- Odion Ighalo is doing a lot to alleviate the sufferings of a number of widows in the Ajegunle area of Lagos state
- The Nigerian international who bought a house for widows in the community has visited to hand them cash
- The widows, in turn, took their time in praying for the Al-Shabab of Saudi Arabia striker as they thanked him for remembering them
A number of widows in the Ajegunle area of Lagos state have showered encomiums on Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo who recently bought them a house.
The Nigerian international is said to have grown up in ‘AJ City’ as Ajegunle is famously called and he has returned ‘home’ to assist the widows for the betterment of their lives.
The Al-Shabab of Saudi Arabia striker was seen in a clip as he was welcomed by scores of widows in the area as they danced and shared encouraging messages.
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“From where this money came, God will double it. I bought this house for the widows two years ago. This is my first time of coming here; only my mother has been here.
“Then, God put it in my heart to do it. Now I have seen how this place looks like.”
He shared a clip of the moment and added the caption:
“I had a wonderful time with my widows in Ajegunle, thank you Mama’s for all the prayers. I can see all the blessings.”
And then one of the widows grabbed the microphone and prayed for the 32-year-old former Manchester United striker.
“If God has blessed you, how many people did you bless? The year is coming to an end, it will not swallow you because you have practiced pure religion, you have taken care of the widows.”
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Ajegunle to the world
Meanwhile, a number of Nigerian football stars including Samson Siasia, Taribo West, Emmanuel Amuneke, Ikpe Ekong, Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo all grew up from the 'dreadful ghettos' of Ajegunle in Lagos.
AJ, as the small 'city' is proudly called by residents, is a place elite Nigerians regard to be a den of robbers, hoodlums, prostitutes and people with all forms of social vices.
Most people who have never been to this environment also believe it is a home to the extremely poorest. But it turned out to be the starting point for most household names in Nigerian football and music.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo has disclosed that he was pressured to return to the national team by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick.
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Recall that the former Watford of England striker dumped the national colours shortly after inspiring Nigeria to the bronze medal at AFCON 2019 where he emerged highest goal scorer.
The 32-year-old however returned to the squad in the final phase of the second round qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup which comes two years after he announced his retirement.