Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor posted a lengthy essay on Facebook today, accusing nearly every member of his family of taking advantage of the immense wealth he has earned as a professional soccer player. He wrote that he believes family matters should stay private, but decided to go public with his grievances in order to help other African families (Adebayor is from Togo) learn from what happened to him.
Adebayor’s accusations against his family are numerous. He says he paid for a week of treatment with a faith healer for his mother, but she skipped out after just two days. Later on he gave her money to start a cookie-selling business, and allowed her to use his likeness to promote it.
He bought a $1.2 million house in Ghana, he says, and let his sister Yabo and half-brother Daniel stay in it. But when he later went to visit the house, he found that Yabo had kicked Daniel out and was renting the house. When he tried talking with her about it, both she and eventually his mother yelled at him. He also accused his brother Rotimi, who he says he helped get into a soccer academy in France, of stealing the cellphones of 21 of his 27 teammates.
Besides “only” taking his money, Adebayor asserts that his family actively attempted to harm his career. He charged his deceased brother, Peter, with selling false stories about him to British rag The Sun, and of writing a letter to Real Madrid—who Adebayor was on loan to at the time—trying to get him “fired.”
This is far from the first time that Adebayor and his family’s problems have made their way public. Some of whatever happened between him and Peter while he played for Real Madrid made it into the press, and last year there was the very bizarre story that Adebayor asserted that his mother had practiced black magic on him. But in the past the squabbles have mostly seemed to be isolated incidents, not the systematic predatory behavior that Adebayor is now denouncing his family for.
The full Facebook post, as well as the associated image, is below.
SEA, 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.
Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo via AP.