The eldest son of the late business mogul, MKO Abiola is as prominent as his father. As popular as his name rings, Kola never throws his weight around, yet he’s one of the most recognised faces all over Nigeria and beyond.
The son of the slain businessman, politician, publisher and winner of the 1993 presidential elections in Nigeria, M.K.O Abiola.
Kola Abiola is one of Nigeria’s low-key millionaires. He is largely regarded as being socially invisible and this stems from the low profile he has maintained over the years.
His net worth has never been successfully estimated given his extremely private life and business dealings.His presence as a resident of Banana Island doesn’t come as a surprise.
The chunk of his wealth is believed to have been inherited from his father.
There were myths about how many of those seeking one help or the other from his dad but could not access the late business mogul ended up at Kola’s gate in his hitherto, Anthony Village, Lagos residence when Moshood Abiola Was Alive.
That’s how powerful he was and till date, the quiet dude still wields influence, yet loves to operate incognito. When on Saturday, July 1, 2017, Kola turned 55, not a few were expecting a lavish bash and felicitation but surprisingly, the billionaire gentleman failed to throw a bash.
Aside his siblings, Deji, Agboola, Bolaji and Wura who placed some adverts in some dailies to celebrate him, the day was a quiet one for Kola. It was gathered that he quietly spent the day with his family in his palatial mansion in the exclusive neighbourhood, Osborne Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The amiable scion of the Abiola dynasty has suffered few tragedies in the last few years, including the loss of his beloved daughter, Labake, who passed on at 16. The young girl, whom it was said, introduced her dad (Kola) to mountain-climbing and in whose honour Kola marked his birthday every year by embarking on that expedition. The death of Kola’s first love, Yinka (nee Onileere) has also limited his presence on the social circuit.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu embraced the first son of Chief Moshood Abiola, Kola at the presidential villa earlier today. This happened as President Muhammadu Buhari formally conferred late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
Buhari conferred Abiola with the honour which was received by Kola, his son in Abuja. The result of the election was annulled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida before they were announced.
Kola, the eldest son of late Chief Moshood Abiola, on Tuesday received the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) award on behalf of his father.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented the insignia to him after the citation for Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, was read at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Federal Government had last week conferred national honours on the late politician and two other heroes of democracy.