The face of the man who will inherit the fortune of billionaire Femi Otedola has been revealed on social media.
Fewa Otedola is the only son of one of the richest men in Africa and CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola. Unlike his sisters, Olawumi, DJ Cuppy and Temi Otedola, Fewa likes to keep things private.
On the occasion of World Autism Day on April 2, 2017, Temi Otedola shared a personal story about her brother and revealed how the family copes with Fewa’s autism.
She wrote on her fashion blog JTO, “I think it’s important to first describe what it is, for those of you reading who are less familiar.
People with autism struggle with increased sensory stimulation and need a lot of attention and support from their parents, teachers, and siblings to ensure they can live the most productive and happy lives possible.
Raising awareness is not the main goal at this point – understanding is, and more importantly – acceptance. So on this Autism Awareness Day, I ask all of you to appreciate, love, or simply accept those living with autism.
While my sisters asked questions, all I could think about was what this would mean for me, the already overly spoiled youngest of three girls.
Fortunately, my selfishness quickly subsided, and Fewa quickly became the center of our family.
At first, every day with him seemed challenging, especially for my mother. I remember my mother helping Fewa with simple tasks like brushing her teeth, getting dressed, or feeding her lunch, with each day eventually ending in exhaustion.
Our family was so blessed to have caregiver help, but no one can deny my mother’s resilience raising Fewa. That is what I respect most about her.
Every day I see him becoming more independent. Our relationship is becoming less one-sided; I can truly say we are friends.
That’s probably why I’ve never seen Fewa’s autism as coercive and totally negative; it’s a unique characteristic that adds to the complexity of the person he is.
I’m not naive or unrealistic. I certainly have some nagging concerns about the future. Fewa will always need support in some form.
At sixteen years old, he still needs help 24/7. I would say that the biggest misconception about autism is that people with autism are socially inept geniuses – rain man, anyone? Yes, that’s true for some autistics, but there’s a reason the official term is “autism spectrum disorder.”
It’s a spectrum, and it can range from kids who can’t talk at all to kids who can go to normal schools.
No matter what I do, I have to build my life with Fewa in mind. My parents won’t be around forever, and his care and welfare will be the responsibility of me and my sisters.
It is true that consideration for Fewa will always influence the decisions I make in my life. Nevertheless, Fewa is by no means a burden.
These worries do not diminish the immense love I have for my brother, who has brought me so much joy and shown me the purest form of love. To quote the Bard, “Love sought is good, but love given unasked is better.”
It is Fewa’s unconditional love that has shaped me into the woman I am today – a sister, a teacher, a caregiver and a best friend.”