Kesington Adebutu foundation, Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation(KAAF) apart from donating buildings and equipment particularly to educational institutions in Nigerian, has been used to empower many lucky youths. It is instructive to also reiterate here (because it is already on record) that in his generosity and vision to immortalise his name, Sir Kesington Adebutu heartily donated a state-of -the -art library to the young Crescent University, Abeokuta in 2009. He desired that the edifice be named after his late mother.
As a true philanthropist, Sir Kesington Adebutu does not discriminate in his charity. He is kind-hearted and socially responsible. His world view suggests that abundantly uses his endowed wealth to develop the human capital.
Judge Ajibola, founder and proprietor of Crescent University, Abeokuta wrote a testimonial on 18th October, 2010 about Sir Adebutu in the following words:
“Some years ago when Crescent University was in the grip of financial constraint and I had to scout for people to assist and support us financially, I decided to write letters of appeal to many of our affluent friends all over Nigeria. Most unfortunately, the response was terribly poor and indeed very few donated very little…
“Fortuitously, however, it so happened that on the occasion when Kesington was launching his endowed science laboratory at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, he specifically invited me to the occasion. As I sat by him, something kept urging me to request for an endowment to our university too since we were eagerly looking for someone to endow us with a library.
“Finally, I screwed up my courage by placing the proposal before him for the endowment of our library. He agreed to do something unhesitatingly and with alacrity. He then asked me about the rough estimate which I said could cost between Twenty-five to Twenty-seven Million Naira. On that day, he was called upon to launch the endowment, he came with a cheque of Twenty-seven Million Naira with which we have accomplished our mission of building the new library that we are commissioning today.
This definitely explains why library we are commissioning now is named after his mother, Late Alhaja Seliat Olasimbo Adebutu”.
Apart from further financial assistance he gave to our university, Sir Adebutu had meritoriously served on the governing council of Crescent University, Abeokuta. This is why each time the success story of this young but dynamic university is mentioned, sir Adebutu is one of those personages whose names reverberate in our archival records.
We heartily congratulate Sir Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu on the auspicious occasion of his four scores on the surface of the earth.Many are called but few are chosen.
Like the precious stone, Sir Adebutu has honorably exhibited rarity and thus, has succeeded writing his name in gold.
President Buhari affirms that Mr. Kesington Adebutu’s philanthropic programmes under the auspices of the Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation have made life more meaningful for less privileged Nigerians.
Describing as “worthy of emulation” the donations made particularly to educational and religious organisations by the kind-hearted octogenarian, popularly called “Baba Ijebu”, the President notes that such contributions have endeared him to Nigerians from all parts of the country.
President Buhari prays that Almighty God will grant Mr. Adebutu, a recipient of several chieftaincy titles and honorary doctorate degrees, good health and longer life to continue rendering selfless services to his fatherland and humanity.