Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo was born on the 7th of January, 1958, into the family of the late respected community leader, teacher, disciplinarian and clergyman, Reverend Robert Amos Okunbo.
He attended Government Primary School (Benin City) and Federal Government College (Warri), where in 1975, he wrote and passed the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in flying colours.
In 1979, he graduated from The Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre (Zaria) as a professional Commercial Pilot. He was just 21 years old at the time. He began his professional career with Aero Contractors Nigeria Ltd. He later joined Intercontinental Airline, where he accumulated most of his flying experience in jet time. He thereafter proceeded on further training at the Acme School of Aeronautics in Dallas (Texas, USA) in 1983, where he obtained his Airline Transport Pilot license. The young Idahosa Okunbo was promoted in the same year to the position of Airline Captain, having accumulated a compulsory 4,500 flying hours to his credit (at the age of 25 years).
Having reached the zenith of his profession at the age of 25, with a broad horizon of experience traversing various aircraft types and flying over different continents, he felt the need to pursue new challenges. It was this singular decision and the desire to engage in new pursuits that led him into the field of business (in which he grew, over the years, to be immensely successful). At the age of 30, he resigned formally as an Airline Captain with Okada Airline, after booking over 7,500 hours of flight time (most of which was jet experience).
Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo is a man with great foresight and immense capacity in business engineering and management. He is the Executive Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd, a company that provides relevant, effective and modern solutions to high-risk security concerns in Nigeria. Among other services, OMS provides Maritime Management and Logistics, Sea Patrol Security, and Ocean Vessel Escorts. As Chairman, Captain Okunbo continues to provide leadership for a host of other successful local and international companies. Principal among them are: CMES-OMS Joint Venture Limited, Wells Hosa Greenhouse Farms, Wells Property Development Company Limited, Gyro Air Limited, Secure Anchorage Area West Africa (SAA), Wells Procurement Services Limited, The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments (Abuja), The New London Carlton (London), Wells Entertainment Limited, Westminster Security Solutions Nigeria Limited, and FEVA TV Canada. Captain Okunbo is also on the board, as non-Executive Director, of the following companies: NATCOM NTEL (formerly NITEL), Funds Electronics Transfer Solutions (provider of electronic payment solutions), and Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company Limited (core investor in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Limited).
In a lavish ceremony in 2016, Captain Okunbo was prestigiously named “Vanguard Businessman of the Year”.
Captain Okunbo has contributed immensely to Youth Awareness, Empowerment and Employment Programs, organized and financed from his resources with a view to uplifting the quality of life of his people as a service to humanity. He has provided jobs for thousands of Nigerians. He has participated in numerous national and international fora as a resource person and has been honoured by various organizations and institutions.
Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo is an embodiment of fulfilment, characterized by integrity, honesty, hardwork and fair play. He is happily married to his lovely wife, Nosa, and is blessed with amazing children.