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U.S-based Nigerian boxer donates to Karu Children home

Posted : 29 February 2024

The Nigerian middleweight champion based in Houston, United States, Raphael Igbokwe, has donated food items to the Karu Children's Home.

The middleweight champion, also known as "Raph Trouble," has won 18 out of 21 matches, with 3 losses and 11 knockouts throughout his fighting career.

The champion visited the children's home in the company of some staff from the Nigerian in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), led by Mr. Gabriel Odu, the Media, Public Relations, and Protocols Unit of the commission.

Speaking further, Igbokwe stated that his intention was to give back to his country, which was the reason for coming to the orphanage as a step toward his mission to empower young people in the country.

He mentioned that last week, in actualizing his mission, he visited NiDCOM where he sought collaboration with Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, to work closely with the commission in giving back to Nigerian youths through sports development.

According to him, his mission is to give young people hope, adding that with commitment and determination, they can aim high and become good ambassadors in the sporting sector and to Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the NiDCOM Chairman, Odu said that the orientation of Nigerians wherever they are is to always think of home. One of the cardinal principles of NiDCOM is to support diasporans.

"We tell them that when they go out, they should excel in whatever they do and also they should not forget home, which is very important. They should give back to their community. So, Raph Trouble is here in Nigeria, and it is incumbent on him to pay Karu Children’s Home a visit," he said.

Receiving the delegation at the Karu Home was Mrs. Hauwa Aminu, Head of the Adolescent Girls Department, Women Affairs Secretariat, FCTA. She appreciated the middleweight champion for his donation and kindness to the children and to humanity.

Aminu, who represented the Mandate Secretary of the Secretariat, Mrs. Adedayo Laniyi, said that Karu Home was open to any well-meaning Nigerian to come and show love to the children, as the government cannot do it alone.

She also added that the government was doing its best, but individuals can also contribute by providing for the children, either by adopting or supporting them at the orphanage, whether taking them to their homes or caring for them at the orphanage.

Others at the home were Mrs. Celina Oluwafemi, Representative FCT Leader for Diaspora Focal Point Officer, Dr. Jenilat Abdulwaheed, Head of Education/Creative Economy, Women Affairs Secretariat, FCTA, and staff of the home.


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