Philanthropist and business magnet, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo (aka Captain Hosa) was on Saturday, conferred with honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) degree by the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State.
Born on 7th January, 1958 into the family of a community leader, teacher , the late Elder Robert Amos Okunbo
Captain Okunbo, graduated from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, Zaria, as a professional Commercial Pilot in 1979 at the age of 21 and retired as a commercial pilot at the age of 30 in 1988, having logged over 7,000 hours in flying time,.
.He had attended ACME School of Aeronautics, Fort Worth Texas in 1983, where he obtained his Airline Transport Pilot License and was made a Captain in the same year at the age of 25. He was a flight Captain with the Intercontinental Airlines; and, in 1985, he joined the services of Okada Airlines from where he retired.
He is chairman and director of many companies that have provided jobs for thousands of Nigerians. He is chairman of Ocean Marine Security Limited; PPP Fluid Mechanics Limited; Wells Dredging Limited; Wells Habitat Limited; Hoslyn Habitat Limited, Wells Property Development Company Limited; Wells Entertainments Limited, among others He is a major shareholder in Westminster Group Plc, United Kingdom, and also the Chairman of Westminster Security Solutions Limited, a franchise of Westminster Group Plc UK.
In 2005, he assisted over 774 Oba Market women, who suffered various degrees of losses as a result of inferno with a multi-million naira intervention to keep their various trading activities afloat. He has financed Youth Empowerment Programmes. It is against the backdrop of these huge accomplishments and bright political prospects that the university deems it fit to honour him
In 2012, the American Congress honoured him with the “African Titans” Award for being a voice of the Niger Delta people through his movie: “Black November.” He has empowered many people in his place to be self-dependent.