Having identified football and other sporting activities as a uniting language towards fighting against cancer, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation is sponsoring its first Nigerian cancer ambassador, Isaac Femi to Russia 2018 World Cup.
Through a challenge tagged MCF2RUSSIA, Mr Femi, a 23-year-old media analyst from Lagos, clinched the trip after giving a satisfactory account of how best he would increase cancer awareness in Russia whilst supporting the Super Eagles.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the foundation is a brainchild of the wife of Kebbi State governor, Zainab Bagudu and has since been creating cancer awareness and raising funds towards fighting against the pandemic across the country.
While presenting gift items to three finalists on Saturday in Abuja, the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, Suraiya Mansur, pointed out that the competition that produced Mr Femi started from the May 14 to 27 with over 23, 682 views.
According to her, “the MCF2Russia took two stages: The first stage was simply to upload a 1min video of competitor singing the Nigerian National anthem on social media pages.
“Three favourites emerged. They were Hauwa Karma, Isaac Femi and Mercy Inem”.
Speaking on the motive of the competition, Ms Mansur said it is no longer news that cancer is fast ravaging and killing thousands of people yearly, hence the need to use football to create cancer awareness among the people.
The COO disclosed that the program has the support of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, NPFLM as well as current and retired football legends.
She added that the winner was picked by two impartial and competent judges, Professor Sani Mallami, President of the Nigerian Cancer Society and Mr Ayo Olu Inidapo, media strategist of the NFF.