Ben Murray-Bruce biography
Ben Murray-Bruce, OON is a Nigerian business magnate and politician. He is the founder of Silverbird Group.
Member of the Senate of Nigeria
Assumed office: May 29, 2015
Preceded by: Clever Ikisikpo
Constituency: Bayelsa East
Full Name: Benedict Murray-Bruce
Born: 17 February 1956
Birth place: Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Political party: PDP
Spouse(s): Evelyn Murray-Bruce
Education: St. Gregory’s College, Lagos
Alma mater: University of South Carolina
Famous as: Entrepreneur Politician Motivational speaker
Known for: Silverbird Group
Siblings: Willie Murray-Bruce, Billy Murray-Bruce, Guy Murray-Bruce, Michael Murray-Bruce
Children: Jonathan Murray-Bruce, Jasmine Murray-Bruce, Jared Murray-Bruce
Parents: Mullighan Murray-Bruce, Margaret Murray-Bruce
Books: A CommonSense Revolution
Website: benbruce.org benmurraybruce.com
Biographical and educational career
Ben Murray-Bruce was born in Lagos, to Ijaw parents Mullighan and Margaret Murray-Bruce who both hail from Akassa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
He attended Our Lady of Apostles, Yaba, Lagos, where he completed his primary education and St Gregory College, Obalende where he obtained the West African School Certificate before he proceeded to the University of South Carolina in the United States, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1979.
Ben has served in various public positions. He served as Director General of Nigerian Television Authority from 1999 to 2003.
Prior to starting Silverbird Group, he promoted the Miss Universe Nigeria Pageant in 1983, Miss Intercontinental Pageant, 1986-1994 and to date, he promotes the annual Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant which he began in 1986.
He is currently a Member of the Board of National Arts Theatre, Nigerian Film Corporation, Federal Films Censors Board, National Film Distribution Company and Nigerian Anti- Piracy Action Committee.
In an interview with Connect Nigeria, Ben said he got into show business “by accident”. His passion for show business made him and his wife to establish the now defunct Silverbird Magazine in 1980 with a loan from his father. Ben later went into promoting concerts.
In 2011, Ben Murray-Bruce ran for the governorship of Bayelsa State which was unsuccessful after he was screened out of the gubernatorial race under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party.
On 27 October 2014, Ben later declared his intention to represent Bayelsa East Senatorial District at the National Assembly under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party which he went on to win.
Bruce has spoken at a number of national and international events, in january 2018 he shared the stage alongside politicians and thought leaders at the inaugural Nigerian American Business Forum in Tampa, Florida, figures such as; senator Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi, Media pioneer Biodun Shobanjo, NSE chairman Abimbola Ogunbanjo, motivational speaker Fela Durotoye, former governor Peter Obi and Award-winning technologist Ade Olufeko.
Awards and recognition
“Showbiz Icon of the Year Award” (2005)”
“Top Ten” Significant Nigerian Businessmen Award” (2006)”
Life Achiever Award” (2006)”
Champion for Nation Building Award” (2007)”
Excellent Personality Award” (2009)”
Officer of the Order of the Niger” (2014)
Family and personal life
Ben Murray-Bruce got married to his wife Evelyn Murray-Bruce and their Union is bless with Four Children Jonathan Murray-Bruce, Jasmine Murray-Bruce, Jared Murray-Bruce