Fewa Otedola is the only son of Femi Otedola, one of the wealthiest men in Africa and the CEO of Forte Oil. Fewa loves keeping things secret, unlike his sisters, Olawumi, DJ Cuppy and Temi Otedola.
Fewa who is autistic is the only male heir to his father’s billion-dollar fortune.
Sharing a personal story about her brother, Temi Otedola revealed how the family coped with Fewa being autistic during World Autism Day on 2 April 2017.
“On her JTO fashion blog, she wrote: “I think it’s important to first explain what it is less common to those of you reading. Autism is basically a social development condition that affects the brain’s cognitive, communicative and interactive abilities. People with autism struggle with heightened sensory stimuli and require a lot of attention and help from their parents, teachers, and teachers.
My mom called my sisters and me into her bedroom in 2004. She told us, with the composure that a mother could have, that our baby brother, Fewa, had special needs. As my sisters were asking questions, all I could do was worry about what that, the already overindulged youngest of three children, would mean to me.
Fortunately, my selfishness soon vanished and Fewa quickly became the core of our family. An older sister’s job often implies some form of responsibility. However, it is a lot more effort to play the part of an older sister to an autistic brother. It seemed at first that every day with him was a struggle, especially for my mother. I recall seeing my mother assisting Fewa with basic things, such as brushing his teeth, helping him get ready, or feeding him lunch, finally resulting in fatigue every day. Our family was so fortunate to have support from caregivers, but no one can deny my mother’s resilience in raising Fewa. It’s the thing about her that I admire the most.
I see him becoming more independent each day. Our friendship is becoming less one-sided; we are friends, I can honestly say. Fewa does not need the sympathy of others. He’s the most sincere and loving person I know of. This is probably why I never saw the autism of Fewa as necessarily and utterly harmful, it is a special attribute that contributes to the individual’s complexity that he is.
I am not unrealistic or naïve. I definitely have a few gnawing doubts about the future. Any kind of help will always be needed by Fewa. He also needs 24 hours of care at the age of sixteen. The greatest misunderstanding regarding autism, I might suggest, is that individuals who have it are socially incompetent geniuses—Rainman, anybody? Yeah, for certain autistic persons, it is valid, but there is an explanation why the official word is “autism spectrum disorder.” It’s a continuum, and it can vary from kids who can’t talk at all to kids who can attend regular schools.
No matter what I do, in Fewa’s opinion, I need to construct my life. My parents will not be around forever, and my sisters and I will be in charge of their care and well-being. It is true that Fewa’s concern will always impact the choices that I make in my life. Despite this, Fewa is not a burden by any means. These concerns do not diminish the tremendous love I have for my brother, who has shown me the purest form of love and given me so much joy. To quote The Bard, “Love sought is fine, but given unsought is better.” It is Fewa’s unconditional love that has formed me into the woman I am today – a sister, a teacher, a carer and a best friend.”