The 8th Of March 2023 is globally celebrated as International Women’s Day & It also happens to be the 40th Birthday Celebrations Of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour GRVThe Labour Party LP Governorship Aspirant.
Instead of celebration he spent part of the day campaigning and went to visit and empathise with the traders who were victims of the Ajegunle Spare Parts Market whose shops were burnt down as a result of the electoral tensions leading to the March 11 Gubernatorial Polls.
After inspecting and talking to the traders, he donated N15m as part of his support towards cushioning the traders’ pains and promised to rebuild the entire market when elected governor.
GRV as he is popularly known is a people’s man and has run an impressive campaign so far with a huge following that has enjoyed an even bigger boost with the recent victory of his principal Peter Obi of The Labour Party in Lagos against the ruling party APC.
Many of these on and offline supporters include members of the Peter Obi or Obidient Movement which are majorly youths and hopefuls for a NEW NIGERIA.
A true Lagosian and scion of the reputable and popular Rhodes family of Lagos Island with a history dating up to 400 years.
GRV describes himself as a Lagos boy, an Omo Eko proper, and speaks of his Lagos Rhodes Vivour family pedigree and their stellar contributions to the development of Lagos –these include the foremost legal luminaries and judges from the 1800s such as Steven Bankole Rhodes, to his uncles, Yinka Rhodes The Bamofin Of Lagos, the Supreme Court Judge, Bode Rhodes Vivour, and his father, Barrister Olawale Rhodes Vivour who married his mum Mrs. Stella Rhodes-Vivour, and the popular late musician Elder Steve Rhodes.
The land upon which City Hall Lagos is built belongs to his family and his great parents estate owned the largest plantation in Lagos.
The Nottingham UK and MIT trained architect in his Manifesto laid out a plan to get Lagos working with his focus on how to uplift Lagos, his beloved state of birth and lineage by resolving the perennial Lagos traffic problem through building four new rail lines in four years, whose multiplier effects would create jobs throughout our economy, resolving the massive unemployment and underemployment that is the ‘Area Boy’ culture, provide housing and social services and more.
The 40-year-old celebrant is happily married to Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour an Oxford & Harvard Ph.D. trained molecular biologist and they have 2 boys.
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour, is an embodiment of the successful unity of Yoruba, Igbo, and other Nigerians that propelled the Obidient political liberation movement, and on his birthday urged all to vote for the freedom, progress, and harmony the city deserves, and for a new Lagos that would set the pace for a new Nigeria with his “Eko e dide”(Lagos Stand Up) Slogan.”
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