Nigerian Consul to the Republic of Philippine’s Consulate in Lagos and first African to own a European football club, Mr Emmanuel Akpakwu over the weekend bagged an award of “Philanthropist of the Year, 2020 in Benue which was bestowed on him by the Benue Coalition for Good Governance, BCGG, in Makurdi the Benue state Capital.
Presenting the award to the Benue born Philanthropist from Okpokwu Local Government, the organizers said the recognition of Mr Akpakwu was to appreciate his empowerment of communities for sustainable development, giving hope to the less privileged through his Dakinda foundation and the Ojilima women foundation which have been awarding scholarships for students to study home and abroad. It was also to commend his ability to become the first African who owns a football club in Europe which has provided opportunity for the players to showcase on the global scene and his club in Nigeria is now feeding the European club with talents. BCGG also said, their honorific recognition of Ambassador Akpakwu was due to his rural development projects as he has sunk Boreholes and provided electricity for many communities in his area. According to them, the award was also meant to appreciate his free medical care programmes in Rural communities with a record of thousands of surgical operations in different kinds of ailments, giving drugs and treatment to patients. They disclosed that the philanthropist has also built an ultra modern hospital in Ai’chochodo community in Ugbokolo Edumoga Benue state for better health care services.
Responding to the prestigious award, the chairman, Alliance in Motion Global Nigeria and Chief Executive Officer of Dakinda Football club, Mr Emmanuel Akpakwu dedicated it to God for making him who he is and for giving him the enablement to touch people’s lives positively. He also dedicated the honour to Benue youths and thanked the senator representing Benue zone C, Mr Patrick Abba Moro as well as his family for their support.