CHIEF (DR.) OPRAL MASON BENSON, OON, D.F.IoD, C.Dipl C

An epitome of beauty and fashion Chief (Dr.) Opral Mason Benson, OON, D.F.I.oD, C.Dipl, is one of Nigeria’s leading Proprietor in beauty training.

Born in Arthington, Liberia on the 7th February, 1935 into the family of Johnson Boto and Lilly Mason as the 6th child, Opral carved a niche for herself by dint of hard work and honesty right from childhood.

Educated in Liberia and the United States of America, Chief (Dr.) Opral Benson holds a Bachelor Degree from Morris Brown College and a Masters Degree from Atlanta University as well as a Diploma from Pittsburgh University and a Certificate from the Lagos Business School.

At the international scene she was the Assistant Secretary General to the Monrovia Conference that laid foundation for the formation of Organization of African Unity now African Union. Chairman Leadership for Environmental & Development (London), Board Member Black Alumni College Hall of Fame, Atlanta Georgia, USA, Trustee Colostrum International, and Vice Patron International Centre for the Arts, Lagos as well as Life Fellow International Biographical Association and American Biographical Institute USA among others.

A two-time recipient of Honorary Doctorate degrees from African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia and Irish International University, Dr. Opral Benson was awarded Doctor of Letters and Doctor of Diplomacy respectively from the former and latter for her contributions to humanity and socio-economic empowerment of youths.

Opral is a seasoned administrator and an accomplished communicator of repute, attended Administrative Courses at Pittsburgh University and Michigan University. For many years she was Director of Students Affairs at the University of Lagos. Also in the same ivory tower she was member of the Board of Governors as well as member Enterprises Management Board. A Sports Philanthropist, Opral was Chairman Nigeria University and West African University Games at the formation stage.

An egalitarian woman of substance, Opral, one of the Founding Members and the incumbent Honorary President African Refugees Foundation (AREF), is also the current Chairman, Board of Directors, Guaranty Trust Bank, Liberia as well as the Chairman of the following – Chic Afrique Enterprises Limited, Chic Afrique Beauty Company Limited, Creative Consults Limited, Larpo Oil & Gas Services Limited and the Proprietor, Opral Benson Beauty Training Institute.

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