Nigerian International Music Star, David Adeleke aka Davido has announced plans to donates Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N250,000,000,00) to orphanages across the country.
The popular afro beat singer who received over two hundred million Naira as a birthday gift from celebrities and friends across Nigeria, had initially hinted that he might give it all away..
Davido, who is presumed as one of the wealthiest music artists across Africa started receiving cash gift from friends and fans as a birthday gift after he publicly posted his account number on social media.
He went further and called out names of celebrities and those he has helped – one way or the other, especially people that have featured him in their songs.
While lots of celebrities responded by sending him N1M each, Davido was updating his social media followers with screenshot of his account as it kept receiving cash credits.
Deciding on what to do with the money, Davido announced he will be donating it to the orphanages. The music artist said he had set up five man committee to oversee the donation.
Davido also added his own N50M to make it N250M. Below is a statement he released regarding the donation.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and the public for the generous expressions of love in recent days. In my usual playful manner, I requested a few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday.
“The response and outcome exceeded my expectations, as I received about NGN 200,000,000.00 in less than two days.
“I truly appreciate everyone who donated hard-earned funds and I am very thankful for your generosity.
“I have always been passionate about giving back and helping people. In view of this, I am delighted to announce that all the funds received, totaling NGN200,000,000.00, will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria as well as the Paroche foundation.
“In addition, I will be making a personal donation of NGN 50,000,000.00, bringing the total amount to NGN250,000,000.00
“To oversee the distribution of funds to beneficiaries, I have established a five-person Disbursement Committee.
“Members of the committee include:
1. Mrs. Titi Adebayo, chairman of the committee.
2. Professor Jonathan Nwosu, secretary to the committee.
3. Professor Yahana Joel Asabe of the Northern Nigeria
Seventh Day Adventist Union Conference.
4. Pastor (Dr) Oyalabu of Spring Time Development
5. Professor Uloma Onuoha
“The committee will compile a list of orphanages across Nigeria. They will determine the number of children and their needs at each orphanage, and then divide the funds accordingly.
“The committee will also determine the portion of the money that will be donated to Paroche foundation. To maintain transparency, the committee will make public the names of the beneficiary orphanages and how much each will receive.
“A list of all beneficiaries and their verified account details will be submitted to Wema Bank, who will then be instructed to credit each beneficiary’s account.
“My goal is to do this fundraising every year to celebrate my birthday and give back to people in need. It is my hope that my friends, fans, colleagues in the industry, and the public will continue to support me as I drive this cause.
“Once again, I express my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and everyone that made this possible.
God all bless you