Billionaire Lotto Merchant, Kesington Adebutu aka Baba Ijebu unveiled in new Ovation Magazine + How he abandoned law for Pools betting

Sir Adebutu Kessington….The Man who abandoned Law for Pools betting

an octogenarian is not no easy feat, considering that 80 is a whole 10 yers
beyond the biblical three scores and ten years stipulated for mankind. Little
wonder that popular businessman and betting entrepreneur, Sir Kesington Adebutu rolled out the drums big time to thank God
and mark the occasion with the “mother of all” parties.
Story of Baba Ijebu…
 Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu
was born on Ocotber 24, 1935, in Iperu
in Ikenne Local Government Area
of Ogun
State, to late Alhaji Kerimu Folarin Adebutu and late Alhaja
Seliat Olasimbo Adebutu
. Sir Kesington attended the Wesley Primary School, Iperu Remo and
completed his primary education at Ijero
School, Ebute Metta, Lagos in 1950.

In January
1951, he was admitted to Baptist Academy School, Lagos but he completed
his secondary education at the famous Remo
Secondary School
(RSS), Sagamu Remo,
State. He began his early life at Cable
& Wireless Limited
(which later transformed to NITEL) as Operation
Clerk. He then joined Claffin Chemicals  as Salesman and through a dint of hardwork
rose to become Regional Sales Manager for Lagos
and the then Midwestern Region. It
was his quest to provide employment for teeming Nigerian youths that led to the
establishment of Face Millionaires Pool Limited with his
bosom friend, Chief Solomon Ayoku in 1969.

The Philanthropist par
excellence who abandoned his ambition of becoming a Lawyer because he preferred
‘enjoying’ life, is today the Founder and Chairman of Kesington Adebukunola
Adebutu Foundation
(KAAF) and promoter of the popular Premier Lotto, better known as Baba Ijebu.

Portrait of the Ovation Magazine edition on Sir Kessington Adebutu @ 80

But beyond the fanfare,
it was another occasion to express his humaneness and penchant for helping the
less privileged when his Foundation which was celebrating its 10th
Anniversary conducted a free medical outreach programme in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State.
Also, he gave out eight brand new cars and other valuable gift items to loyal
customers of Premier Lotto the day
before the mega birthday celebration.
For the pride of Ogun
state, Sir Kessington Adebutu was 
recently rewarded as an ICON during the Ogun at 40 celebrations
and celebrated as a man of character, kindness and generosity. The momentous
occasion was further embellished, as he was honoured with the traditional title
of Asoju
Oba of Lagos
by Oba Rilwan Akiolu (The Oba of Lagos) (replacing the late Chief Molade Okoya Thomas).
The auspicious day
was  bright and beautiful as the
celebrant woke up with his regular morning devotion, where, with the entire
family members, he dedicated the day to the glorious hands of God. Even before
the prayers could end, and just as the first flicker of light began to
penetrate his windows, visitors came to wish him well. Of course, everyone who
knows, Sir Kesington Adebutu is aware that he is a man of the people.
The preparation for the church service was first-rate and classy, capturing all
the finesse of a quintessential man of style. By 11am, a convoy of exotic cars
left for the Methodist Church of the Trinity, Tinubu, Lagos where the thanksgiving service was

Ovation Publisher, Chief Dele Momodu with an aide

At the church, guests,
spotlessly dressed in orange, blue and silver outfits were seated patiently,
awaiting the Man of the Occasion. His arrival, heralded a new kind of
excitement that enlivened the atmosphere and the service proper began. The
Officiating Priest eulogized the courage of the time-tested entrepreneur,
saying that Sir Kesington’s life has touched a lot of lives across the nation.
He gave thanks to God for giving this generation a man in the caliber of Sir Adebutu,
who despite his accomplishments never forgets the Lord. In his short speech,
the celebrant was full of thanks to the Almighty God for sparing his life this
far, saying that it was neither by his power nor wealth that he is alive today.
The event planners,
under the direction of the celebrant’s wives were at their creative best. They
laid out an impressive yellow carpet, instead of the regular red carpet. Here,
many were given the opportunity to discuss the personality of Sir
Adebutu @ 80
. They paid glowing tribute to a man they all agreed has
firmly planted his feet on the sands of time. The near carnival that was
witnessed at the church as child’s play, compared to the superlative reception
that unfoled at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites. It was a
party like no other, a fitting celebration of a worthy business titan.

Lagos State Governor, Akiwunmi Ambode congratulate The Birthday ‘Boy’ @  80

...And People came to celebrate the
New Asoju Oba of Lagos..
As expected, several
top personalities from all walks of life converged at both the church and
reception to celebrate him. Among them were top politicians, business moguls,
captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, academia, royal fathers,
leaders of market associations, notable entertainment practitioners and
ordinary Nigerians whose lives he had touched. Personalities included: Governor
of Ogun
state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun
who doubled as the Chairman of the event, Awujale
of Ijebuland
, Oba Sikiru Adetona; white cap chiefs, who represented the Oba
of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
(GCFR); the former US Ambassador, Amb. Walter Carrington and
wife,  Mrs. Arese Carrington,
former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Segun Osoba and wife, Dr.
Mrs. Derinsola Osoba
, former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba
Gbenga Daniel
and his wife Yeye Olufunke Daniel, Lagos PDP
gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; former Lagos State
Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sarah Sosan; former President of
Island Clu, Chief Adeniyi Williams; the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs.
Idiat Adebule
and her boss, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr.
Akinwunmi Ambode
;  Senator
Oluremi Tinubu
, Senator Teslim Balogun, Senator
Fatima Raji Rasaki
, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator
Olorunmbe Mamora
, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon.
Omosede Igbinedion
. Publisher of OVATION Internatioanl Magazine, Bashorun
Dele Momodu
; the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of
Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chief Rasaq Okoya and wife, Sade,
and wife Mojirade, former First Lady of Lagos
State, Dame Abimbola Fashola, the Asiwaju of Ile-Ife, Chief
Alex Oyekunle
Duduyemi, Senator Buruji Kashamu, Justice
Shola Oguntade
(Rtd) and wife, Mrs. Shade Oguntade; Hajia
Abba Folawiyo
, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the
legendary story-teller and entertainer, Pa. Jimi Solanke.
Tuface Idibia, others serenade Baba Ijebu with music soiree…
At the lavishly
decorated reception venue K-Square Security a leading Nigerian
security company provided water-tight security. At every interval, the likes of
Idibia, Sir Victor Olaiya, Mike
, Pa Jimi Solanke and the ever youthful King Sunny Ade were on hand to
provide soul inspiring music, which added a touch of spice to the A-list event.
In company of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Idayat Adebule, his grand
and great-grandchildren, Sir Kesington Adebutu cut his
gigantic 4-tier 80th
birthday cake to the thunderous applause of everyone. And everyone wished  the great entrepreneur, betting expert and
philanthropist 80 glorious cheers!

Baba Ijebu…Loved by many

Nigerians pay tributes to the Lotto Guru @ 80
At 80, the man Kesington
has affected the lives of very many people through his
foundation. His 80th birthday presented an opportunity for so many
of them to say ‘thank you’ to this remarkable philantroist who loves God with
all his heart. These are a few of the tributes that were showered on Sir
by family and friends.
are hardworking, diligent, caring and God fearing. You are a pillar of strength
and support to our family. You have provided for us completely and
unconditionally, and for that I am grateful. Thank you for the Godly foundation
you laid for us and the values you instilled in our children. These have become
a guiding light for them as they navigate the journey of life.  Happy birthday, my darling Bukola”
 Lady Caroline Adebutu ( 2nd Wife)
are a man of great honour who has been able to stir our home and union
vigorously with so much zeal and passion; you are truly a captain
par-excellence! My Chairman, you are one in a million and men like you only
come once in a million years. Thank you for being the loving, caring person you
are, and if loving you is wrong, I don’t every want to be right Dodo.  Happy birthday my love!”
Chief (Mrs.) Kofoworola
Adetutu. (1st Wife)
Presidential wish for Baba Ijebu @ 80
From President
Muhammadu Buhari
, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian
Armed Forces came this prayer to Sir Kessington Adebutu “It is my prayer that legacy of harmony,
prosperity and steadfast progress you brought to your community and the nation
will endure perpetually even as Almighty God blesses you with robust health and
many more years of fulfillment. The ideals of unparalleled patriotism, piety
and sterling leadership which you epitomizes, are traits which will continue to
inspire us in our national efforts”
.  Muhammadu
Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Baba Ijebu & Family

Obasanjo’s prayer for Baba Ijebu @  80
Former Nigerian
President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief Mathew Aremu Okikiolakan
Olusegun Obasanjo
also said something for the celebrant “You are a remarkable entrepreneur whose
vision, determination and resilience have added value to the community and
hundreds, if not thousands of families who depend on your ventures, enterprises
and other commercial activities. A giant in very many respects, a distinguished
leader in the church, politics, business and philanthropy, above all you are a
patriot and a nationalist of no mean order”.
Former President Olusegun
Yemi Osinbajo’s prayer for Baba Ijebu
Nigeria’s Vice
President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo added his voice and
prayer for the veteran pool betting guru. He said “Among other reasons my delight with Chief Adebutu’s attainment is due to the fact that Nigeria needs
men like him as reminders of the virtues and gains of hard work, integrity and
humane generosity. With his uncommon dedication to duty, he has recorded great
achievements, not just in gaming and entertainment, but in diverse business
areas, such as agriculture, manufacturing and estate management. I heartily
wish Sir Kessington Adebutu a very happy birthday and many more years in good
health, happiness and his-usual-prosperity”. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria
Akiolu’s royal prayers for Baba Ijebu
Another prominent
personality who prayed for the celebrant is the Olowo Eko of Lagos, Oba
(Dr.) Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu
. He started by saying “This is a man who believe in the saying ‘Teach a man how to catch fish
rather than giving him fish to eat so that they can be on their own’
.  And the Kabiyesi prayed for Sir
“My wish and prayer to
this gentleman to the core is good health, long life and many, many more
successful years to serve his fatherland”
. Oba Riliwanu Akiotu 1, Oba of

Baba Ijebu’s gigantic 80th Birthday Cake

Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom offers kind words…
Another high ranking Oba
who has a word for the celebrant was the Osemawe of Ondo kingdom, Oba
(Dr.) Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo
(Jilo 1). He said this about the
celebrant “Across the board, Sir Adebutu has a blatant disposition
and burning sympathetic compassion towards the less-privileged, so m much so
that he would often go out of his way to seek them out. This further sets him
apart such that he may be regarded as a first rate philanthropist, who does not
count the cost, but assesses the impact of his generosity. His passion and
drive is to see lives changed through the blessings God has placed in his
. Oba Dr. Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo, Osemawa of Ondo Kingdom
Methodist Church sing praises of Baba Ijebu
The word came from His
Eminence, Dr. Samuel Emeka Uche
, Prelate; Methodist Church of Nigeria. He said “Your longevity and robust health is not surprising because you have
lived all your mature and golden life for others. You are not only a lover of
God, but also a very generous and magnanimous supporter of His work and His
children. Most importantly, you are one of those who understand that man came
to the world naked, and will return to his maker naked. Happy birthday, and be
assured that your labor of love cannot be in vain”.
His eminence, Dr. Samuel ‘Emeka
Uche, Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria

Baba Ijebu…A man who used his wealth to bless humanity

the Jagaban of Borgu hails the Lotto King @ 80
The next man to speak
about the virtues of Sir Kessington Adebutu is the former
Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Hear him speak about Baba Ijebu ‘It is hard to beat a man that never gives up’ those are the words of Baba Ruth, one of the very first five
men to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They are words I am sure Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu is very familiar with, even if
both men are legends of different games. As he doggedly fought the dire
conditions of his youth to rise to the pinnacle of his chosen trade, Sir Kessington must have trained his
body and mind to resist the urge to submit to defeat. A people’s lover and
friend of the poor! A fine gentleman and an inspiration to us all! Sir
Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu, I salute you!”
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former
Governor, Lagos State.
Ambo’s salutation for Baba Ijebu @ 80
The Governor of Lagos
State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode praised the lotto king to heavens when he
declared “I admire and love your energy,
particularly the way you share your gifts for living fully with your family and
friends, the integrity you bring to your work, the joy you find in helping
others and your enviable achievements in the field of commerce. You exemplify
everything that is dear and noble; character, intelligence, kindness and love,
which all comes easily to you. I am a living witness of your generosity and
charitable lifestyle. Best wishes on behalf of me and the good people of Lagos
His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State.
SIA said it all…
State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun  (SIA) is a man of few words but once he says
something, trust that he will always make sense and that was why everybody took
his words for Baba Ijebu serious “Baba
Ijebu, as he is fondly called by his admirers and clientele, belongs to the
generation of trail blazers and illustrious sons of our dear state. Indeed, Chief Adebutu’s successes in business
epitomize one of Steve Job’s quotes
– “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs
from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”. Happy birthday Baba Ijebu!
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun
testimony of BRF…
Former Lagos State
Governor and triple portfolio minister of Works, Housing & Power; Barrister
Babatunde Raji Fashola
(SAN) testified that Baba Ijebu is a good man.
Hear him “I bear personal testimony of
the impact of his initiative to the growth of a Lagos lottery fund, being
monies paid as licenses’ and charges to the Lagos State government which grew
to N6 million when I left office, and which was available for government to
spend on good causes like education, healthcare, children development and other
public spirited purposes. From pioneering lotto business and putting the money
back for public benefit, Sir Kessington
proves that the lotto is indeed the stock exchange of the common
Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN); former Governor of Lagos State

The Celebrant with two of his wives at the Church

have enjoyed his deep friendship, advice, reliability, and great character… he
is a complete gentleman, a great achiever and a man of uncommon kindness and
Baba A. Ajibola, former Judge, International
Court of Justice.
thank God for your life and what you are doing for the less-privileged in our
society. You will continue to be like “a tree planted by the rivers of waters
that bringeth forth his fruit in his due season, his leaf shall not wither, and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” Psalm 1:3We salute your courage and
benevolence”. Mrs. Chioma Ohakwe,
behalf of Bethesda Home for the Blind
Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation
(KAAF) has procured
internet access to many higher institutions’ school fees portals and this is
now being utilized for instant confirmation of each candidate’s indebtedness to
his/her university, polytechnic or college of education. I congratulate Sir Adebutu, the philanthropist per
excellence and wish him many more years in good health on this wonderful planet
earth”. Muda Akanni Akinyemi, Executive Director, Ogun State University
Development Foundation
Culled from Ovation
International Magazine


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