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Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour

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Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour
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Personal details
Born (1983-03-08) 8 March 1983 (age 38)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationArchitect, Politician

Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour (born 8 March 1983) is a Nigerian Architect, Public policy expert, Activist and a Politician.[1][2] He was the PDP senatorial candidate representing Lagos West (the largest senatorial district by population) in the 2019 National assembly elections.[3] Making him the youngest senatorial candidate[4] and a beneficiary of the Not to young to run movement. He came to the public eye based on his activisim and debates with the then Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina as well as several public officials via articles in the National dailies, Media appearances and protest marches he led on the Lagos State[5] Government house and the Senate.[6]

Early life, Family and Education[edit]

Gbadebo was born in to the Rhodes-Vivour family of Lagos on 8 March 1983 to Barrister Olawale and Barrister Nkechi Rhodes-Vivour.[7] He is great-great-grandson to William allen Vivour ,great-grandson to Justice S.B Rhodes ( second indigenous judge ever appointed), grandson to Chief, Justice A.R.W Rhodes-Vivour ,nephew to Supreme court Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour .He is married to Dr. Ify Aniebo PhD.

He got his B.Arch. from the University of Nottingham,After which he worked at the architecture office of Franklin Ellis Architects, UK before proceeding to get his master’s degree from Massachusetts institute of technology (M.I.T).[8] As his interest in politics and activism peaked, he got a second Masters in Research and Public Policy, from the political science department of University of Lagos (UNILAG). He is a practicing architect, social activist and avid writer; known for his stand against GMO’s in Nigeria and his campaign to bring back history as a subject to Nigerian schools.[9]


In May 2014, he started Gbadebo started his Anti-GMO struggle by debating the Minister of Agriculture in the national dailies[10] as well as the Directors of the NBMA on National television.[11] On 8 June 2017, he led a 2000 man march on the Senate,[12] in partnership with environmental activist such as Nnimmo Bassey.

Political Career

On 22 July 2016 , He contested for the position of Chairman[13] Ikeja Local government on the platform of KOWA Party.,[14] He joined the PDP officially on 8 March 2017.

He emerged the 2019 PDP Senatorial candidate representing Lagos West district. but he lost out to the eventually declared winner Solomon Olamilekan Adeola.[15][16]

On 23 February the National assembly and Presidential elections were held, the Results for the Lagos West elections as announced by INEC were the following ;

Mr Senator Adeola (APC) - 323,317

MR. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (PDP) - 243,516

The difference of 79,801

Gbadebo challenged the results of the election at the Election petition tribunal based on wide spread targeted violence in historic PDP strongholds.[17] He alleged that based on INEC's declaration of cancelled results due to violence across three local governments of (94,301) was more than the (79,801) difference between himself and the APC candidate. which should have necessitated a rerun as was done in three local governements in the lagos west senatorial district.[18].

See also[edit]

  • Lagos State
  • 2019 Nigerian National Assembly election in Lagos State


  1. "Why I'm running for Senate, by Rhodes-Vivour". The Nation Online. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. "Why I am on a mission to free Lagos west – Gbadebo Rhodes vivour". Vanguard. 22 November 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Egbejule, Eromo (29 April 2019). "Africa's youth are making their voices heard". The African Report. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Peace (4 June 2014). "Nigerians React to Anti-Biosafety Bill Protest". Agro Nigeria. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Civil Society Groups Want GMOs Banned, Seek Repeal Of National Biosafety Management Act". Sahara Reporters. 7 June 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "APC lied, I am not Justice Rhodes-Vivour's son, says Lagos PDP Senatorial candidate". Sunrise News. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  8. DSPACE@MIT. "MIT LIBRARIES". hdl:1721.1/43816.
  9. Olafusi, Ebunoluwa (25 October 2018). "35-year-old MIT graduate from Ikeja wins PDP ticket in Lagos west senatorial district". The Cable. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "GMO controversy: Adesina lambasts activists". The Nation. 20 July 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Wikileaks, polit(r)ic(k)s and GMOs – Part 1". The Guardian. 25 April 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Ibrahim, Idris (8 June 2017). "Nigerian civic groups march against GMOs". Premium Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Akinsuyi, Temidayo (28 June 2017). "Lagos Council Poll : Rhodes- Vivour Vows To Win For KOWA". Independent. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Augustine, Adah. "Why I'm Running For Chairman Of Ikeja LG – Rhodes- Vivour". Independent Nigeria. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  15. "Yayi defeats Gbadebo Rhodes of PDP to retain Lagos West Senatorial seat". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  16. "Tribunal upholds Senator Adeola's victory". PM News Nigeria. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  17. Egbas, Jude (23 February 2019). "Violence mars Nigeria's general elections". Pulse. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Akubo, John (23 April 2019). "Nigeria: Anxiety As INEC Holds Supplementary Poll in Lagos On Saturday". All Africa. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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