UI club breaks 73-year-old tradition for Kessington Adebutu

Kessington Adebutu

Businessman Kessington Adebutu also known as Baba Ijebu has been inducted into the Sigma Club of the University of Ibadan (UI).

The induction took place in Lagos. It was the first time in 73 years that the event would be held outside the university.

The event celebrated Adebutu as the 51st esteemed member of the club and his 88th birthday.

Chairman of the occasion, Professor Gabriel Ogunmola, emphasised that honorees must be individuals with a proven track record of accomplishments, serving as a source of inspiration for club members. Adebutu was chosen for this honour based on his outstanding achievements and his dedicated service to humanity and Nigeria.

“From the modest beginnings of a group of gentlemen undergraduates at the University of Ibadan 73 years ago,” Professor Ogunmola said, “emerged a great Nigerian: a patriot, a philanthropist, a prominent businessman, and a significant figure in our society — Sir (Dr) Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu.”

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Sigma chief Eniola Oluwajenyo hailed Adebutu as a living embodiment of the virtues upheld by the club. He described Adebutu as a remarkable, respected, and honourable man deserving of recognition, highlighting his remarkable accomplishments, impeccable qualifications, and, most importantly, his extensive philanthropic endeavours, which align seamlessly with the values of the Sigma Club.

Oluwajenyo also shared plans for the construction of the Sigma House at UI which would serve as a residence for university students.

Following his formal induction into the club, Adebutu expressed his deep appreciation for the club’s decision to extend this honour to him in Lagos, recognising that such a gesture transcends typical chieftaincy and traditional honours. He warmly embraced his new identity as a Sigmite.

During the event, awards of recognition were presented to members who had made significant contributions and sacrifices for the club. Among them was the CEO of FirstBank, Adesola Adeduntan.