Some of Nigeria’s biggest names in the entertainment industry recently gathered to celebrate KONAMII 2015 inter-orphanage homes football competition and charity soccer fiesta. The event which held at the Campus mini stadium, Igbosere, Lagos Island had superstar musicians MI, Seyi Shay, Naeto C, Solidstar, Ruggedman, comedian AY among many others show support for the orphanages who took part in the football matches.
With about 4,000 Lagos youths in attendance, the event featured four orphanages namely, Lekki Motherless Babies Home, Lekki, Love Home Orphanage, Magodo, Heritage Homes Orphanage, Ajah, Sought After Orphanage Home, Ajah.
Other activities at the event also featured several novelty matches including matchups between Team Konamii and Team Lagos, Covenant University and Redeemers University and a celebrity game pitting Team Chocolate City (MI, Milli, Koker , Don L37,) against Team AY Live made up of Rugged Man, Ink Edwards , Sensei Uche , Solid Star, DJ Lambo and Ketchup. Covenant University and Redeemers University cancelled each other out while Team Konamii and Team Lagos also ended in a goalless draw.
Other guests present included Sexy Steel, Ink Edwards , Sensei Uche , Dija, VJ ADAMS, Solid Star, Dj Lambo, Zamir Of LOS, Ketchup, Milli, Koker and Don L37.
Speaking at the event, Founder/President, Change Africa Project, Olamide Olabisi stated, “KONAMII was born out of a passion for helping the less privileged and orphans in our society by blending the idea of football, entertainment and charity to raise funds, provide gifts and give orphans a sense of belonging in the society. The ultimate goal is to give them a better future.”
From gate fees and a donation of 1000 Naira from each spectator at the event, the sum of 600,000 Naira was raised for the four orphanage homes as well as two desktop computers, one split-unit air conditioner, two flat screen television, foodstuff, baby drugs, clothes and other items.
Instituted in 2012, the event aims to provide orphanage homes with practical support through sports and improve their minds, bridge the gap between the privileged and the less privileged and most importantly give them a better future. The event is the brainchild of Olamide Olabisi, Gbenga Sanusi, Kola Lawal, Posi Lawore, Tunde Awodiji and Tofola Fabamwo, all of whom are undergraduates at the University of Lagos.
The event, which also included activities like ball juggling, mascot displays and a gift presentation was supported by Integrated Trust, Black House Media Group, Hello Food, Uber and Bobby Taylor Company.