A former member of the House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko, has pledged the sum of $200,000 (about N71.6m) to support the development of sports in West Africa.
The founder of the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation made the pledge on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during a roundtable for the implementation of a regional project on promoting the values of sports through Education, Health and the Governance of Sport Federation.
Nwoko was accompanied by his Nollywood wife, Regina Daniels-Nwoko, and members of his team on Eradication of Malaria in Africa project.
He extended an invitation to the grand opening of a university, which is scheduled to hold on August 5, 2020.
A statement issued by the Head of Media and Publicity in PNNF, Niyi Ifetayo, said before the event, which was organised by UNESCO in collaboration with the International Centre of Sports Security, Nwoko had met with the President of Burkina Faso, Marc Christian Kabore.
He said, “Prince Nwoko spoke on the STARS University Project, the progress so far and the school’s focus on Sports, Technology, Arts, Research and Sciences. He added that the university was open to admitting students from across the African continent and would be handicap friendly.”
“His establishment of the first sports university in Africa was identified as one of the factors responsible for his immense support for the general well being of the continent.”
The conference by UNESCO Regional Director for West Africa, Dr Ydo Yao, was hosted by Burkina Faso’s Minister of Sports and Leisure, Daouda Azoupiou.
Several representatives from countries across Africa were also present, while methods to further sports development were extensively discussed.