Sir Kessington Adebutu with Gov. Fashola His son Oladipupo
One of the twelve children of
lotto magnate Sir Kessington Adebutu, Oladipupo Adebutu, 52, in an interview
with Punch revealed a lot about his dad and some are quiet interesting. Sir
Adebutu is a lotto lord and one of the richest sons from Ogun State, Ijebu
experience with your dad?
an enigma. He is a multi-faceted person. That’s the way I will describe him. In
my own opinion, he is the most generous father on earth. He gives without
looking back. He gives only the best, and no half measure. No sacrifice for him
is too much for a child. But there are fundamental principles which you dare
not abridge with him. Once you give him your word, you must die for it for you
to change it. It is very hard to do, because things change. But to him, once
you give a commitment, you must fulfil it. And that is the mainstay of his
business — gaming. He went into that business without capital. He went into it
with goodwill and his word. He says, ‘play coupon, when you win, I will pay you
your money.’ And because he maintained that goodwill, the gaming business is
successful. Again, when he went into lotto business, it is with the same
goodwill and his word — play, win and get your money. He usually tells us his
children that a good name is better than silver and gold. He tells us to honour
business: pools betting and lotto?
pools betting business, among them was Face to Face. He’s been in business for
as long as I could remember. He did a lot of other businesses. He was an
importer of tiles, ceramics and adhesives among others, for a very long time.
But as the economy grew from bad to worse, those businesses became much more
difficult to do and gradually he eased out of them.
when they were young?
an enigma. If he’s within the country, wherever he was, he would come back home
at 1.00pm for his lunch. We would all have our lunch together. And on Sundays,
he gave the children a special treat, by taking us to either Mainland Hotel or
Federal Palace Hotel to spend the Sunday afternoon Again, every summer, he
would take us abroad for vacation for two or three weeks. He is very good man.
But currently, I have a problem working with this kind of standard, and my
children are asking, ‘Daddy, Grandpa took you abroad for summer, and stayed
with you, why didn’t you do the same for us?’ My father is a fantastic man.
nor polo. He enjoys the company of his friends and they play card games such as
poker and black jack. They do have a good time.
socialises well. He loves parties and he loves good life.
a bottle of beer.
means of conveyance. For a long time, he fancies Mercedes Benz. But he added
two others. Specifically, he’s more into Mercedes Benz cars.
also my biggest liability. It is an asset because it opens doors and it gives
me special recognition easily. But the flipside is that people tend to expect
too much from me. And a lot of things that others will do and go scot-free, I
dare not do, because of that name. But I am not complaining, since both
liability and asset must go hand-in-hand.
for moderation, and he does not have any favourite food. He enjoys both local
and international dishes. But he loves vegetable. It must be well prepared with
a lot of sawa fish.
his friends call him?
‘Kessy Bobo’ and he cherishes it so much.
people call him, evolve?
The nickname originates from the lotto business. It has to do with the way he
has managed people’s resources. That is when someone plays the game and he or
she wins, he or she gets instant payment. It is because someone has managed
those resources well. And for we Ijebus, there is the general belief that we
are good managers of resources. I think that’s how that name came about.
he does not know how to do. It is very painful. He is always doing something. I
wish my father could just go somewhere and rest for a while. When he goes on
vacation, he carries his work with him. What kind of vacation is that? And he
will be phoning the office every three hours to monitor his business back home.
deserves to rest. He was 79 years old last October.
officer. If you tell him lies, you are asking for more trouble. It is better to
come clean, because with his intellect and ability to investigate, you will
work, forthrightness and truthfulness from him.
change about your dad, what will it be?
about him is that at times he can be too fastidious. He is demanding and
sometimes his extent of demand cannot necessarily be the best. If one can get
80 per cent compliant from a human being and one is insisting it should be 100
per cent, it can make things unworkable. One must overlook some things.
some few years back, how did his children feel about it?
multi-faceted man. And it depends from which area you are looking at him. It is
something I will do, so I will be the last person to criticise his action.
Every 10 years or thereabout, my father finds a new love. May be for others
with his position, stature and resources, such persons may find new love every
five years. In my own opinion, my father is not excessive in this aspect.
exciting. It is a very exciting way for recreation and it is quite interesting.
children from five women. We are seven boys and five girls.
Ebenezer Obey’s music. He has extensive collection of their works.
descent. His parents were Muslims.
faith that suits us. For instance, I am an evangelist in the Celestial Church
of Christ fold. Some of us are in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.