*Recipients to be unveiled 11th October
Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Al-Ahli defender, Godfrey Oboabona, has extended his humanitarian gesture towards education by offering scholarship to three under privileged girls in Nigeria.
The 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner, offered the full scholarship under the ongoing 1girl1pen awareness campaign for the girl-child education in Africa, pioneered by FAME Foundation Africa.
In a press statement, founder of the Foundation, Ms Aderonke Bello, expressed her gratitude to the player for supporting the girls who have been struggling to pay for school fees and other necessary school items.
‘On behalf of the entire team of FAME Africa, we are saying a huge thank you to Godfrey Oboabona for deeming it fit to support these under-privileged girls, with his gesture.
These girls can now progress/complete their education as a result of the scholarship he paid, covering their school fees and all necessary items to see them through their primary education.’
The recipients of the scholarship will be unveiled at the official launching of the 1girl1pen campaign on the International day of the girl child – 11th October, 2017 at Café De Vie, Maitama, Abuja.
Oboabona was born in Akure and began his professional career with local club Sunshine Stars. In August 2013 he was linked with a move to English side Arsenal, but later that month signed a four-year contract with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor. He described the transfer as a “dream move.”
He made his international debut for Nigeria in 2012, and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was named in the provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.