Office of the Chancellor

Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa

Margaret E. Benson-Idahosa became the first female Chancellor in Africa in 2002 when she became the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, a University that seeks to graduate men and women of integrity who will exhibit excellence with Godliness in every field of life.

She also presides over the Church of God Mission International- a church that boasts of over 4000 branches across Nigeria, and numerous branches in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia; and also pastors the Faith Arena (The Church International Headquarters) branch, a 20,000 capacity auditorium.

Bishop Margaret Benson -Idahosa was born on the 29th of July, 1943, into the royal lineage of the Benin Kingdom. She was ordained into the ministry on the 24th of May, 1983 and consecrated Bishop on the 5th of April, 1998. This position makes her first female Pentecostal Bishop of a ministry of this magnitude in Africa.

As a trained educationist, she established the Word of Faith Group of Schools which currently has more than 108 schools (Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary) all over Nigeria.

She also established the International Leadership Resource Institute (ILRI) to teach leadership ethics and principles to pastors and other categories of leaders and church workers.

Her love for the less privilege and abandoned babies saw her establish an Orphanage where babies are cared for, called “My sister’s place”.

Archbishop Margaret Benson-Idahosa holds a Diploma in Home Economics from the Leads Polytechnic, United Kingdom, Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies, Masters Degree in Divinity and Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Friends International Christian University, California, United States, US, she also obtained Masters of Education, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma US and Honorary Doctorate, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma, USA.

As an author, Archbishop Margaret Benson-Idahosa has the following books among others in print:-

  • The womb of Harvest
  • The Female Minister
  • Tearing the veil
  • Go for it
  • Empowered for Radical Change
  • Season of Harvest
  • Born naked Not empty.

Bishop Margaret Idahosa received a Certificate of Ordination in 1984 as a member of the Clergy-Osborn Foundation. She is also the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University.

Other appointments outside Benson Idahosa University

  • She is the executive president of, All Nations for Christ Bible degree programmes for local and international students.
  • She is the President-General of the Christian Women Fellowship International (CWFI), a non-denominational body that is committed to teaching women how to discover their true potentials, to be good mothers, wives and instruments for end-time evangelism. Branches of this body are in the North America, Europe and Africa.
  • She is the president, Faith Mediplex group of hospitals which combines orthodox medicine and prayer to give total wholeness to the human body. Two others branches are located in Abuja and Uyo in Nigeria with Headquarters in Benin City.
  • Vice President, International Communion of Charismatic Churches (ICCC), with headquarters in the USA.
  • Executive Member, Board of Regent, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, USA.
  • Member, Board of Directors, POISE Nigeria, Lagos.