Odion Ighalo has launched his £1million orphanage home for the poverty-stricken in Ijegun area of Lagos state.
The Changchun Yatai center-forward who left Nigeria at the age of 17 to play football never forgot his roots.
The Nigerian international has played in Norway, Italy, Spain and England with Premier League side Watford.
“Life was tough growing up in Ajegunle and I vowed that if I eventually had a breakthrough, I’ll give back to the society that made me,” Ighalo said on the Foundation’s website.
“Life’s challenges were hard enough even with both parents at my side. “It goes without saying that orphans have it even worse and it gladdens my heart that life has offered me this rare privilege to be guiding light in their life.”
It is understood that the 29-year-old reportedly spent N500million – around £1million – to build the home which houses 30 to 40 children with separate apartments for boys and girls.
The orphanage take babies and pledge to look after them, teaching academic studies and sports. until they reach 18.