Chief Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu (Baba Ijebu)
Industrialist, Businessman And Philanthropist
The name Premier Lotto might not immediately ring a bell to the ears of the average Nigerian but the name
‘Baba Ijebu’ does.
Chief Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu, popularly known and referred to as “BABA IJEBU”, is a renowned
industrialist, an astute businessman and a philanthropist to the core.
He is the brain behind the “Premier Lotto Limited” (PLL) also known as “Baba Ijebu”, a Gaming Company which was incorporated in 2001. The foundation was established to carry out the Lotto business in Nigeria, while his Foundation “Kessington Adebukola Adebutu Foundation”, caters for the less privileged and also supports hospital patients and their education. His principle that an educated and healthy soul can never be hungry was the drive behind the establishment of the foundation.
Chief Kessington Coming from a humble background, Chief Kesington Adebutu was born to the 24th of October
1935 to late Alhaji Karimu Folarin and late Alhaja Seliat Olasimbi in Iperu-Remo. He was at Ijero Baptist School, Apapa Road, Ebute-Meta in Lagos to complete his primary education. He was admitted into Baptist Academy, Lagos, for his secondary education in 1951 and completed at the famous Remo Secondary School (ESS), Sagamu, Ogun state in 1955 and was a very intelligent student as he topped his class in the School Leaving Certificate Examination.
His brilliant educational background no doubt is a precursor to his love for education with many philanthropic
gestures to countless educational institutions across the country. Shortly after he completed his secondary school education, he was employed at the Classic Chemical Limited, a pharmaceutical company that produces
Andrew’s Liver Salt, Cafenol and amongst other drugs. He rose from the position of a Salesman to the position
of a Sales Manager until he left the company in 1963 for his own establishment “Premier lotto”, a business that
brought him to limelight.
Chief Kessington partnered with his friend, Chief Solomon Adebayo Ayoku, and worked with him to make the
business a great success; with the huge proceeds realized from the pooling business, they diversified into other
businesses like agriculture, manufacturing, estate management, entertainment and so on.
Today, the betting game which started with little amount of money has grown fully into a multi-million-dollar
betting business which has helped in transforming the lives of so many, and putting food on the tables of the
poor and needy in the society.
The company, today, is being run by a team of seasoned individuals who have well over 40 years of experience
in the gaming industry and they have successfully used their wealth of knowledge and experience to develop,
sustain and strengthen the business; thus, giving rise to one of the biggest lotto businesses practiced in West
The philanthropic gestures of Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu to educational institutions are legendary and there for all to see. One can describe him as a believer, a supporter, a cheerleader, a friend, a loyalist and a
cheerful giver who is committed to empowerment and giving back to the society.
Apart from donating buildings and equipment, particularly to educational institutions in Nigeria, the Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) has also played a significant role in empowering youths round the country. It is important to also point out here (because it is already on record) that in his generosity and vision to immortalize his name, Sir Kesington Adebutu heartily donated a state-of-the-art library to the young Crescent University, Abeokuta in 2009; He donated a N50 million e-library to the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos State, and has contributed immensely to the promotion of culture across the country.
As a true philanthropist, Sir Kessington Adebutu does not discriminate in his charitable deeds. He is kind-
hearted, socially responsible and he uses his wealth for human capital development. His generosity and
philanthropy earned him his first ever chieftaincy title “Babalaje of Lagos”, and his subsequent conferment as
the “Asoju Oba of Lagos”.
Some of the donations to the different citadels of learning include: The Sir Kessington Adebutu multimillion-
naira state of the art radio station to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye; Sir Kessington Adebutu donated
an ultra-modern Centre to the University of Lagos; the Alhaja Seliat Adebutu Library at Crescent University and
the Sir Kessington Adebutu Science Laboratory; new Remo Methodist High School building and new block of
classrooms at Gaskiya College, Badiya, Lagos, donated in 2008.
In October 2015, Chief Kessington Adebutu was decorated with a honorary title “Doctor of Business
Administration” by the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), for his invaluable contribution to the nation’s
DAWN Commission celebrates you sir.
You Are An Akikanju