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08 May 2015 09:03 Post ID: #549222
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Posted this on his Facebook page the other day:

I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It's true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine. Also keep in mind that none of this is about money.

At the age of 17, with my first wages as a footballer, I built a house for my family and made sure they are safe. As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check ups. When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn't wanna know hear about it. Reading your recent comments, some people said my family and I should consult T.B Joshua. In 2013, I gave my mother money so she could consult him in Nigeria. She was supposed to stay for 1 week; but 2 days into her stay, I received a call saying she left. Apart from all that l also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?

A couple years ago, I bought a house in East Lagon (Ghana) for $1.2 million. I found it normal to let my older sister, Yabo Adebayor stay in that house. I also allowed my half brother (Daniel) to stay in the same house. A few months later, I was on vacation and decided to go to that house. At my surprise, I saw many cars in the driveway. In fact, my sister decided to rent out the house without me knowing. She also kicked Daniel out of that house. Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone. I called my mother to explain the situation and she did the same as my sister. This same sister says I am ungrateful. Ask her about the car she is driving or anything she is selling today?

My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children's education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?

When our brother Peter passed away, I sent Kola a great amount of money so he could fly back home. He never showed up at the burial. And today that same brother (Kola) is telling people that I am involved in Peter's death. How? He is the same brother who went and told inaccurate stories about our family to "The Sun" in other to take some money. They also sent a letter to my Club when I was in Madrid so I could get fired.

When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.

I would not say any anything about my brother Peter Adebayor because he is not here today. May his soul rest in peace.

My sister Lucia Adebayor keeps telling people that my dad told me to bring her to Europe. But what would be the purpose to bring her to Europe ? Everyone is here for a reason.

I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn't do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive 2 hours to Togo for nothing?

I organized a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage.

Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die.

For all these reasons, it took very long for me to set up my foundation in Africa. Every time I try to help the people in need, they had to question me and all of them thought it was a bad idea.

If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you.
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08 May 2015 09:18 Post ID: #549223 - in reply to #549222
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'Not to expose my family members' ? oh, ok then !
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08 May 2015 15:11 Post ID: #549232 - in reply to #549223
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I know that he posted it to warn other "African families", but we see it all the time over here in the States as well. People who come from abject poverty have so many people who expect something from their success when they don't deserve any of it. It's very sad.
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08 May 2015 20:12 Post ID: #549238 - in reply to #549232
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A tremendous shame and just proves that all players are human and beset by many of the same problems facing those with far less money.

We do expect players to turn out game after game and give their best totally independent of their private lives. But I often wonder how many of us have let our private situations (bereavement, marital break downs etc) leak into our work world and seen it affect our performance. Does no harm to be reminded every so often of the human side of these 'superstars'.

I wish his foundation well and hope that he can come to some peace with his siblings and family
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08 May 2015 21:14 Post ID: #549239 - in reply to #549222
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Chicken and egg scenario really.

He is what he is and what we've always accused him of because of his upbringing. That upbringing is a reflection of his inter-actions with his family. His inability or unwillingness to take care of them is a reflection of the way they've been with him during his early life no doubt.

A vicious circle and no love.
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08 May 2015 21:35 Post ID: #549240 - in reply to #549222
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Can kind of see why he's such a "mercurial" chap if he comes from such a dysfunctional family!
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09 May 2015 09:04 Post ID: #549252 - in reply to #549240
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You can say no or you can say yes! Hard to do sometimes but if you want to own your life then tough decisions have to be made! Good thing to keep your private life to yourself as well!
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09 May 2015 10:10 Post ID: #549255 - in reply to #549222
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Sound analysis as always from the man from Oz !!!
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