A native of the Volta Region of Ghana, Rev. Ignatius Kobla Ayivor, SVD, a cool and resolute person who is fond of saying "wonderful" was born and reared in Keta. He is the fourth child of Mr. Paul Ocloo Ayivor and Madam Mary Abla Bohli.
Ignatius attended school in Keta and Akatsi. Having passed the Common Entrance Examination in 1980, he entered St. Mary Minor Seminary / Secondary School, Lolobi, after which he proceeded to St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast from 1985 to 1987.
After completing National Service in Accra, it was time for Ignatius to explore beyond the familiar shores. He secured a job in a friend's firm as a supplier of white cotton twine to several banks in Accra. He later left the job for yet another challenging job as Assistant Marketing Manager with Kedananda Busicon Credito Ltd. He served in this capacity until 1990 when he returned to the classroom as a tutor at Harvard College, Kokomemle, Accra.
Due to his undying nagging desire to become a religious priest, Ignatius responded to God's plan for his life by accepting the call and making his applied for admission to the Society of the m Word (SVD) to train as a religious priest. In 1991, the Divine Word Missionaries sent him to St. Victor's Major Seminary in Tamale, where he commenced his long journey to the priesthood.
He did philosophy in two years, and he proceeded to the Novitiate at St. Peter's Nkwatia-Kwahu in 1993. On completion of his novitiate year he professed his first religious vows in 1994 and returned to Tamale for theological studies.
In 1998, he was sent to St. Margaret Mary Parish Dansoman, Accra, where he did his Pastoral Year. On the 8th of September, the same year, Ignatius professed perpetual religious vows. He was appointed to Argentina for his mission.
After the Pastoral Year and perpetual vows he returned to St. Victor's Major Seminary again, this time to complete his theological studies. He obtained BA (Hons) degree from University of Ghana, Legon.
On the 8th of January, 1999, Archbishop (Emeritus) Peter Dery ordained him a deacon at the Common Formation Centre (Tamale).
Knowing the wisdom of the saying that goes "All work without play makes Jack a dull boy", Ignatius usually spends his leisure time reading novels, writing letters or poetry and composing music. His debut music album "Jesus Forever" was released in 1998. His motto 'Be Yourself' sums, in philosophical way, the values that saw him through his formation.
Father Ayivor spent two years in Argentina, where he worked as a religious missionary. He returned to Ghana and was appointed as Assistant Parish Priest to St. Margaret Mary Parish, Dansoman from 2001 to 2006. He was transferred to St. Augustine Parish, Ashaiman in 2006, where he spent only six months before going for further studies in Canon Law in the Philippine.