Ben Murray-Bruce

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Ben Murray-Bruce
Member of the Senate of Nigeria
In office
29 May 2015 (2015-05-29) – 2019
Preceded byClever Ikisikpo
ConstituencyBayelsa East
Personal details
Born (1956-02-18) 18 February 1956 (age 65)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Political partyPDP
Spouse(s)Evelyn Murray-Bruce
EducationSt. Gregory's College, Lagos, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina
Motivational speaker
Known forSilverbird Group

Benedict Murray-Bruce, OON (born 18 February 1956) is a Nigerian business magnate and politician. He is the founder of Silverbird Group.[1] A member of the People's Democratic Party, he was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in March 2015 where he represented the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Early life and education[edit]

Ben Murray-Bruce was born in Lagos, to Ijaw parents Mullighan and Margaret Murray-Bruce who both hail from Akassa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. He attended Our Lady of Apostles, Yaba, Lagos, where he completed his primary education and St Gregory College, Obalende where he obtained the West African School Certificate before he proceeded to the University of South Carolina in the United States, where he received a bachelor's degree in Marketing in 1979.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ben Murray-Bruce was married to Evelyn Murray-Bruce for 41 years. On March 20, 2021, he announced her passing after her battles with cancer.[3][4][5]


Early beginnings[edit]

Ben has served in various public positions. He served as Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority from 1999 to 2003. Prior to starting Silverbird Group, he promoted the Miss Universe Nigeria Pageant in 1983, Miss Intercontinental Pageant, 1986-1994 and to date, he promotes the annual Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant which he began in 1986. He is currently a Member of the Board of National Arts Theatre, Nigerian Film Corporation, Federal Films Censors Board, National Film Distribution Company and Nigerian Anti- Piracy Action Committee.[6]

Show business[edit]

In an interview with Connect Nigeria, Ben said he got into show business "by accident".[7] His passion for show business made him and his wife to establish the now defunct Silverbird Magazine in 1980 with a loan from his father. Ben later went into promoting concerts.[8]


In 2011, Ben Murray-Bruce ran for the governorship of Bayelsa State which was unsuccessful after he was screened out of the gubernatorial race under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party.[9] On 27 October 2014, Ben later declared his intention to represent Bayelsa East Senatorial District at the National Assembly under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party which he went on to win.[10][11]

Public speaking[edit]

Bruce has spoken at a number of national and international events, in January 2018 he shared the stage alongside politicians and thought leaders at the inaugural Nigerian American Business Forum in Tampa, Florida, figures such as; senator Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi, Media pioneer Biodun Shobanjo, NSE chairman Abimbola Ogunbanjo, motivational speaker Fela Durotoye, former governor Peter Obi and Award-winning technologist Ade Olufeko.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • "Showbiz Icon of the Year Award" (2005)
  • ""Top Ten" Significant Nigerian Businessmen Award" (2006)
  • "Life Achiever Award" (2006)
  • "Champion for Nation Building Award" (2007)
  • "Excellent Personality Award" (2009)
  • "Officer of the Order of the Niger" (2014)[13]


  1. ^ "Personality of The Week: Ben Murray Bruce". Silverbird TV. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ Richard Osunde (13 March 2013). "Ben Murray Bruce". Biography Home. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ "BREAKING: Ben Murray-Bruce loses wife of 41 years to cancer". Vanguard News. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Ex-senator, Murray-Bruce, loses wife to cancer | Premium Times Nigeria". 20 March 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Ben Murray-Bruce loses wife to cancer". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Ben Murray-Bruce". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  7. ^ Florence Amagiya (27 December 2014). "A peep into Ben Bruce business empire". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Ben Murray Bruce". MTVBase Meets. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  9. ^ Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor, Samuel Oyadongha & Henry Umoru (14 November 2011). "Bayelsa Guber ticket: PDP finally drops Sylva, Alaibe, Bruce". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 17 June 2015.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  10. ^ Timothy Enietan-Matthews (28 October 2014). "Ben Murray-Bruce joins race for Senate". DailyPost Nigeria. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ CKN Nigeria (30 March 2015). "Ben Bruce Wins Election into The Senate". CKN Nigeria. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Obasanjo, Gov. Ahmed, Dabiri-Erewa, others to attend investment forum in U.S." Vanguard News. Vanguard (Nigeria). 22 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ Richard Akinwumi (29 September 2014). "Jonathan names Nigeria's national flag designer, Akinkunmi, special aide for life". Premium Times. Retrieved 18 June 2015.

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