How Fani Kayode Nearly Destroyed His Life With Hard Drugs +His Journeys to Ghana’s Mental Home
While schooling in London, Olufemi Adewunmi Fani-Kayode had embrace drugs through the influence of Nazir Ado Ibrahim and Yeni Adefarasin (Now a Pastor of a big time ministry in Togo and younger brother of Pastor Paul Adeolu Adefarasin) but on a low scale.
After his bitter divorce to Yemisi Adeniyi (now Yemisi Wada), a daughter of retired Lagos High Court Judge and niece of the current Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga (her mother is the elder sister of the Minister), Femi Fani-Kayode finally plunged himself into the world of hard drugs. Between late 1993 and 1994 he practically became a ‘junkie’. His father, Chief Babaremilekun Adetokunbo Fani-Kayode was then down with prostate cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy in London. His mother, Deaconess Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode, who was then attending The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), sought the counsel of the Church’s founder, Bishop Okonkwo who advised that Femi be taken to Bishop Nicholas Duncan Williams’ CHRISTIAN ACTION FAITH MINISTRY’S MENTAL HOME in Ghana.
ABOUT BISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN WILLIAMS
Bishop Nicholas Duncan Williams of the Christian Action Faith Ministry, one of the largest growing Churches in Accra, Ghana was himself a one-time drug addict. He stowed-away in a ship to Haifa, Israel but was later repatriated to Ghana. When he got to Accra, he took to drugs. And one night while staying at his grandma’s house, the devil visited him. He locked the door to his room, lit a candle and placed his palm on the fire, until his fingers got bunt and severed. He passed out in the room and wasn’t found until the evening of the next day. He was rushed to the hospital and got revived. While at the hospital he found Christ and gave his life to him. Today, he is one of the leading lights in the vineyard in Ghana. When he established his ministry he devoted one of the arms to the deliverance and rehabilitation of drug addicts.
FEMI’S FIRST JOURNEY TO CHRISTIAN ACTION FAITH MENTAL HOME
When Femi Fani-Kayode was finally bundled to the mental home in Accra, he found a good company in the person of Yemi Adefarasin (son of the late former Chief Judge of Lagos State). Also, Rev. Bako (of the famous Kafanchan riot) was the principal of the ministry’s Bible College. After intense prayers, supplications and counseling, Femi Fani-Kayode was cured of drug addiction and lunacy. One thing of note was that his present legal wife, daughter of Mr. Hanson Amonoo, Mrs. Regina Fani-Kayode who he dumped recently for a beauty queen, Miss Precious Chikwendu who he now rollicks with and also moved into his matrimonial home was one of the prayer warriors who interceded on his behalf. While Regina was praying for Femi along with others, the duo struck a love chord. And when Femi’s father died in 1995, the lovebirds came to Nigeria together for the burial.
PRIOR TO HIS SECOND JOURNEY TO THE MENTAL HOME
After the burial, Regina stayed with him in Nigeria at their marine road, Apapa residence. Femi’s late mother, Deaconess Adunni Fani-Kayode then instructed her son to be his father’s eye at his Law Chambers (Fani-Kayode, Sowemimo Law Firm) on Strachan Street, Lagos Island.
A Firm jointly owned by his father and Chief Sobo Sowemimo) (SAN). While at the Law Chambers, Femi teamed up with Mr. Seyi Sowemimo, the son of Chief Sobo Sowemimo to run the Chamber. But instead of facing the law practice, Femi was only interested in anything in skirts, partying and just talking as he never contributed in any way to any task of the Firm.
Before long, his performance and nonchalant attitude got to his mother who was then the Executive Chairman of her late husband’s company- KRAMER ITALO LIMITED (a construction and furniture making company) situated on Apapa road, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. The mother, Adia Fani-Kayode then asked him to take her position and run the company. Sometime in February 1996, Femi Fani-Kayode took over the management of the company and by middle of 1997 he had run it aground, bankrupt and it was finally liquidated.
HIS SECOND JOURNEY TO MENTAL HOME
While managing KRAMER ITALO, he started taking drugs again alongside some friends. Before long, he became recluse. His drug addiction became noticeable when he started to sell his household items (AC, Refrigerator, artworks etc.). His only car, a Peugeot 505 was roughly used while his wife Regina became a punching bag on a daily basis. He once tried to drown her at a nearby lagoon behind his house. Regina luckily escaped to Ghana through the efforts of some friends and staffers of the Ghanaian Embassy. Some of his neighbors like late Banky Duduyemi (son of Chief Alex Duduyemi) and Chief Mrs. Ayoka Dorcas Kuforiji –Olubi became aware of his problems.
To make matters worse, Femi sold his four bedroom duplex inheritance on Marine Road, Apapa-Lagos to buy drugs and moved into his fathers’ house on the same street. His mother who could have offered help was herself in London while Femi was engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities. His elder brother and the scion of the Fani-Kayode dynasty, Barrister Akinola Fani-Kayode could not also help because he was mentally challenged.
Till today, Barrister Akinola is still an out-patient of Yaba Psychiatrist hospital in Lagos.
When Femi’s case became unbearable, some of his friends through the help of Banky Duduyemi called his mother in London and the old woman came to tend to her son. He was again moved to Bishop Duncan Williams Mental Home in Ghana in November 1997 where he was once again delivered. He came back into the country in 2003 through the assistance of late Chief Bola Ige who introduced who introduced him to ex-President Obasanjo the man he had serially vilified. And through the help of his friend, Chief Akin Osuntokun he became an assistant to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.