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Basketball: Uma-Okoro Foundation donates books, toys to kids

By Ifeanyi Ibeh
19 December 2021   |   11:56 am
Foundation stocks libraries, classrooms in Lagos, Enugu Former Nigerian international Ukoha Michael Uma-Okoro has provided books and toys to children as part of his foundation’s way of giving back to the community. Michael Uma-Okoro, a product of Dodan Warriors Academy based in Ilupeju and a beneficiary of the Giant of Africa programme while impacting on…

Ukoha Michael Uma-Okoro plays with some kids in Lagos. The former Nigerian national basketball team star is giving back through his Uma-Okoro Foundation.

Foundation stocks libraries, classrooms in Lagos, Enugu

Former Nigerian international Ukoha Michael Uma-Okoro has provided books and toys to children as part of his foundation’s way of giving back to the community.

Michael Uma-Okoro, a product of Dodan Warriors Academy based in Ilupeju and a beneficiary of the Giant of Africa programme while impacting on children through the Uma-Okoro Foundation said the essence was to provide for children what their peers are enjoying but could not because they don’t have access to them.

The community outreach programme this year had children in the Amuwo Odofin community with over 400 kids benefitting from food items, cloths, shoes, books and toys.

Former Nigerian international Ukoha Michael Uma-Okoro (right), seen here in Ojokoro, is giving back to society through his Uma-Okoro Foundation.

At the Ojokoro community also in Lagos, the foundation equipped a library with 317 amazing books for both children and adults.

Not stopping in Lagos, the Uma-Okoro Foundation was also in Enugu where it completed classrooms projects that it began in 2019 in Obi Agu Primary School.

According to the graduate of Business and Sport Management from the University of Hertfordshire in England, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 stalled lots of the foundation’s activities.

The foundation donated books to their libraries, painted the classrooms, bought four big white boards, provided text books, desks and chairs as well as small whiteboards, pens and erasers for over 160 kids.

“Due to COVID-19, I couldn’t come back in 2020 to complete the Uma-Okoro Foundation “Equipped classroom project” we started in 2019. Thankfully, we have completed it this year with four classrooms in Enugu and previous seven classrooms done in Martlicia Schools, Ajegunle, Lagos in 2019 in Lagos, making a total of 11 classrooms.

“It gladdens our hearts that we were able to achieve this as it would give a better learning environment to the kids,” Ukoha stated.

Aside the community outreach programme, the foundation also had a camp for boys and girls with over 110 kids in attendance. The campers also got basketball jerseys and other gift items in the 3-day camp.