Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour AKA “The Hopeful Nigerian”, currently 34years old, trained at university of Nottingham (2001-2004) to get his undergraduate degree in Architecture and then after working in England proceeded for his masters at Masachussetts institute of Technology (2005- 2008).
He returned back to Nigeria immediately after his studies in 2009 with an aim to solve the housing problem in Nigeria through the use of innovative and accessible materials, to create affordable housing for Nigerians.
A firm believer in social welfare, equity and justice, GRV aka “the hopeful Nigerian” is about to conclude his third degree at the University of Lagos with a Masters in Research and Public Policy. 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. He is happily married to Dr.Ifeyinwa Aniebo.
Born to Olawale and Nkechi Rhodes-Vivour on the 8th of March 1983. GRV has lived in Ikeja, Lagos for over thirty years.
After successfully completing his A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Math, he went on to pursue a degree in Architecture. In Architecture, he saw a potential tool to solve problems; this was further amplified because at that time he was living in the heart of Paris and was acquainted with the work of Baron Hausmann who turned Paris from an unplanned ghetto in to the urban marvel it is today.
This journey took him to the University of Nottingham where their focus on sustainability and alternative energy (having lived with NEPA for so long, an alternative/ solution to NO light was very attractive). After working for a year in England, he proceeded to three-year master’s program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) In Boston, during which he worked with the State government and NGOs on the rebuilding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. He we also worked with the Chinese government in relation to the Beijing Olympics.
He is currently wrapping up a master’s program (Masters in Research and Public Policy) at the political science department, University of Lagos.
Shortly after graduation, he relocated back to Nigeria with a make an impact on the affordable housing market through the use of innovative and easily accessible construction methods and materials. The aim was to create affordable luxury. With our partners, we worked on container-texture as a means of not only up-cycling but reducing the cost of construction by over 45% whilst significantly reducing the time required for construction as well.
Working with UNILAG, they developed an affordable student accommodation. Since then he has been involved in a number of large scale projects and Urban planning projects.
Topic: INNOVATION & STRATEGY: Rethinking governance and accountability in Nigeria.