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American-based Nollywood star, Bridget John has endorsed the Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation (GTCF), a charity-based organisation, whose primary aim is to help the less-privileged children in the Nigerian society and in the United States. Founded by former Nigerian international Paul Okoku, the GTCF was officially launched in April 2014 in Abuja, with a firm resolve to help correct the imbalances in the society, through the provision of life-saving facilities and tools for those in dire need of them. Touched by the gains that have been made by the foundation, Bridget, whose recent movie won the Best Diaspora Film at the Hollywood and African Film Critics, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, has pledged to be an Ambassador of the GTCF. Speaking during an interview from her base in the US, Bridget, who produced and was the lead actress in Adora, said that it was an honour for her to help promote a project that seeks the well-being of underprivileged children and the deprived, adding that she would do everything within her means to draw attention to the plight of society’s downtrodden. “I find it quite interesting and a thing of honour to be an Ambassador of the Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation and I hereby pledge my support to help project the ideals of the foundation so that we can impact the lives of our children,” Bridget said. She praised Okoku for his humanitarian services. “Okoku, former Super (Green) Eagles AFCON medalist, is someone who I have known for a while now and what strikes me most about him is his large heart. He loves to help and that is why he founded this foundation, which I am proud to support and urge private and corporate bodies to partner with us so that we can reach out to those who really need help. “There is so much we can do for the society by just giving a little of our support and partnership. It will go a long way to help rebuilding the lives of those who have nothing to live...

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By John Egbokhan Ex-international, Paul Okoku, took his Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation train to Delta State to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day and World Hunger’s Day with pupils of Igbe Primary School in Ogume, Ndokwa Local Government. With a mission statement to help less-privileged children in Nigeria achieve their maximum potentials by empowering them to create a brighter future through hunger relief, medical programmes, education, sport activities and mentoring, the Greater Tomorrow Foundation has been reaching out since it started operations in Nigeria and upped the ante last weekend by taking its yearly programme to kids in a remote village in Delta State. Okoku’s foundation put smiles on the faces of about 270 kids who were given goody bags containing spaghetti, noodles, biscuits, fruit drinks, candy, note books. At the event were ambassadors of the foundation, comprising ex-internationals Yisa Sofoluwe, Edema Fuludu, Jide Alabi, David Fatunbi and Mrs Grace Jalekun. Speaking through his lawyer, Okoku said he was delighted to deliver on the mission statement of the foundation by giving back to less-privileged kids in the society, who he noted were the future of tomorrow. He noted that he was never in doubt of the potentials that less-privileged kids possess but added that for them to attain their full potentials they must be supported by well-meaning individuals in the society and corporate bodies, who he stated have crucial roles to play in capacity development of young ones. The end of Okoku’s speech was greeted by wild applause from the kids, teachers and elders who turned out in their numbers for the ceremony. Responding, Head Teacher of Igbe Primary School, David Agadi thanked Okoku for remembering pupils of his school, noting that it was the first time that such a gesture was being extended to them as far as his memory can recall Like Okoku said, Agadi urged successful Nigerians to help the needy ones in the society, warning that failure to do such would only increase the number of delinquents in the land. ”We thank Paul Okoku for this kind gesture and hope that others will emulate him so that the future of these little ones will be brighter”, said Agadi. Afterwards, the gifts in the goody bags were given to the pupils, who beamed with wild smiles as they danced away to the blaring sound for the loudspeaker. The elders were not left out of the celebration as they were given a token and drinks by the foundation. Read more at:...

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Members of Nigeria’s Super Eagles have identified with Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, a humanitarian project of former Nigerian international, Paul Okoku. Captain Joseph Yobo, midfieder John Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike and other players of the team paid glowing tributes to Okoku for his effort to put smiles on the faces of less privileged children in the Nigerian society with the Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, which is co-sponsored by coach, Stephen Keshi. The support for the foundation came during Okoku’s visit to the Eagles’ camp in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on Monday before they left for the World Cup in Brazil. While declaring his support for the foundation, Yobo said: “Oh, sure, not a problem counting on my support with anything to put smiles on the faces of the underprivileged children in Nigeria, and thank you for your support in South Africa, during the AFCON finals.” Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was equally excited to support Okoku and Keshi in their bid to alleviate the less privileged children. “I’m ready to support anything for my coach and the less privileged children in Nigeria.” Keshi said he was willing to do more for the primary school he attended with Okoku. “We shall do more for the pupils at St. Paul’s Primary School, Ebute Metta in Lagos and other less privileged children across the country, after the World Cup. I am back and fully committed to our humanitarian projects because we started this together in partnership with our doctor friends in the USA and Nigeria. We will continue to work together for humanity in Nigeria and also to better the lives of underprivileged children.” In his reaction, Okoku, who was part of Nigeria’s silver medal outing at the AFCON 1983 in Ivory Coast said: “These guys are world class players on a World Cup bound mission, yet, they are so humble with a sense of professional decency. They touched me with their respective comments and their attitude is a testimony that we are doing a good thing towards giving Nigerian children a future. “It was a great moment sharing my time with the Super Eagles’ players, the chief coach, Stephen Keshi, and the coaching staff, at their Jacksonville, Florida, hotel, while they displayed their support for Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. And, also to watch their last practice before embarking on their World Cup journey. “It was a personal choice of conviction for these players’ deepest love they have for less privileged children to show it so magnificently. “It simply showed the mutual respect that exists between the players and the coach to support our joint humanitarian projects and effort through Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. That...

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By John Egbokan Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has hailed ex-international and former teammate, Paul Okoku over the launch of the Greater Tomorrow Children Fund for less-privileged kids. At the olourful and well-attended ceremony held inside the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, Keshi, who described Okoku as a trusted brother and best friend, said that the Greater Tomorrow Foundation was also his project, noting further that he has always been involved with the pet project spearheaded by Okoku. “I am a part and parcel of the Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation. This is also my project. Okoku, I am sold on this. You can always count on my support and I must commend you for this great initiative to help the less-prvileged ones in our society”, said Keshi. Continuing, the former Togo and Mali coach said that Okoku should be encouraged by all Nigerians in delivering on the Foundation’s objectives to change the lives of deprived in the Nigerian society. “My appeal to Nigerians and corporate bodies is that we should support this noble project because over there in the America, the major thing driving the society is charity. Society cannot do well without giving to the charity orrganisations, which in turn ensure that the ones who do not have are well taken of. “It is a thing of shame that over here in Nigeria, we seem to care only of ourselves. That is why we are having all these problems in the country because there are so many deprived people in our support. Nigeria will changes when we start helping the...

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