Publisher of the Guardian, Alex Ibru who passed on at 2:30pm on Sunday, November 20th left an indelible mark in the Nigerian journalism space.
Known simply as Alex Ibru, he founded the Guardian in 1983 with a mission to make it one of the five best English language newspapers in the world. The arrival of The Guardian on the newsstands in 1983 changed the character of newspaper publishing in Nigeria with its insistence on conscience and truth as pillars of the trade as well as its emphasis on greater intellectualism in newspaper reporting and analysis.
The Guardian soon established itself as the inspiration of an emergent tradition in Nigerian journalism: A tradition of robust activism and creativity. The newspaper’s continued success is an affirmation of Mr. Ibru’s vision and commitment.
Before The Guardian, Alex Ibru was a businessman with investments in the automobile, construction and hospitality sectors; he decided to set up a newspaper out of a resolve to give back to society.
“From 1978,” he said, “I started asking God, what am I going to do with all I have been blessed with? What is the purpose of my contentment?”
It was not through The Guardian alone, established with a resolve to empower the poor, the defenceless and the voiceless in society, that Mr. Ibru gave back to society: He was in addition, Chairman of Trinity Foundation, a philanthropic organisation which provides support for the poor, and founder of the IBRU Centre which supports the Christian Anglican denomination and Ecumenical studies.
Born on March 1, 1945, Alex Ibru attended Yaba Methodist Primary School (1951 – 1957), Ibadan Grammar School (1958 –1960), Igbobi Grammar School (1960 – 1963), and the University of Trent (formerly Trent Polytechnic) (1967-1970), where he studied Business Economics.