Nollywood star Chinedu Ikedieze recently donated a trophy to his Bende community of Abia State to further promote peaceful living among indigenes of the state. The football competition was named Uzuakoli Peace Cup.
“I donated a cup to my community to promote peace and unity. This was part of activities during my one month vacation,” the popular actor known as Aki said.
Teams sprang up almost immediately along with existing ones and played the round robin contest with a winner emerging days after. The actor was present at the trophy presentation and he described the camaraderie the competition brought as a solid foundation for lasting peace.
“When young people work and play together, love grows, there is also peace in that society. That was why I decided to sponsor that mini competition while I was on vacation and had to fly back for the trophy presentation and return to my family. Next year, we will strive to make the competition take a larger scope by involving the entire Local Government Council. We just pray that we get the required funds to do that,” Aki said.
Aki, born in Bende, Abia State, is best known for playing alongside his long time sparring partner Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) in most movies after their breakthrough in the movie Aki na Ukwa.
In 2007, Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA. He is also a trained writer.