Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, also known as GRV, is a Nigerian architect, activist, and politician who was born on March 8, 1983. He is the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party for Lagos State in the upcoming 2023 gubernatorial election. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at his biography, including his age, wife, career, and net worth.
Rhodes-Vivour was born on Lagos Island and grew up in Ikeja. He attended Chrisland primary and secondary schools up to JSS3, and then proceeded to Paris to attend École Active Bilingue, where he completed his secondary education. He has 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 attained a second master’s degree in Research and Public Policy from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Rhodes-Vivour is an activist and 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. In 2017, he alongside Nnimmo Bassey, led a 2,000-man march to the Senate to lend a voice in the fight against environmental degradation. He also campaigns for the inclusion of history as a subject in Nigerian school curriculum.
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.
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. In 2019, he contested for the senate seat to represent Lagos west under the PDP. He came second in the final polls, losing to the incumbent senator and contestant under the erstwhile ruling party APC, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola ‘Yayi’. He contested 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.
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. He cross-carpeted to the Labour party and came out victorious, getting 111 votes, to defeat former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Moshood Salvador, who got 102 votes. Rhodes-Vivour is married to Dr. Ify Rhodes-Vivour (née Aniebo), a molecular geneticist by profession, who is the daughter of former military administrator to Kogi and Borno states, Augustine Aniebo.
There is no publicly available information on Rhodes-Vivour’s net worth. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is an accomplished Nigerian architect, activist, and politician who has a strong track record of advocacy for environmental causes, youth empowerment, and good governance. As he campaigns for the governorship of Lagos State, voters will undoubtedly be looking to his past achievements and future plans for the state.