As part of efforts at giving back to the society that made him, Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo will on December I6, officially launch his pet project- Ighalo Ophanage Foundation, in Ajah.
The Changchun Yatai striker disclosed this at a media briefing on Tuesday at Jonaith Hotel, that it had always been his dream to give back to the society considering his tough background.
â€œLife was tough growing up in Ajegunle and I vowed that if I eventually had a breakthrough, Iâ€™ll give back to the society that made me, hence, the Ighalo Orhanage Foundation,â€ he said.
The former Watford of England striker, however admitted that when the idea of the foundation first came to him, he didnâ€™t really know how to go about it.
â€œWhen the idea first came into my mind, I really didnâ€™t know how to go about it, but I wanted people to know that something can come out of nothing,â€ Ighalo said.
He disclosed that the orphanage home would be launched on December 16, just as he said a lot of people had called him to disclose their intention to support the project. Plans have be put in place to admit children between the ages of zero to one into the home and take care of them till when they are 18 years, hoping that others can take over their upbringing from there.
Unsurprisingly, sports would play a big role in the home. â€œWithout football, Iâ€™ll not be where I am today. Coaches would be drafted to the home to teach the kids the basics and technics of playing football,â€ Ighalo said.
On hand to lend him support are former Nigerian internationals including Peter Rufai, Samson Siasia, Austine Eguavoen, Waidi Akani and Anne Chiejine, whom all promised to support Ighaloâ€™s pet project.
â€œIghalo has done very well for himself. The best thing in life is to give back to the society. In this part of the world we always want to take without given back,â€ Siasia said.