Over £1million orphanage home has been launched by Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo in Ijegun area of Lagos state.
The Nigerian international who left Nigeria at the age of 17 has played in Norway, Italy, Spain and England with Premier League side Watford.
According to the Foundation’s website Ighalo made known that “Life was tough growing up in Ajegunle and I vowed that if I eventually had a breakthrough, I will give back to the society that made me,”
“Life’s challenges were hard enough even with both parents at my side.
“It goes without saying that orphans have it even worse and it gladdens my heart that life has offered me this rare privilege to be guiding light in their life.”
It is understood that the 29-year-old reportedly spent N500million – around £1million – to build the home which houses 30 to 40 children with separate apartments for boys and girls.
The orphanage take babies and pledge to look after them, teaching academic studies and sports. until they reach 18 years.
The striker was joined at the opening by Super Eagles legends Peter Rufai, Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen and ex-Super Falcons keeper Ann Chiejine.
The logo of the orphanage has Ighalo sliding on his knees and raising his arms to the sky as he celebrates a goal.
It depicts Ighalo sliding on his knees and raising his arms to the sky as he celebrates a goal, with the inscription ‘God is able’.
“I dream of affecting lives and this is one step in the right direction,” he said.
“I hope lives will be positively changes, the aims and goals of the orphanage fully met and the children who are the leaders of tomorrow preserved.”
Ighalo had been sending a chunk of his wages back to Nigeria in order to help children, schools and widows living below the poverty line even.
“I send money to kids, to schools, and I’m taking care of around 45 widows, women who have no husbands, and I’m trying to start a charity organisation to give something back.