Nigerian billionaire’s son donates kidney to a dying lady – guess who

by Chinwe Okafor

Jadesimi Kidney Surgery

Israeli media is awash with the touching tale of how the son of a Nigerian billionaire braved all odds against him to donate his kidney to a dying lady he had never met.

The Jerusalem Post in an article titled, ‘The Human Spirit: Love, Give, Live’, reported that the story of Smith Jadesimi, son of oil magnate Ladi Jadesimi, resonated in hearts across the country as an untainted demonstration of compassion beyond religion and race.

Ladi Jadesimi

Born in 1987 into the large and prosperous Jadesimi family, Smith learned the value of supporting charitable causes from a young age under the tutelage of his strict Anglican parents.  

“Our parents read the Bible with us every morning,” Smith told Barbara Sofer of The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s foremost English newspaper. “They stressed the value of love. You can believe in something, obey the commandments, keep the Sabbath holy, but love is the greatest motivator.”

The graduate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa regularly gave generously to humanitarian missions, not only in Nigeria but also in countries such as the Philippines, Haiti and Syria, setting aside 70% of his income for charity. 

Omaima Halabi

His unusual journey to be a kidney donor in Israel began when he ‘googled’ the words ‘people who need help’ and discovered the website of Matnat Chaimwhich literally means ‘the gift of life’. Reading about the NGO’s unique kidney donation program in Israel, a chord within Smith’s heart was struck. 

“I figured that God isn’t a fool to give us two kidneys if we only need one, so we’re supposed to give one away to the needy,” he said. 

Smith’s initial email to the Israeli organisation was met with scepticism, Rabbi Yeshayahu Heber admitting he felt it was nothing more than a ploy from the Nigerian to gain entrance into Israel. However, his unyielding persistence eventually swayed their views and they invited Smith for a meeting. 

The Israeli embassy in Abuja, however, shared similar cynical sentiments and refused his visa for nearly a year, only finally giving the go-ahead after several high-profile meetings.  

After undergoing some gruelling medical examinations in Israel, for which he gave up his tickets at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil to attend, Smith was told to await confirmation. Although he received no news for nearly six more months, his faith remained resolute. 

Two long years after beginning his quest to give away a kidney to an Israeli, Jadesimi was finally accepted. His only stipulation about the recipient was that he or she be a young person around his age.

Smith explained that his Christian faith was an instrumental factor in his decision. As a member of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria, he stated that Prophet T.B. Joshua, well known for his extensive charitable missions, was also his inspiration.  

“Love isn’t just in your heart; you have to do something to show you love others,Smith explained, adding this was a practical lesson he learned during his time at The SCOAN. 

And not just someone you know, not for selfish reasons – someone beyond your circle. If you have $10 billion and a kidney problem, all of your money can’t solve the problem – only a donor can.”

Omaima Halabi, a 21 year old law student from the Druse town of Daliat al-Carmel was the lucky lady. She had been suffering from kidney failure for over 18 months and depended on dialysis for survival. 

The surgery was arranged for December 18 2014 at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. “I wasn’t afraid; it was a mission with God on my side. I had peace of heart,” Smith recalled before entering the theatre.

The operation was a resounding success, Halabi given a new lease of life through the generosity of a young man from a different continent, culture and colour. 

 “I’m so grateful – to my donor Smith Jadesimi, to my family and to Rabbi Heber,”said Omaima Halabi at the feast held in celebration of her recovery“This was certainly arranged in Heaven.”

Smith’s father Ladi Jadesimi is the Executive Chairman of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) and listed among the ‘10 Nigerian billionaires you’ve probably never heard of.’ His sister, Dr. Amy Jadesimi is the managing director of LADOL and was listed by Forbes as one of Africa’s ’20 Young Power Women’.

Comments (0)

  1. It was truly arrange in Heaven. Guy God bless you plenty. You I believe have set a foot step in the right direction for many young Nigerians. Only heaven will bless and sustain you. For every body,Nation and race, we need to sing his praise aloud cause a Nigerian have done a good things. God bless Nigeria

  2. All this are crabs…..story for the Gods…Mtchewww

  3. That’s stupidity, thet say charity begin at home. There are a lot of pple dying of kidney in Nigeria and he went all d way to Israel to donate, its a brave decision to donate but I think d guy should be under surveillance whenever he went to Israel “there may be an hidden agenda” behind that donation.

  4. Wow!!! The remaining kidney in you will outlast your desired longevity and prosperity on the earth in Jesus name.Thank you for bringing a good name to your family, tribe, our blessed country and Africa as a whole.Many more good things are evolving from Africa in Jesus name.

  5. God bless you. And why can someone say is ploy to enter israel what the hell is israel that someone donated his precious kidney.

  6. He didn’t need to go far. Many Nigerians suffer and die for lack of donors. Charity should begin at home

  7. I Pray God mercy and love shall be with you all the days of your life.and you shall be a destiny son in Jesus name ,AMen. My brother you shall live longe ,shalom,

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