Kessington Adebutu, popularly known as “Baba Ijebu’’, owner of the multi-million Naira lotto business- Premier Lotto- on Tuesday, advised youth to be patient in their quest for success.
Mr. Adebutu gave the advice while receiving an award from the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers’ Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) for his contributions to the Nigerian media industry at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos.
The octogenarian, who turned 81 on Monday, also said that philanthropy was his way of showing appreciation to God and humanity.
“I do not really know what I have done to deserve this award because whatever I do, I do by the grace of God,” the News Agency of Nigeria quotes Mr. Adebutu as saying.
He told journalists that God had been gracious to allow him continue to make money even in his old age, adding that would continue his philanthropic gestures and contributions to the growth of the society.
The philanthropist advised youth to be patient in their pursuit of success, adding that honesty, which aided the growth of his business, was the greatest asset they need for success.
“The youth have to learn how to crawl before they begin to walk but today’s youth are too much in a haste which was not so in our days,” NAN quotes him as saying.
He acknowledged the problem of youth unemployment but called for patience on the part of youth, even in the midst of economic hardship.
Mr. Adebutu was optimistic that the nation’s economy will soon improve.
Earlier, the President of RATTAWU, Yemisi Bamgbose, who led a delegation of union members to present the award, said “We present this award to you as the pillar of support to the media in Nigeria.”
Mr. Bamgbose recounted all the good deeds of the awardee to both the union and the media industry and said that the honour was a well-deserved one.
He told journalists that “Adebutu Kessington donated nearly all the funds used to build the national secretariat of the union about seven years ago.”
“Our own award is not for sale. It is just to show appreciation for what he did for the union, ‘’ he said.
Bamgbose also said that RATTAWU was doing its best to ensure the upkeep of the welfare of journalists and to ensure that practitioners in the media profession were not owed salaries.
The union’s General-Secretary, Henry Odugale, South West Vice President, Rasheed Akande, and Vice Chairman Adebowale Akinwunmi were on the entourage.
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