Five Nigerian-American NFL players will be arriving Monday in Nigeria on a relief assistance mission to provide support to their communities throughout five states in Nigeria. The five players, Houston’s Amobi Akoye and Ahman Green, New York’s Osi Umenyiora, and Chicago’s Adewole Ogunyele and Israel Idonijie, will be on a seven day trip to give back to their communities after gaining a fortune in the United States for their football talents.
The Nigeria Tribune calls the mission “The Athletes in Diaspora Community Interventions Mission,” which will primarily serve to assist the Nigerian Federal Government in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Theodore Omalu, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Gaston Resources Nigeria Limited, told the Tribune, “the team which would be visiting the country from 11th to 17th of March will help the nation attain the MDGs of eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting physical and mental health through targeted interventions in healthcare and education.”
During the players’ seven-day trip, they will visit five Nigerian states: Lagos, Enugu, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti and the Federal Capital Territory. There, the players will deliver disposable AIDS test kits and pregnancy test kits. They will fund and oversee the completion of cleaning water wells in villages in need. They will give a Nigerian national youth soccer team Nike clothes and equipment, and they will give 20 full scholarships to young men and women preparing to attend Nigerian universities.
DT Amobi Okoye told the Houston Chronicle on the mission, “The message we want to send is, ‘Everybody, hold on to your dreams. Hold on to your dreams and keep working hard. You never know what might happen.”