Late singer to kick off Kidney trust fund before he died
OJB after his successful transplant held a thanksgiving service at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, January 19, 2014. After which he revealed plans to launch a Kidney Trust Fund in 2015.
Fast forward to yesterday, June 14, 2016, the singer was pronounced dead after his kidney failed a month before his 50th birthday.
Recall that the late OJB who had a successful operation in India thanks to contributions from friends and colleagues in the industry.
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The music producer teamed up with The Bowtie Club with support from some well-meaning institutions to launch a Kidney Trust Fund with the sole aim of raising funds towards assisting those suffering from kidney problems who want to get treatment abroad.
The initiative was to raise over N200m solely for the purpose of providing medical succour to Nigerians who are suffering from kidney ailments.
The OJB Foundation was to provide patients with help. The late legend in an interview with HipTv said, "So what we are looking at is to start a social business, something that allows the investors to have something to earn and at the same time do the CSR pat of it which is where we come in from the foundation."
Speaking further OJB said "The social business...is giving back in two ways, organize a talent show, get people on the talent show, whatever revenues come out from there, the sponsors or whatever it is a certain percentage goes into the foundation.
We want to see how we can in the next one year to put a dialysis centre together, even though its one or two. The truth is how many people can you really carry out to say you want to go and do surgery for but it is easier to say let me do a dialysis. Let's do that. Let's try and take care of that because in America people are on dialysis machines for like ten years, fifteen years."
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