About the Authors
Reuben Ikpomwosa Ekhator KSM and Lady Magdalene Ekhator LSM are husband a wife. They were born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
They knew themselves from childhood and have been married for over 47 years. They are blessed with five children (one late). They have sponsored over 20 marriages. They are fourth degree Knight and Lady of St Mulumba. They attended many marriage related seminars and programmes including the worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend programmes. After several training they became one of the team couples that organised several Marriage Encounter seminars for Christian married couples. They also helped in preparing young couples for marriages in their Church.
After completing their Secondary School education, they went to the United Kingdom where they married in St Patrick's Catholic church, Stafford, United Kingdom in 1969. They attended various institutions of higher learning and obtained many qualifications before returning to Nigeria in 1975.
Reuben, after graduating as a state registered psychiatric nurse of England and Wales in 1970, from St Georges Hospital Stafford England; he was admitted into the Prestigious University of London where he studied and obtained his BSc economics in 1974. He then went to University of Salford, Manchester for his post graduate diploma in “Personnel and Labour Relations Management” in 1975. He was awarded grants by the British government to take these Courses.
He was a Member Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria and (MIPM). Towards the tail end of his working career, he enrolled on a obtained his master's degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of Benin in 2002. This programme was also sponsored by University of Benin.
On returning from the UK in 1975 he joined the Health Management Board, Benin city as Hospital Administrator. In 1980 he left the board for the University of Benin, as a Senior Assistant Registrar. He set up and headed Labour Relations and Training unit of university. He was granted leave of absence for four years (1993 - 1997) to enable him pick up a new appointment in the National Health Services in Britain. He returned to the University of Benin in 1987 where he later retired in 2004.
Magdalene Esohe Ekhator, went to the UK in 1968 to join Reuben after completing her midwifery (Grade one) training in Nigeria. While in Britain she studied in North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Where she obtained a diploma in Medical Secretarial practice . Upon returning to Nigeria, she joined the Health Management Board, Benin city, as a Medical Secretary in 1975; and upon attaining a higher qualification from the University of Benin she was converted and upgraded to Hospital Administrator. She voluntarily retired from service in 1997 to start a private business.