After the establishment of Church of God Mission in the 1960s, Archbishop Benson Idahosa received specific directions from God to venture into the area of education, starting from Nursery education to the University level.
By 1981, the Vision of Christian Faith University (CFU), which was later renamed Benson Idahosa University, had matured in the mind of the Archbishop. But the actualisation of the vision had to be suspended to provide room for the establishment of the highly reputable WORD OF FAITH GROUP OF SCHOOLS (Nursery, primary and secondary) in the 1980s
In 1992, Archbishop Benson Idahosa applied to the Honourable Minister of Education for a licence to establish and operate a private University. Following this development, en expert team of Academics and Professionals was set up to prepare a feasibility report, an Academic Brief and develop a Master Plan for the proposed University. Operating as the institute of continuous learning (ICL), the proposed University organised academic and professional programs for young students.
Christian Faith University became Benson Idahosa University and F.E.B Idahosa became the university’s second president
In February 2002, ten years after the application to start a private University, the Federal Government, acting through the national Universities Commission (NUC), graciously granted Benson Idahosa University license to operate. The University started operating as a fully licensed institution in March 2002 with an initial student enrolment of 400, registered into two faculties (Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences,Education and Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences).
Benson Idahosa University’s first post accreditation annual convocation