One name that currently dominates the atmosphere in Nigeria is Obi Cubana. This is because recently, the internet was awash with news and pictures from the burial ceremony of the mother of this popular Nigerian businessman and socialite, Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana. Obi Cubana, who lost his mother in December 2020, laid her to rest on July 16th 2021 in Oba, Anambra state. The burial, which was attended by hordes of Nigerian celebrities from the business and entertainment space lit up the small, otherwise quiet town of Oba in Anambra state in a massive carnival that lasted for several days. Obi Cubana and his rich friends put up a formidable show, drawing crowds of people from different parts of the country, including friends who had to fly in from outside the country. The brand name, Obi Cubana has become huge in many parts of Africa and beyond.
What many are not focusing on is the woman behind this giant socialite, his wife, Ebele, a marriage that is blessed with four boys. Behind every successful man, there is always a woman, and Obi Cubana has himself a strong and down-to-earth woman behind his empire. What you may not know is that Obi Cubana’a wife, Ebele, is also a woman of great reckoning, impacting society quietly in her own way.
Who is Ebele Iyiegbu?
Ebele is a lawyer turned child rights advocate who was prompted to set up a Foundation while following her passion for less privileged children in the society, the need to see them smile, ensuring they have access to the basic need of life and to help them fulfil their potential. Her slogan, “delivering happiness one CHILD at a time” has kept her going in her work with children, youths, young women and persons in distress with the aim of ensuring that these persons see the dim light at the end of the tunnel. Barr. Ebele Iyiegbu has remained devoted to her career as a lawyer, an event manager, an Entrepreneur and a Philanthropist.
Here are some facts you may not know about Ebele Iyiegbu, Obi Cubana’s wife.
Facts About Ebele Iyiegbu
- She hails from Obosi in Anambra State
- She wedded Obi Cubana in 2008
- She had her first degree from Enugu State University (ESUT) from 1998-2004
- She studied Law at Enugu State University (ESUT)
- She went to Nigerian Law School 2004-2005
- She majored in Civil Law
- She is a legal Associate at Bryan Michaels and Associates
- Her marriage with Obi Cubana is blessed with four boys
- She calls herself Mother of boys
- She was born in February 1979
- She operates an events company called Party Managers LTD
- She also operates a company called Gifts et al ng. based in Abuja
- She is the founder and owner of the KIEK foundation, a non-governmental organization established with the aim of improving the lives of the less privileged children in the society.
- Her foundation, KIEK, provides quality education, healthcare, nutrition, and child’s rights governance to the less privileged in the society.
- Her foundation, KIEK, was founded in 2018
- She has touched the lives of over 5000 street kids and orphans in Nigeria through her foundation
- She got international fame for her three exceptional projects – One Child One Plate project, One Child One Book project, and One Child One Gift Project, all of which of which impressed international community for helping towards achieving millennium development goals
- She has organized Healthcare and the Nutrition project, Rural area children and teens in ICT, and the Compassion Action Outreach projects, among others which touched the lives of many street children in Nigeria.
- She was given a distinguished award at the 2019 Impactful Women Award/Breast Cancer Awareness event held in Accra, Ghana
- She is also into Agricultural farming, produce, and packaging
Ebele’s is a natural problem solver and unrepentant optimist, her special areas of interest include social work practice, human rights advocacy and training (with emphasis on the boy and girl child) NGO /Civil society governance and management, training and capacity building for NGOs. Ebele Iyiegbu is not just a quiet celebrity but one who giant strides make impact in the lives of the less privileged in the society. She is an inspiration and role model to many young women in Nigeria who see her as a symbol of hope and an evidence that hard work pays.