It was on the 4th day of the month of August 1959, that Ekimwona Igbinedion was born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Benji Oyemwense, the sixth of thirteen children, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The young Eki as she is fondly called, had her primary education at St. Emmanuel Anglican School, Benin City and her secondary education at Baptist High School also in Benin City, where she obtained her West African School Certificate.

In line with the high premium her parents placed on quality education to the highest level for their children, Eki proceeded to the United States in search of the proverbial golden fleece in 1978, and enrolled at the Newbury Junior College, Boston Massachusetts after which she proceeded to the prestigious Boston University U.S.A. where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1981. Still not satisfied, she went further to enroll for a postgraduate program and obtained, in 1982, a Master's degree in Business Administration from the same Boston University.

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While at the university, Eki was actively involved in Student Affairs activities. This was amply demonstrated by her election as Vice-President of the Umoja Black Student Association and also by her appointment as the coordinator of the African Students Association of the Boston University in the year 1980.

  After satisfying herself that she was fully equipped to contribute her quota to her country's development, Eki returned to Nigeria in 1983 to serve at the Accounts Department of the NYSC Headquarters then in Lagos, for her National Youth Service year. From 1984 - 1987, Eki worked as a Finance Consultant for Environmental Design Nigeria, an Architectural Company.
All the while, Eki had a deep-seated desire to help the underprivileged in the society and this became evident when in December 1988, she organised a charity programme under the auspices of her company, Zena Promotions. All the proceeds from this event were donated and shared among four (4) Orphanage homes in Benin Citv.
  Encouraged by the success of this program, Eki started an annual programme that involved sponsoring children from Oronsaye Orphanage Home in Benin City through Primary and Secondary Education. This noble program has meant that she has single-handedly sponsored several young people to attains a high level of Education and most of these beneficiaries are now gainfully employed.
  In order to expand the scope of this work, Eki in 1999 established the Edo Underprivileged Children Scholarship Trust Fund. The Trust Fund has up till date, 210 children as beneficiaries. Apart from this, the Trust Fund also donates books to several primary and post-primary institutions in Edo State, on a yearly basis.
  The Trust Fund under the leadership of Mrs. Eki Igbinedion is also involved in alleviating other aspects of the lives of the downtrodden and has assisted institutions such as:
Individual cases have not been left out in the work of the Trust Fund and Eki has assisted in cases such as the following:
       Off-setting hospital Bills for patients who could not afford to pay
Apart from her good work with the underprivileged, Eki has always had a dream; to restore the lost glory and dignity of the Edo woman.
Over the years she had watched painfully as the fabric of this dignity was being ripped apart by the vice of international prostitution. A firm and committed advocate for dignified womanhood, it grieved her heart that this problem was even more pronounced amongst Edo girls.


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