Billionaire friends of Kessington Adebutu also known as Baba Ijebu on Tuesday attended his 88th birthday thanksgiving and reception at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos.
Among his wealthy friends who showed up to celebrate with him was the founder of Eleganza Group, Rasaq Okoya; Samuel Adedoyin and Olu Okeowo.
Also present at the reception was the lead pastor of Trinity House Church in Lagos, Ituah Ighodalo; broadcaster Bisi Olatilo; businesswoman and socialite Abiola Dosunmu.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo also attended the reception.
Guests were treated to songs by gospel singer Yinka Alaseyori and saxophonist Beejay Sax.
Christian and Muslim leaders also gathered at Adebutu’s residence to pray for him.
Adebutu is a native of Ogun State. Before venturing into lottery business, he worked as an employee at Cable and Wireless Limited (which later transformed into NITEL) as an operations clerk in 1956. In 1963, he left the company to start up his own business and became a pool agent. The company has grown into a multi-billion-naira venture and has diversified into other businesses such as agriculture, petroleum, hospitality, manufacturing, entertainment, real estate among others.
Adebutu has been conferred with many chieftaincies titles. Among them are the Odole of Oodua, the Babalaje of Lagos, Olotu of Lagos, Balogun of Iperu Remo, Baba Oba of Iperu Remo, Akogun of Remoland and the title of the Asoju Oba of Lagos. In the religious circle, he was named the Baba Ijo of the Methodist Church.