Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Biography, Career, Controversies, And Net Worth
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is a Nigerian architect, activist, and politician of Yoruba descent, from Lagos State. He is the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour party (LP) for Lagos State in the upcoming 2023 Lagos State gubernatorial election. He was the senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos West senatorial district in the 2019 Nigerian Senate elections in Lagos State.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was born into the family of Barrister Olawale and Nkechi Rhodes Vivour on the 8th of March 1983. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is married to Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour (née Aniebo), a molecular geneticist by profession, who is the daughter of the former military administrator to Kogi and Borno states, Augustine Aniebo from Anambra State.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Profile
|Real Name||Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes-Vivour|
|Date of Birth||8 March 1983|
|State of Origin||Lagos State|
|Occupation||Architect, Activist and Politician|
|Politician party||Labour Party (LP)|
|Wife||Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour|
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour attended Chrisland primary and secondary schools up to JSS3 and then proceeded to Paris to attend Ecol Artive Berlin, where he completed his secondary education.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in the same field from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He partook in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2008 after his first master’s and completed it in 2009. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour later attained a second master’s degree in Research and Public Policy; from the University of Lagos.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour worked with Franklin Ellis Architects when he was in the UK. On returning to Nigeria, he worked with SISA, Cliff Consulting now called Building Partnership CCP, and Patrick Wayi, before venturing fully into politics. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is the convener of the civil society group, Nigerians Against GMO, an Anti-GMO advocacy group fighting against the proliferation of Genetically Modified Foods in Nigeria.
Their protest increased in 2016, following claims by Monsanto that GMOs are safe, tackling the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, as well as the multinational company. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was one of the first beneficiaries of the Not Too Young To Run legislation. In 2017, he contested the Ikeja Local Government Area chairmanship under the KOWA party.
Citing that the absence of godfatherism in the party made him contest under the platform. He lost to the candidate of the APC. In 2019, he contested for the senate seat to represent Lagos west under the PDP, his campaign points were to revamp the infrastructure within the district.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour came second in the final polls, losing to the incumbent senator and contestant under the ruling party APC, Adeola ‘Yayi’ Olamilekanola, he protested the result in court, citing electoral violence and disruptions as reasons why the result should not be valid. However, the court deemed that not to be enough and upheld the election of his opponent.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is presently the Labour party gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming 2023 Lagos State gubernatorial election. He was initially one of the nominees gearing up to contest under the PDP but pulled out just before the primary election was held. He cross to the Labour party, contesting during a substitute election through which the substantive candidate of the party was to be chosen, and came out victorious, getting 111 votes, to defeat former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Moshood Salvador, who got 102 votes.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was accused of not caring about Lagos or coming out during the End Sars protest, he replied the person with pictorial evidence that he was there all through. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was also accused of not being a true Lagosian or even knowing how to speak Yoruba properly.
He made it known that he is an original Lagosian and the true son of his father, a lawyer, Mr. Olawale Rhodes-Vivour. He reacted to viral news claiming he is an Igbo man and not a true Yoruba man and that he was born out of wedlock and not raised by his father, which was all false.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Instagram Handle
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is on Instagram @grvlagos.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour known as GRV was born on the 8th of March 1983 to Barrister Olawale and Nkechi Rhodes Vivour in Lagos Island and he grew up in Ikeja. His father is Yoruba while his mother is Igbo.
Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour is married to Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour (née Aniebo), a molecular geneticist by profession, who is the daughter of the former military administrator to Kogi and Borno states, Augustine Aniebo.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Net Worth
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is estimated to be worth over $1.5 million.