbued with the fundamental principles of honesty and a commitment to serving the community.

Despite ascending to political eminence, he maintains a strong connection with his familial heritage, deriving strength from their steadfast backing. This familial support system has served as a cornerstone in shaping his character and has been pivotal in his overarching achievements.

Senator Monday Okpebholo is married and blessed with four children, each excelling in their chosen endeavors. Their familial harmony mirrors stability and mutual regard, fostering an environment conducive to Senator Okpebholo’s personal fulfillment and triumphs.

The entrepreneur

Senator Monday Okpebholo has cultivated a diverse portfolio, encompassing ventures in hospitality, construction, oil and gas, and agriculture.

Senator Okpebholo maintains a down-to-earth demeanor and directs his resources towards philanthropic causes aimed at empowering the underprivileged. This dedication to giving back underscores his character and unwavering commitment to effecting positive change within society.

Okpebholo proudly embraces his Nigerian identity, embodying the vibrant cultural mosaic that characterizes the nation. His heritage epitomizes the richness and unity intrinsic to Nigerian society, serving as a beacon of inspiration for countless individuals.

Political journey

Senator Okpebholo’s journey into politics commenced in 2003 with his candidacy for the House of Representatives on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His electoral triumph signified the onset of a rewarding political vocation defined by an unwavering commitment to serving the public.

Throughout his tenure, he emerged as a fervent champion for his constituents, lending his voice to critical issues spanning agriculture, rural development, and legislative reform.

Senator Monday Okpebholo’s notable accomplishments in both the realms of business and politics underscore his steadfast dedication to excellence and service.

Through the establishment of thriving enterprises that generate employment opportunities and the formulation of legislative policies addressing pivotal national concerns, his influence reverberates across diverse sectors. His unwavering advocacy for marginalized communities and endeavors aimed at cultivating inclusive growth have garnered widespread recognition and acclaim.

Apart from his involvement in politics and business, Senator Monday Okpebholo is a committed Christian and an active member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.

Charity legacy

He is recognized for his charitable work through the Monday Okpebholo Foundation, which offers scholarships, healthcare services, and vocational training to underprivileged communities. Despite his considerable wealth, Senator Okpebholo exhibits a humble attitude and places the well-being of others above his own personal gain.

The trajectory of Senator Okpebholo from a modest background to a prominent political figure serves as a testament to the enduring Nigerian spirit of resilience and determination.

His unwavering commitment to public service, combined with his entrepreneurial prowess, has garnered widespread admiration and respect throughout the nation.

As he launches his gubernatorial campaign, Okpebholo envisions a thriving and inclusive Edo State with a guiding light, offering hope for the prosperity of future generations.