Award-winning Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, widely known as Davido, has released the names and locations of 292 orphanages that benefited from his donation of N250 million.
Desert Herald recalls that ahead of Davido’s 29th birthday, on November 19, 2021, the popular singer opened a Wema Bank account and asked friends and colleagues to donate N1 million each.
Davido, in a few hours, amassed over N100 million, which later grew to N200million over a few days.
The Fall crooner added a personal donation of N50 million, making the total amount N250 million.
He later announced that the N250 million would be donated to orphanages in Nigeria.
The award-winning singer, thereafter, disclosed he had set up a five-man committee to distribute the funds to the beneficiaries, noting that the committee would compile the list of the orphanages in the country.
The committee include Mrs. Titi Adebayo as the chairman, Prof. Jonathan Nwosu as the Secretary, and Prof. Yohanna Asabe of the Northern Nigeria Seventh Day Adventist Union Conference.
Others are Dr. Oyalabu of Springtime Development Foundation and Prof. Uloma Onuoha.
However, Davido, in a statement shared on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday night, said the N250 million had been disbursed to 292 orphanages across the country.
The statement read: “As a follow up to the press statement I released on 19th November 2021 where I announced my intention of donating the total sum of N200 million received from my friends and family, together with my personal donation of N50 million, to orphanages across Nigeria, I bring to you an update.
“As promised, a five-man disbursement committee was set up. Since its inauguration, the members of this committee have worked tirelessly to ensure that they collate the names and information of documented and verified orphanages. I am pleased to announce that the disbursement of funds is complete.
“So far, the total of N250,000,000 has been disbursed to 292 orphanages.
“As promised in my first statement, I have listed/attached the names and amounts disbursed to the various orphanages. In the spirit of transparency, I thought it wise to give you my loyal supporters, fans, friends and family an update in this regard.”
The 29-year-old singer further expressed his gratitude to his family, friends and the committee that ensure the disbursement of the funds to the beneficiaries.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that made this possible, the committee of high calibre and principled people who dedicated their time to ensure this task was expeditiously carried out, my wonderful family, friends and well-wishers. Thank you for your continuous support and love. As always, we rise by lifting others,” Davido stated.
The Aye crooner, in a string of tweets, also shared the full names and locations of the 292 orphanages that benefitted from the N250 million donation.