Obiekwu, Abandoned Ex-Super Eagles Player, Receives N1 million Donation From Delta-Entrepreneur.
Kingsley Obiekwu, a member of the Atlanta 96 Olympic Gold-medal-winning Dream Team, has received a N1 million donation from Ikechukwu Ujomu, managing director of Luckybay Homes.
The former defender had spoken up about his financial difficulties, claiming that he was forced to utilize his Sienna automobile for commercial transportation in order to support himself and his family.
On Saturday morning, Mr Ujomu, who is also the chief executive officer of Luckybay Estate and Properties Limited, confirmed the donation to Newsmen.
He stated he was motivated to give the donation to Obiekwu after hearing about the former defender’s plight.
“When I heard about it, I just made contact to confirm the authenticity of the story. They sent me his (Obiekwu’s) contact and his account details. So, I just decided to make that donation to help him in his situation,” Mr Ujomu said.
During his active football career, the entrepreneur also stated that he was a long-time supporter of the ex-defender.
Mr. Obiekwu and Mr. Ujomu are both from Ibusa, in Delta State’s Oshimili North Local Government Area.
Mr Ujomu’s generosity came just two days after Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles captain, gave a N2 million donation to the ex-defender.
When approached, Obiekwu denied to confirm the donation, stating that he had decided to keep all private donations until further notice.
On Friday, the Ingas FC coach was mortified when his players asked him for money from Ahmed Musa’s N2 million donation.
“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I don’t want to be going viral, (and) giving information concerning money before people will kidnap me or my family members. At the end of the day, I will thank Nigerians for what they did for me,” Mr Obiekwu said
Mr Obiekwu, a former Super Eagles defender, was seen loading buses and driving Sienna to Nsukka, a Local Government Area in Enugu State, on Monday, February 14.
Onyeka Okoh, popularly known as ‘Okwuluora,’ an Enugu-based journalist, had announced via his Facebook page that he saw Mr Obiekwu, a former Super Eagles defender, in Abakpa motor park, loading buses and driving Sienna to Nsukka, a Local Government Area in Enugu State.
“I hugged and greeted him then cried like a man. He never made it to the highest level. Where are his teammates? I will tell Kanu Nwankwo about this,” Mr Okoh said via a Facebook post.
“We can help lift him again if he is willing. That environment (motor park) is not for him,” he added.
Following the Olympic Gold Medalist’s announcement that he had entered the transportation business due to financial difficulties, social media was flooded with calls for help from well-to-do Nigerians, including former teammates, for the suffering ex-footballer.
After calling Obiekwu on Wednesday, Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles captain, started what may turn into an avalanche.