Wednesday, 16 December 2015

How I got my 2nd child 20 years after searching — London based Nigerian Homeopathy Expert + Untold Story of Dr. Johnson Olukotun


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Dr. Johnson Olukotun with his bundle of joy Elizabeth Arinola Olukotun
The story of Dr. Johnson Abiodun Olukotun is almost like a story told by fairy tale experts who sit by the kid’s square to share tales by moonlight. At his final years as a student of Accounting at the Ibadan Polytechnic, the young Olukotun had escorted some young colleagues to a Navy requitment scheme and among his 5 friends, he was ‘unlucky’ to sit for an exam he didn’t plan for and passed the papers in flying colors and requited while his friends failed the military text and were disbanded.
That was how he spent ten years of his life in the Nigerian Navy  serving at various prominent commands before fate like a whirlwind, took him again to Germany where he practiced as a footballer for another 13 years of his life.  Fate didn’t forget him in Germany but took him again, to the UK in year 2000 and by year 2004 he became one of Nigeria’s leading homeopathy experts with tentacles in Britain, America, Nigeria and South Africa.

Early in August this year, the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom celebrated with Dr. Johnson Olukotun with the arrival of his second child a bouncing baby girl after 20 years of waiting upon the Lord and few years after divorcing Abimbola his first wife. The story was everywhere and on many social media platform of his friends and allies. It was a big celebration. Last month, this handsome and dynamic London big boy visited Nigeria to celebrate with Renowned Prophet of the Lord and leader of the Celestial Church of Christ, (Elisha Parish) Prophet (Dr.) Marcus Korede Oluwatosin Tibetan who celebrated the 20th Year anniversary of his cathedral in Nigeria and equally buried his 80 years old mother, Mother Celestial Maria Funmilayo Tibetan in Ode-Aye in Okiti-Pupa LGA of Ondo State South West Nigeria. Dr. Olukotun who holds Prophet Marcus in very high esteem was all over the events from Lagos to Ondo and back to Lagos. A night before his flight back to his London base, your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog Asabeafrika met Dr. Jay as famously and affectionately addressed by Diapora community in London by the pool side of Excellence Hotel, Ogba- Lagos and he shared with us the rich and exotic story of his life. Like many of his types, he is one of the best brains lost to the Diaspora community by Nigeria. Find your best drink and snack as you enjoy the untold story of Dr. Jay on Asabeafrika. Enjoy!

Dr. Johnson & Mrs. Oluwabunmi Olukotun

Sir, you have been in town in the last one month from Lagos to Ondo and everywhere, can we have your full details for the purpose of this interview?
Yeah, my name is Johnson Abiodun Olukotun. I am a descendant of Ogedemgbe Agbogungboro from Ijesa-land (South West Nigeria) and I have been in the United Kingdom for a while but when I left Nigeria in 1989, my first point of call was Germany. I spend 13 years in Germany, I speak perfect German. I crossed over to the United Kingdom in the year millennium 2000 and since then I have been in the UK. My business is Homeopathy, I deal in herbs to treat certain conditions called bumps and keloids, keloids are these overgrowths on the skin which could happen after piercing of the ear or after an incision or just mere acne, this acnes could later develop into keloids by joining one another and the best treatment for it is herbal treatment because if you do any surgery on it, after two or three months it comes out bigger and it could actually deform your face and become malignant. I have been in this business since the year 2004 and to the glory of God, we are really doing well. We have opened branches all over in United States, South Africa and in Nigeria. But unfortunately we had to close down the branch in Nigeria because of lack of proper management. Our major center now is the London center where I am based.

Ministers of God from Celestial Church of Christ, London during the Child dedication of Dr. Olukotun's baby

What were the issues that prompted your exit from Nigeria? 
Ok I will tell you the story. I am a graduate of accountancy from Ibadan Polytechnic and during my final year study we got this news that the Nigerian Navy was requiting people. So, I escorted some of my friends who were interested to the requitment center and all of a sudden I was entrapped. Because when the soldiers were driving away the crowd of people who were not part of the exercise away, I couldn’t escape, so, I pretended as if I was one of the people who want to take the exam and that was how I took the exam and fortunately or unfortunately for me, among four friends that went with me I was the only one that passed the exam. (Laughter)

“Yes, I was initially married to a German but because of child bearing, she refused to bear a child for me and I said ‘no, I am not going to be in a marriage without kids’ and I had to terminate that relationship and I came back home to marry from my tribe”.

The Celebration of Baby Elizabeth Arinola Olukotun

What kind of irony?    
And that was how I found myself in the navy and I spent 10 good years in the Nigerian Navy as a combatant and I had the privilege of furthering my education in the Nigerian Navy, I attended the Nigeria Army School of Finance and Administration at Apapa which is another HND equivalent. Normally after the graduation you automatically get the opportunity to be commissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy. The people ahead of me got this opportunity but as we graduated, we were told that it was no more possible because many Southerners were in the school and they taught the Southerners were using that one to become direct entry officers in the Nigerian Navy. The opportunity was reversed immediately. So, out of frustration I said ‘no, I don’t think I could ever go back to this work after 5 years of study’ and luckily for me I met a guy that I have trained in the Navy. Because after my first basic training I was retained in the Basic Seamanship Training School in Portharcout as a junior instructor; so, one of the guys that I trained met up with me and he gave me this connection to get a Visa to Germany. It was so easy because I never planned for it and that was how I found myself in Germany and because this was an era when people were actually trooping out of Nigeria to various part of the world because of the hardship of the economy. So, that was how I found myself in Germany and you know as a Naija guy wherever you are, you make the best and succeed.

Fatherhood with Dr. Johnson Olukotun

So, what was your experience in Germany like?
Germany! That was the best experience of my life. Before I left the Nigerian Navy I was playing football but when I got to Germany it was getting to the World Cup era in 1990. So, because Nigeria did well, and Cameroon did well in that particular sport outing, it was easy for us to get a team as we were going up and down. I got a good team that was paying me well and that was how I started making my first dough in Germany. 

“To the Glory of God, I thank God for the day my path crossed with that of Prophet Marcus Tibetan who has been a very good brother and friend to me. When I told him this situation, he said ‘give me some time to pray over it’. And he came back to me and said ‘no, I don’t believe what the medical people say, what the Lord told me is that you are still going to be a father of a nation’. And I said ‘amen, I am ready”

So, from Navy to Football can we say you are a man of many parts?
Yeah, I lived in Germany for 13 years and speak perfect German up till today and when I came home to marry; my wife could not cope with the language barrier and all of that.
Oh you married a German?
Yes, I was initially married to a German but because of child bearing, she refused to bear a child for me and I said ‘no, I am not going to be in a marriage without kids’ and I had to terminate that relationship and I came back home to marry from my tribe. And because my wife too couldn’t cope with the situation in Germany I had to relocate them to the UK and that was my reason for crossing over to the UK after some time, just because of my family.
Is your wife too from Ijesha land?
Yeah, that was my first marriage, we were married for almost twenty years and you know the situation over there, we just fall out of love and that was how the marriage was ended. She is actually from my town.

Dr. Johnson Olukotun with Nigerian Born British Real Estate Expert, Dr. Dapo Williams

What were the reasons for the breaking up of the marriage?
It was a very rosy relationship for the twenty years but you know, all over the world, the rate of divorce these days is so high. And when you just fall out and you could not reach a compromise, there is no point forcing someone to be in a marriage. I am still a young man, if you say you want to end it I can only wish you the best of luck, that is not the end of life and to the Glory of God I am happily remarried with a new child now.
Are you married to a Yoruba lady or white?
I am married to a Yoruba lady, she is a Lagosian by birth but her parents are from Kwara in Omu-Aran Local Government area.
What is the name of your first wife?
Abimbola.
This second one..
Oluwabunmi.

Dr. & Mrs Olukotun with well-wishers

Sometimes this year I was at Orin Ekiti and I read it on the social media in the UK that one Dr. Johnson Olukotun got a baby girl after twenty years of searching for one and it turned out to be you, can you re-share the story with us?
Oh, yeah, in my first marriage we just had a daughter who is now in Nottingham University, UK studying economics and for twenty years we didn’t have the opportunity to have another child. And I was still in the marriage but when the wife now said she is tired of it and she wants to move on with her life I had to look for another wife rather than going up and down messing yourself up with women of various shapes and caprices.

“But as a typical African man, deep-down inside of you, you will still be wishing to have more Kids but because of the love and loyalty to my then wife I was not prepared to have any extra-marital affairs or have a child outside my marriage but when the opportunity came and the wife left, I had to move on with my life and that was how God gave me this good opportunity to have a second chance which I grabbed with both hands”.

So, how did the miracle happen I learnt you got a baby boy early August?
No, it is a baby girl and we got her on August 2nd and we did the naming ceremony on the 9th of August. Talking of the miracle of the story, you see why I did not have another issue for 20 years only God knows because my first wife is a medical practitioner and we tried everything possible, it did not work out. And for my own part I was even going for some medical check-up and they even told me that it is not even possible to have any child naturally and that was how I started looking for help. Because when you are medically written off, I don’t know where your hope lies except from God; that was how I started looking for solution elsewhere. To the Glory of God, I thank God for the day my path crossed with that of Prophet Marcus Tibetan who has been a very good brother and friend to me. When I told him this situation, he said ‘give me some time to pray over it’. And he came back to me and said ‘no, I don’t believe what the medical people say, what the Lord told me is that you are still going to be a father of a nation’. And I said ‘amen, I am ready’.  And that is how we started the spiritual battle and to the glory of God, the rest is history, today, I have the prettiest baby girl in the world which I name Iyanuoluwa, Elizabeth, Anuoluwapo, Arinola, the daughter of Johnson Abiodun Olukotun.

Dr. Johnson Olukotun & the man God used to achieve a second chance at fatherhood, Prophet (Dr.) Marcus Tibetan

How were you able to manage the psychological challenges of those twenty years of waiting upon the Lord?
To be honest I wasn’t really bothered about it because I didn’t want to put any pressure on my first wife because we have tried everything humanly possible, there was no success and I was looking at all this great men of the world like Bill Clinton, he had just one daughter and he is having a good life in his political career. I look at people like George Bush, just one set of twins and so many examples like that. But as a typical African man, deep-down inside of you, you will still be wishing to have more Kids but because of the love and loyalty to my then wife I was not prepared to have any extra-marital affairs or have a child outside my marriage but when the opportunity came and the wife left, I had to move on with my life and that was how God gave me this good opportunity to have a second chance which I grabbed with both hands.
You have been a family man and a business owner in UK for long years; can you tell me what makes UK a better society to Nigeria?
You mean comparing UK to Nigeria?
Yes sir.
Aah, Aah! Gbenga! It is like comparing heaven and earth (Laughter), no; don’t even go there because if I should go there I don’t know if you will be able to write whatever I am going to say. Before I left the shores of Nigeria, I was a part of the system; I knew the system very well. I served in the Nigerian Navy for ten good years as a combatant soldier. I have been to so many parts of Nigeria as a naval officer, I served in NNS Anansa in Calabar, I served at BSAS, Portharcourt, I equally served on NNS Akaso in Portharcourt, I served on NNS Olokun in Lagos and I served on board the NNS Ehinmirin, it is a war ship. So, I know the nooks and crannies of Nigeria like my palm. When I managed to go to Germany I saw the other side of life and taking good advantage of my thirty something years away to develop myself to the best of my ability and I give God all glory for that. I use to come home regularly and I see no improvement. Things are getting worse, things are getting worse. I just pray that God will save this country.

Prophet (Dr.) Marcus Tibetan & other annointed ministers of God during Dr. Johnson Olukotun's Child's dedication in London

But why is Nigeria not searching for innovative people like yourself and many other great Nigerians in the Diaspora to come and give us fresh insights to leadership?
You see Gbenga, many of these people come abroad, when they come we use to host them and we take them round. They know how to oppress. Do you know the problem of Nigeria?

Female Ministers & Fruit items for the Child dedication in London

No, sir
I think 1% of the population is holding 99% into ransom and I can tell you that without a revolution in this country there will never be a breakthrough. I am telling you, we don’t need the brain of an astronaut to know the solution to this problem. I am telling you, I have been around for about 21 days now, I have driven all over, I have seen things. People are naturally aggressive, the situation is tensed. We have highly educated people without any job opportunity; there is no more value for our ladies. When you see a beautiful lady you will be so shocked to know that she is a hawker on the street and do you blame her? She needs to fend for herself; she needs to put bread and butter on the table. That is to show you how worse the situation is, you know what is going on, I read your blog everyday and I am a fan of yours because you are doing some serious investigative journalism. We are in serious trouble in this nation and it is only God that can save us.

(Read the Concluding Part of this exclusive tagged “Why I will never raise any of my kids in Nigeria” by Dr. Olukotun tomorrow on this blog)

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