Meet Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes-Vivour: Nigerian Architect, Activist, and Labour Party Gubernatorial Candidate for Lagos State

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Dear You,

You wanted to know more about Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes-Vivour. So we got his CV.

CV like bios and all do not say much about the characters of people. But you can learn one or two things from this:

Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes-Vivour, also known as GRV, is a Nigerian architect, activist, and politician who was born on March 8, 1983.

Before now, he was comfortable being the senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos West senatorial district in the 2019 Nigerian Senate elections in Lagos State.

But now, as we all know he is LP candidate for Givernor. Rhodes-Vivour grew up in Ikeja, Lagos Island, and attended Chrisland primary and secondary schools up to JSS3.

He later attended Ecole Artive Berlin in Paris for his secondary education. Rhodes-Vivour earned a 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 also earned a second master’s degree in Research and Public Policy from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Rhodes-Vivour comes from a family of lawyers. He is the son of Barrister Olawale and Mrs Nkechi Rhodes-Vivour. His uncle, Bode Rhodes-Vivour, is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and jurist, while late Judge Akinwunmi Rhodes-Vivour is his grandfather.

He is also the great-grandson of Steven Bankole Rhodes, the second-ever indigenous judge appointed in Nigeria.

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.

So if you make money from this trade, you dont want him becoming Governor. But that can also make you vote him if you hate GMF.

He campaigns for the inclusion of history as a subject in Nigerian school curriculums.

Rhodes-Vivour worked with Franklin Ellis Architects in the UK and later worked with SISA, Cliff Consulting, now called Building Partnership CCP, and Patrick Wayi before venturing fully into politics.

He was one of the first beneficiaries of the Not Too Young To Run legislation, which allowed young Nigerians to run for public office.

In 2017, Rhodes-Vivour contested the Ikeja Local Government Area chairmanship under the KOWA party. He lost to the candidate of the incumbent APC.

In 2019, he contested for the senate seat to represent Lagos west under the PDP. He lost to the incumbent senator and contestant under the erstwhile ruling party APC, Adeola ‘Yayi’ Olamilekanola. He came second in the final polls with 39.40% of the votes.

Rhodes-Vivour is 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.
(So he has that in common with Peter Obi).

He cross-carpeted 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. Rhodes-Vivour has promised to revamp the infrastructure within the district if he wins the gubernatorial election.

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