In Summary

  • Bukayo’s parents both hail from Nigeria
  • Bukayo Saka says the thank-you letters he got from Nigerian children who received life-changing operations with his help means the world to him.

Since 2022, Bukayo Saka has been supporting children’s medical charity BigShoe, helping to fund 120 life-changing operations in Kano, Nigeria.

Through his support of the children’s medical charity Big Shoe, the Arsenal star has funded a remarkable 120 life-changing operations, providing hope and healing to those in need, particularly in the city of Kano.

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Bukayo’s parents both hail from the country and he is proud of his heritage, and he was keen to work with the charity to help youngsters suffering from diseases like inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias or brain tumours.

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The Letters Make Me Smile

The 22-year-old received letters of thanks from some of those kids, who have been suffering from diseases such as inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias or brain tumours. Now the forward has revealed just how much this has meant to him

He told Arsenal’s Website  It [these letters] makes me smile. These kind of things mean more than anything in the world. To make children happy and give them the opportunity to enjoy their lives in the way that most of us here are able to do enjoy and do what we love.”

Saka also received a letter from a doctor who has performed many of the surgeries, including one on 12-year-old Kabir, who was struggling to walk.

“Your support has given the children brand new life,” he says. “Before Kabir’s surgery, he was barely able to walk. He is now able to play the game he loves, post-recovery. His friends even call him “Saka” – and this makes him really proud.”

Saka is back in Premier League action on Sunday when Arsenal travel to local rivals West Ham at London Stadium in a battle between third and seventh in the division.


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