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In the bid to help fight the pandemic, Covid-19, popular philanthropist and businessman, Sir Kesington Adebutu, has lent his weight to the side of the opponents of the pandemic. Recently, he donated the sum of N300 million to the Lagos State government towards combating the coronavirus in the state.

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If that is not considered another heroic move? Then few things can count as heroic in these trying times for the global community. More so, given that Lagos state currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, and has served as the epicenter for the disease, all hands are needed on deck to fight. Something that Sir Kessington has expressed by the donation of such a whooping sum.

Background of the Man: Kesington Adebutu

Born in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, the lotto mogul who turns 85 this year started his career in the 60’s as a sales manager at Claffin Chemical Limited, an American chemical company which produced caffinol, magnesia, among other chemicals. He was in charge of Lagos State and the whole of Mid-Western state. But the young and vibrant Adebutu, not feeling accomplished in his job as a Sales Manager with an American company quit his job to start a pooling business as an agent!

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Kesington Adebutu: A Donor for a Just Cause

In a letter addresses to the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Sir Kesington, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, described the donation as his own way helping the state in bringing succour to those who are down with the disease. According to the letter written by the businessman,

“On behalf of myself, my entire family and organisation, we commend the dynamic efforts of Your Excellency in bringing succour to the sufferers of COVID-19 in the state.”

Kesington Adebutu

“As a token of our support to the victims, myself, family and organisation are donating a modest sum of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira Only) towards which we have forwarded the necessary instruction and our Banker–Wema Bank Plc has transferred the sum into the dedicated UBA Account number 1022751273 of LASG COVID-19.”


“Copies of our cheque and receipt of the payment are attached for easy reference.”




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This article was first published on 11th May 2020


Jeremiah is a scholar and a poet. He has a keen eye for studying the world and is passionate about people. He tweets at @jeremiahaluwong.

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