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Ighalo, Oboabona offer scholarships to eight girls

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Still basking in Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles and Changchun Yatai striker, Odion Ighalo has partnered with colleague Godfrey Oboabona of Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia to offer scholarships to eight young girls.

The Eagles stars offered the scholarships under the FAME Foundation Africa’s #1girl1pen awareness campaign for the girl-child education in Africa, Punch writes.

This was confirmed in a statement Tuesday by founder of the foundation, Aderonke Bello, who thanked the footie stars for ensuring the girls stay in school and avoid early marriages and other vices.

“Uneducated girls are prone to child marriage which could lead to Vagina Vistula and many other negative things; we are thanking Ighalo and Oboabona for supporting eight talented girls who could not afford to go back to school,” the statement read.

“The #1girl1pen campaign was set up to raise awareness for the girl-child education and support girls by ensuring they stay in school and guide them throughout school.”

Ighalo reportedly took up the scholarship of five girls while Oboabona offered to take care of the tuition for three girls.

Ighalo and Ogboabona join other Nigerian football stars, such as Nwankwo Kanu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Asisat Oshoala in giving back to the community.

This news is particularly comforting as today marks the International day of the girl child.

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