Nigerian football legend Austin Okocha alongside his brother and ex-international Emma on Tuesday in Lagos unveiled the Jay Jay Okocha Foundation.
At the ceremony, which took place at the I-Naira Digital Hub in Ikoyi, I-Naira.com sealed a deal with former Super Eagles captain Okocha as the official auctioning partner of the foundation.
According to the former PSG midfielder, the foundation would help in giving kids and his ex-teammates a new direction in life.
“I come from a very poor family, I’m not from a royal home but through football, my life changed and I have a voice. What is most important in every kid’s life is education but some of these kids are out of school and I think I can use football as a tool to help them get back to school,” Okocha said.
“I will be lying if I say I didn’t know some of my colleagues are suffering. Most of us didn’t have good advisers and were left with nothing after retirement. Another objective of this foundation is creating jobs through football. If I can set up training centres across the country, I will need my colleagues. I believe in empowering people.”
CEO, I-Naira.com, Hillary Nwaukor, said his firm would begin auctioning the superstar’s memorabilia from August 1.
He stated, “We’re happy to partner the Jay Jay Okocha Foundation because we have same vision of giving back to the society. We will use our platform to auction his memorabilia from his playing days from August 1.
“This is a step in the right direction and I urge others to follow Jay Jay in giving back to the society as well. That is what I-Naira.com stands for.”
Present on the occasion were ex-internationals Austin Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju and Peter Rufai.