Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, is the youngest gubernatorial candidate who ran for the office of the Lagos State Governor under the Labour Party (LP), in February 2023.
He was 40 years old in March 2023.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Basic Information
Stage Name: Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour
Gbadebo Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour is an Architect, Politician and Activist born in Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
H was worth $1.5M as at the time of this publication.
The civil society organization, Nigerians Against GMO, which advocates against the overproduction of genetically modified foods in Nigeria, is convened by Rhodes-Vivour. While in the UK, he worked with Franklin Ellis Architects. Before entering politics after returning to Nigeria, he worked with SISA, Cliff Consulting (now known as Building Partnership CCP), and Patrick Wayi.
He’s the son of Barrister Olawale & Mrs Nkechi Rhodes-Vivour. A family of Lawyers like that of the Ademola Adetokubo.
Former justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria & jurist, Bode Rhodes-Vivour is his uncle, while late Judge Akinwunmi Rhodes-Vivour is his grandfather. He is the great-grand son to Steven Bankole Rhodes; the second ever indigenous judge appointed in Nigeria.
Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is an MIT graduate. Like his father, he is married to an igbo woman too Dr Ifeyinwa Rhodes-Vivour (PhD.).
She is the daughter of Lt. Col. Ifeanyi Aniebo from Umunze in Anambra State.
Gbadebo’s wife, Dr. Ify is an Oxford University graduate.
Education, Achievements, more
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour completed his secondary education at Colle Artive Berlin in Paris after leaving Chrisland Schools where he started his primary and secondary schools education till JSS3.
He earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nottingham (MIT).
He joined the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after completing his first master’s and served there till 2009. He then graduated from the University of Lagos with a second master’s degree in research and public policy (UNILAG).
Mr Gbadebo worked with the American and Chinese governments while still an undergraduate at MIT during the reconstruction of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the Beijing Olympics, respectively. He then worked for some of Nigeria’s leading architecture firms, such as Consultants Collaborative Partnership (CCP) and Patrick Waheed Consultants, before starting his own business to address the housing crisis in Nigeria by utilizing innovative and unusual construction techniques to build affordable housing in Nigeria. Spatial Tectonics was formed by him, and he also sits on the boards of Alhuda Construction Nigeria and Delta International Commercial City Ltd.
In addition to his undeniably illustrious lineage, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has established himself as a successful and well-educated architect. With a solid education, Gbadebo demonstrated his professional prowess over the years by working on critical architectural projects and engaging in ethical and political action. He founded Spatial Tectonics and sits on the boards of Delta International Commercial City Ltd. and Alhuda Construction Nigeria.
Gbadebo was also among the first to benefit from the Not Too Young To Run law. As a member of the KOWA party, Rhodes-Vivour ran for chairman of the Ikeja Local Government Area in 2017, claiming that he was forced to run under the platform since the party did not practice godfatherism. The APC incumbent’s candidate defeated him. He ran as a candidate for the PDP in the 2019 senate election to represent Lagos West. He ran to improve the district’s infrastructure and oust the incumbent, whom he called an “absentee senator.”
Adeola “Yayi” Olamilekanola, the then incumbent senator and candidate for the former ruling party APC, received 323,817 votes to his 243,516, placing him second in the final results. Rhodes-Vivour received 39.40% of the votes, while Adeola received 41.38%. He challenged the outcome in court, arguing that it shouldn’t stand because of electoral interruptions and violence. The court, however, decided that wasn’t sufficient and upheld the election of his rival. He is the Labour party’s candidate for governor of Lagos State in the forthcoming 2023 election. He had initially been a candidate for the PDP, but he withdrew his name immediately before the primary election.
He switched over to the Labour party and ran in the substitute election where the actual candidate for the party was to be chosen. He won with 111 votes, defeating former All Progressives Party (APC) leader Moshood Salvador, who had 102 votes.