Billionaire Femi Otedola is not just known for eating ice cream with his daughters in the streets of Italy, neither is he only known for always supporting the Super Eagles with mouth watering sums in major footballing tournaments, he has in the past couple of months showed “milk if kindness” to 4 prominent sick Nigerians (who in their prime brought fame and glory to this country) by paying their medical bills and even in some situations sending them abroad for treatment. He has showed great act of philanthropy and needs to be commended.
Below is a list of the famous Nigerians Femi Otedola who recently sold his stakes in Forte oil has extended footed their medical bills with pictures.
1. Sadiq Daba
Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola in his magnanimity offered to foot the medical bills of ailing Nollywood actor, Sadiq Daba. The actor was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) recently in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
For many years, the actor was battling with prostate cancer and traveled to the United kingdom for medical treatment only to return to Nigerian in 2017. After living the semblance of a normal life for a short two years, Daba took ill again.
Here is his statement on Sadiq Daba ill health: “I was saddened to hear that he had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer just two years ago. From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency unit of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up. I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.”
2. Christian Chukwu
Former Nigeria captain and coach Christian Chukwu in April travelled to England for medical treatment.
The 68-year-old who captained Super Eagles to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980 needed $50,000 for his medical care overseas.
Nigeria Football Federation sought financial support for Chukwu and billionaire Femi Otedola came to his rescue by providing the money for his trip abroad.
Thanking the oil magnate for his kind gesture, coach Chukwu in his words said: “Otedola has made me, I can play football again,” Chukwu said jokingly when he paid the oil mogul a visit in Lagos on Friday.
“If you saw me before I left for London, you won’t believe I’ll be here talking to you. I think I won’t be making a mistake if I say after God, it’s Otedola in my life”.
3. Peter Fregene
Billionaire businessman and chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, extended his hand of generosity as he took it upon himself to pay the medical expenses of ailing former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Fregene who was bedridden as a result of stroke.
The 72-year-old Fregene who represented Nigeria in the 1968 Olympic games, has been seriously ill in Sapele, Delta state. According to reports, he had been bedridden since 2016.
Otedola got to know about the footballer’s ailing condition. He sent his representatives to Sapele, Delta state where the footballer stays to check on him and he has since gave orders for Fregene to be airlifted from the airport in Edo state to Lagos state where he received medical attention at the Reddington hospital located in Ikoyi, Lagos state.
4. Olaotan Victor
Olaotan Victor who is best known for his role as Fred Ade-Williams in the long-running television drama, ‘Tinsel’, and the movie “Three Wise Men’’, was reportedly involved in a ghastly road traffic accident in 2016 and required $50,000 for his medical treatment in 2018 following protracted ailment.
A go-fund-me account was opened on his behalf for friends, fans and industry colleagues to donate towards his treatment.
Mofe-Damijo took to his Instagram page @mofedamijo on Wednesday morning of 2018 and shared the uplifting news that Otedola would clear all the medical expenses.
He said, “so, a few days ago, I reached out to @femiotedola asking for help for my friend and brother, Victor and just this morning Femi calls to tell me that he would take care of ALL of Victor’s bills.
“He told me that he is already on it and that his people are talking to Victor’s wife. Is God not awesome?? I can’t even contain my joy and gratitude.
“Thank you Femi @femiotedola you are a man and half and thank you to my young friend @gbenroajibade for championing this cause.
Olaotan has long been treated and his condition has greatly improved.
Thank you Femi Ote$.