I, Oba (Dr.) Ebenezer Akintunde AKINYEMI, JP, FCIMN (Akaosu 1), the Eselu of Iselu Kingdom at Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, write this Open Letter to commend and appreciate the kind gesture of Prince David Adeleke (a.k.a Davido) towards the downtrodden in the Nigerian society.
First, I am using this medium to wish Davido a wonderful birthday which took place on Sunday, 21st November, 2021. I pray that the Almighty God will grant you the grace to celebrate many more birthdays in life.
It is now a public discuss that Davido raised some millions of naira from his fans a few days ago, added his personal millions of naira and decided to donate everything to the orphanages in Nigeria in commemoration of his 2021 birthday celebration. Few years before the demise of your friend, Habeeb Uthman (a.k.a Habeeb 44), I met you and I noted from then that you passionately love the less priviledged in our society. Without mincing words, the step you have taken has really elevated the traditional families in the South Western part of Nigeria because a Prince from Osun State (Davido) came up with an unprecedented initiative to better the lives of the downtrodden in our society.
I also want to thank all the philanthropists who donated millions of naira to Davido to support him in the execution of his good plan of helping the less privileged in Nigeria. Specifically, I want to appreciate the donors like Oba Saheed Elegushi, Chief Femi Otedola, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga, Obi Cubana, Hon. Ibrahim Egungbohun Dende, E-money and a host of others. God will continue to bless all of you for the kindest donations to Davido.
Let me admonish Davido and his co-philanthropists not to make this step a one-off benefit. They should continue to join hands with Davido periodically to raise money which could also be used to take thousands of out-of-school children in the South West from the streets and return them to school for us to have a better society. For Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s legacy in education to be sustained, Davido should endeavour to sustain this good initiative he has started.
Finally, I want to appreciate DJ Switch, Aisha Yesufu and others for standing with the downtrodden during and after the Endsars debacle. History will continue to be kind to all the individuals who stood against injustice on the Endsars issue.
HRM Oba (Dr.) E. A. Akinyemi, JP, FCIMN
The Eselu of Iselu Kingdom