Nnamdi Asomugha: More Than a Football Player for He Is a Man Who Cares

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 16, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders watches practice from the sideline during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Some say that a man is known by the company he keeps. Nnamdi Asomugha has been known to be in the company of great men in America and in Nigeria. He seems to be using those contacts to help students and others. He is seen as a man who cares for people.

So much bad press is given to stars and professional athletes that it just makes sense to focus on those who care about students and people in general.

Asomugha has a first name which is the same as one of the names of the airport in Abuja, Nigeria. How do I know? I have been in that airport a total of six times.

Although Asomugha was not with a group of NFL Nigerian Ambassadors on March 10, 2008, who arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, in company of many armed policeman playing host to four active players of the NFL, he believes in a similar mission.

He upholds the mission and values of an ambassador, as he has founded an organization to help others, and he has a reputation for helping many young people in Nigeria.

Those armed policemen at the gate stood out in my mind when a small entourage including Professor Joseph Mokuolo, a celebrated Nigerian chemist, escorted two pastors and me to the Handover Service from Military Government to Democracy on May 29, 1999.

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Since Nigeria has become a nascent democracy, the opportunity to come to America and transform from a soccer team to a professional NFL team is more likely.

Let us salute the NFL players, including Asomugha and Isaiah Afamefuna Ekejiuba, a 29-year-old linebacker, who both have the capability of making impact in some villages in Nigeria.

For example, since Asomugha has a degree in Corporate Finance, in honor of him, let's engage in a short discussion of money.

In 1999, four Americans left $250 each in a bank in Lagos, Nigeria. Our hope was that the economic situation and living conditions in parts of Nigeria would improve.

Today, if Asomugha were to deposit a mere $250 in a Nigerian fund to help his fellow Nigerians, the contribution would be converted to 37638N or naira.

Since Asomugha is one of the highest paid NFL players, he certainly has capability much greater than most people. He could probably tell us that the Nigerian naira is divided into 100 kobos, just as the American dollar is divided into 100 pennies.

Can you imagine a Nigerian child shaking the hand of Asomugha, and since it is a tradition to respect the elders, that child might lie prostrate before the NFL player? Moreover, the child might think that Asomugha, who makes nearly $11 million or more, would be making the equivalent of 1,656,066,233N or naira.

That is more than a trillion naira!

What's the point? Here is the focus for this discussion.

Since Asomugha and other NFL players often establish and contribute to nonprofit organizations which help others, why don't we show our support to the Oakland Raiders who help or inspire us? Let's also make a contribution to students.

OWN, Inc. is somehow affiliated with Asomugha. So consider helping him help others.

Finally, we now realize that Asomugha cares; therefore, we, too, must care.

If we help others, then who knows, maybe the next year for the Oakland Raiders will be greater than 2009 in productivity and in victories on the playing field.

Go Raiders!

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