Born and bred in Nigeria to a Greek father and a Nigerian mother, Lady Maiden Ibru strongly identifies as Nigerian, particularly Yoruba. In fact, many a time, those who interact with her are left dazed because of how effortlessly the Yoruba language rolls off her tongue. Described as “loyal” and “free-spirited” by friends, Lady Ibru reaffirms this when she says that she “cherishes her childhood friends.”
The University of Ibadan has conferred a lifetime achievement award on the Publisher of The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, an alumna of the school. The school’s vice chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, described her as a role model and quintessential woman of inspiration.