When Femi Otedola woke up on Sunday, November 10, so many thoughts had occupied his mind.
But there is no doubt that attending the Gala Dinner organised by his daughter, Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, in support of the Save Our Children vision later in the day at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja was topmost in his itinerary.
It is not impossible that the Otedola, Executive Chairman of Geregu Power Plc, must have made very brilliant contributions, as may be necessary, to the success of the event put together by his multiple award-winning daughter.
But what the richest man in the South Western part of Nigeria obviously didn’t share with any soul, as the day drew nearer, was what he intended to offer as financial support towards the cause during the event.
A few hours into the evening of fun, when the fate of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country, was again foregrounded and being critically examined by concerned individuals, government functionaries and corporate organizations, the Lagos State-born multibillonaire businessman shocked the world with a personal donation of a whopping sum of N5bn!
If asked if he had thought it out, he would have, bumming with his wonted effervescent smile, answered in the affirmative. He would have also told you that he did not give out such a humongous amount of money to lift the souls of the affected persons or to the promoters of the Save Our Children because his lovely daughter was involved. He would have also probably told you that he did not need the money to buy 39 units of 2019 Rolls Royce, 92 units of 2019 Mercedes G-wagon, three luxury apartment in New York,250,000 bottles of Hennessy Cognac, 395 units of 2019 Tesla model three electric cars, seven vintage Yarch or even start a luxury private jet business with seven cirrus vision jets cause he knew the money could be used for the sake of humanity .
The donation remained the biggest in this generation and would definitely remain unmatched for a long time to come. Probably, not this generation.
When he made the announcement, the hall did not only literally rise and tumble in joy, his daughter, in particular, was indescribably over-joyed and felt greatly proud of his father’s act of magnanimity.
Indeed, what appeared like a thread among the dignitaries, including Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulumid; Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; Group Chief Executive Officer, Oando Group, Adewale Tinubu; Hajia Bola Shagaya; Babagana Kingigbe; Minister Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, his counterpart from Lagos, Babajide Sanwoolu; former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; former anti-corruption czar, Nuhu Ribadu and Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu wasthat Otedola is a rare creature.
As it would be expected, his gesture, which the Vice President described as the biggest donation ever by an individual in Africa to the cause, has been trending on the social media.
But those who know him too well say giving is almost his second nature.
It will be recalled that Otedola, in 2017, had dazzled at the Augustine University’s Fundraising and Founders’ Day event held at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, where he was the Chief Launcher.
On that occasion, he had reportedly wowed when he made a pledge to donate a well-equipped Faculty of Engineering building to the institution, which will be worth over N500million.
A few months after, the shrewd businessman fulfilled his promise, when he laid the foundation of the building in the presence of the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace Most Reverend (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins and his mother, Lady Doja Otedola, among other notable personalities.
Among his other acts of uncommon generosity and fellow-feeling, he came to the rescue of ailing popular thespian, Victor Olaotan, last year, when he needed over $100,000 for treatment of an injury he sustained in a ghastly auto accident in 2016.
The veteran actor received the much-needed but expensive neuro-rehabilitation treatment that saved his legs from being amputated, courtesy of the Lagos State- born business magnate’s kindness.
Interestingly, since the beginning of this year, the businessman has not only rededicated his energy into giving, he has channelled billions of Naira into charity.
For instance, the benevolent billionaire took up the medical expenses of the famous reggae icon, Majek Fashek, who was terribly sick and stranded in London.
In line with his avowed commitment to lending a helping hand to his needy compatriots, Otedola, again, helped a dying soul, Christian Chukwu.
Immediately news broke that the former Green Eagles skipper needed $50,000 to complete treatment for prostate cancer which had affected his leg, Otedola was said to have called him and promised to foot the bill at the Wellington Hospital, London.
He could not imagine the man who had made the country proud in the past as the captain of the first Nigeria team to win the African Nation cup continue to writhe in pains.
In May this year, Otedola also came to the aid of Peter Fregene, a former Green Eagles goalkeeper, who had been bedridden since 2001.
Otedola has also reportedly taken up the medical expenses of ailing Nollywood actor, Sadiq Daba.
In 2017, Daba, who had been battling leukaemia and prostate cancer for the past few years, returned to Nigeria from the UK ,where he went for medical treatment.
The ace broadcaster also revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017. This was barely months after he was hospitalised due to leukaemia.
It is a fact that the billionaire energy magnate does not court media attention needlessly. Yet, almost every move he makes, either in his business or private life, has never escaped the attention of newshounds.
Such is the life of this business mogul who has become an angel of hope to many and a God-sent to his compatriots who have been visited by the vicissitude and lassitude of life.
City Businessman, Kenny Duyile, Cooking Something New
For some time now, man of many parts Chief Kenny DUYILE seems to have been off the social circle radar that made many quibbling minds to be wondering what was happening around him.
His avoidance of the klieg lights for some time now we gathered has nothing to do with a dwindling fortune or influence., but a deliberate move for him to concentrate on a particular business project that has been taking up his time lately.
Unknown to many, the ONDO high Chief who is into various business interests ranging from, but not limited to Real Estate, Farming, Hospitality, Publishing, Oil and Gas has been swiftly and silently cooking something big that will see the sunshine state of Ondo becoming the hub of undiluted entertainment.
Industrious and very astute businessman , who is one of the privileged few that can boast of the ownership of the posh wonder on wheels Rolls Royce series from the 90s till date, has been investing heavily in what will become the talk of the town , not only in rocky town of Ondo but the entire country Nigeria, because the vibration will be heard loud and clear when it eventually birth .
Those who know believe that this new project will be a bang because Chief Kenny is not known to doing his things in small measures
For the records ,Chief Kenny DUYILE, was the brain behind the then talk of the town society journal, Celebrity Mirror and also wave making hospitality haven , Rockview Hotels that are majorly located in the southwest of the country.
Resident doctors threaten to embark on indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1
There was palpable fear after Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) threatens to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1.
The body disclosed (NARD) that the strike will be coming on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands. According to members of the association, since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones are yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.
According to a statement released in Abuja by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, after NARD’s extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, March 28, reads in part
“The NEC observed that her earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government during the January 2021 NEC meeting in Owerri will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021 with no significant achievement.
The NEC reiterated her full support for the Central Placement of House Officers. Nevertheless, they decried the agony our members have been made to pass through for three months now without salaries despite uninterrupted service delivery to the nation.
This is due to the inefficiency of the Registrar of MDCN in handling the processes of central placement of House Officers as approved by the Federal Executive Council since 2017.
The NEC bemoaned the suffering of some of our members in GIFMIS platform who have not been paid salaries for four months now due to delay in biometric capturing by IPPIS department.
They lamented the inhumane treatment being meted on our members in some State Tertiary Institutions like ABSUTH being owed twenty months salaries, IMSUTH five months salaries and UNIMEDTH three months salaries.
The NEC also observed that despite the three-month window given to the Federal Government to review the hazard allowance of health workers, the hazard allowance has remained a paltry sum of five thousand naira monthly.
The NEC noted that despite the efforts of NARD, the erroneously paid 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) to non-resident Doctors is yet to be addressed. Also, the 2019, some of 2020 and 2021 MRIF are yet to be paid.”
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