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Sir Kesing­ton Ade­butu’s leg­endary con­tri­bu­tions at 85

- By Katib Idris Nigeria News · Charity · Society · Nigeria · Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola · Ogun State · Crescent University · Abeokuta · National university · Moshood Abiola Polytechnic

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The phil­an­thropic ges­tures of Sir Kesing­ton Ade­bukunola Ade­butu to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are leg­endary and are there for all to see.

The il­lus­tri­ous gen­tle­man from Iperu in Ogun State has mean­ing­fully touched lives of the young, the old, men and women whose luck has at­tracted them to his phi­lan­thropy.

His foun­da­tion, Kesing­ton Ade­bukunola Ade­butu Foun­da­tion(KAAF), apart from do­nat­ing build­ings and equip­ment, par­tic­u­larly to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in Nige­ria, has been used to em­power many lucky youth. It is in­struc­tive to also re­it­er­ate here (be­cause it is al­ready on record) that in his gen­eros­ity and vi­sion to im­mor­talise his name, Sir Kesing­ton Ade­butu heartily do­nated a state-of-the -art li­brary to the pres­ti­gious Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity, Abeokuta in 2009, at a time the in­sti­tu­tion was grap­pling with the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sions (NUC) ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Ade­butu de­sired that the ed­i­fice be named af­ter his late un­let­tered mother.

As a true phi­lan­thropist, Sir Kesing­ton Ade­butu does not dis­crim­i­nate in his char­ity. He is open­hearted in do­ing so. To him, hu­man­ity is one and not mea­sured from Chris­tian­ity, Is­lam, Hin­duism, idol-wor­ship­ping or athe­ism. His com­pass of hu­man mea­sure­ment re­mains kind­ness and sup­port to fel­low hu­mans ir­re­spec­tive of their back­ground, re­li­gion or race. He is kind-hearted and so­cially re­spon­si­ble. His world view man­i­fests that he abun­dantly uses his en­dowed wealth to de­velop the hu­man cap­i­tal.

Judge Aji­bola, founder and pro­pri­etor of Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity, Abeokuta was not un­grate­ful to have writ­ten a tes­ti­mo­nial on 18th Oc­to­ber, 2010 about Sir Ade­butu in the fol­low­ing words:

“Some years ago, when Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity was in the grip of fi­nan­cial con­straint and I had to scout for peo­ple to as­sist and sup­port us fi­nan­cially, I de­cided to write let­ters of ap­peal to many of our af­flu­ent friends all over Nige­ria. Most un­for­tu­nately, the re­sponse was ter­ri­bly poor and in­deed very few do­nated very lit­tle.

“For­tu­itously, how­ever, it so hap­pened that on the oc­ca­sion when Kesing­ton was launch­ing his en­dowed sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory at Mos­hood Abi­ola Polytech­nic, he specif­i­cally in­vited me to the oc­ca­sion. As I sat by him, some­thing kept urg­ing me to re­quest for an en­dow­ment to our uni­ver­sity too since we were ea­gerly look­ing for some­one to en­dow us with a li­brary.

“Fi­nally, I screwed up my courage by plac­ing the pro­posal be­fore him for the en­dow­ment of our li­brary. He agreed to do some­thing un­hesi­tat­ingly and with alacrity. He then asked me about the rough es­ti­mate which I said could cost between N25 mil­lion to N27 mil­lion. On that day, he was called upon to launch the en­dow­ment, he came with a cheque of N27 mil­lion with which we have ac­com­plished our mis­sion of build­ing the new li­brary that we are com­mis­sion­ing to­day.

“This def­i­nitely ex­plains why the li­brary we are com­mis­sion­ing now is named af­ter his mother, Late Al­haja Seliat Olasimbo Ade­butu.”

Apart from fur­ther fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance he gave to Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity, Sir Ade­butu had mer­i­to­ri­ously served on the gov­ern­ing coun­cil of this aca­demic cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in Nige­ria.In recog­ni­tion of his laud­able achieve­ments in busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria, he was also hon­oured with a Doc­tor of Sci­ence hon­oris causa in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It is there­fore ap­po­site to say that his­tory of the aca­demic and moral ex­cel­lence of Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity, Abeokuta is not com­plete with­out Kesing­ton Ade­butu as a com­plete chap­ter in phi­lan­thropy.

We heartily con­grat­u­late Sir Kesing­ton Ade­bukunola Ade­butu on the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion of his 85th birthday this month. We wish him more years of grace. Many were called but only few re­sponded.

Katib, writes from Cres­cent Uni­ver­sity, Abeokuta. (kat­i­bidris@gmail.com/+2348096629­914)

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