”Bro, guess what… I have lived to see the first time electric light showed in our village…as I am talking to you now, the joy and celebration is massive in the entire village as NEPA brought light few seconds ago… football has given us light through Onuachu”
This is an excerpt from a telephone conversation between two excited brothers whose community got electrified for the first time in history by Super Eagles of Nigeria star, Paul Onuachu. Onuachu, 26, hails from Umuota Agbaghara Nsu village in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, South-East Nigeria.
The Super Eagles star who plies his trade with Belgian league giants, FC Genk, holds the record of scoring the fastest goal in Nigeria’s international football history and the fourth fastest goal in the history of international football after scoring within 9 seconds of Nigeria’s friendly clash with Egypt on March 26, 2019. Onuachu’s solitary effort at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba broke the 29-year jinx of Nigeria’s inability to beat the Pharoahs. Currently, Onuachu sit top of the highest goal scorers chart in Europe’s top football leagues this season, 2020/21, ahead of stars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski (FIFA World Best Footballer), and a host of others.
In August, 2019, Onuachu decided to make an epochal move that changed the face and fortunes of his community. Like Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Sadio Mane of Senegal, Marcus Rashford of England, Ahmed Musa of Nigeria, Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire, George Weah of Liberia, Nwankwo Kanu of Nigeria and other professional footballers who are involved in community and social works in different parts of the world, Onuachu directed the community leaders of Umuota Agbaghara Nsu to forward him the cost of electrifying the community. Within days of this call, a crop of electrical engineers were shipped in as work commenced earnestly until the Covid-19 pandemic caused a total lockdown. With the relaxation of the Lockdown, work was completed such that by Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the village was agog when electric light was seen for the first time in the history of the community. Thanks to the young philanthropic footballer, Paul Onuachu.
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