Nollywood actress Dakore Akande has become an ambassador of the Eye Bank of Nigeria.
The Eye Bank of Nigeria was established by the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria and Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind.
It was established to harvest (collect), process and distribute donor eye tissue for sight saving cornea transplant, medical education and research into causes and treatment for other eye diseases.
These services will be rendered to members of the Nigerian public who may by accident or organic degeneration or infection of the cornea have lost the use of their eyes due to cornea opacity (whitish cornea).
The Eye Bank is committed to harvesting eyes (corneas), and promoting organ donations through public and professional education, highlighting the importance and benefits of organ donation.
Akande wrote on her Instagram: “My Awesome #Dakorefam hope you’re having an awesome Tuesday so far? My #tbt is fairly recent…I was officially unveiled as the Ambassador for the Eye bank of Nigeria with the aim of sensitizing the public about the need for Cornea donors to help those with reversible blindness.
“I pledged my cornea that day and what that means is when I leave this earth I willingly donate my cornea to help give the gift of sight especially as I would no longer be needing it….what are your views on this and coming a donor in general? I would really appreciate your kind feedback so we can start the conversation…will you be willing to do it for a loved one or a stranger? How do you SEE it? Factors that prevent most people from doing this is fear but of what exactly?”
See photos from her announcement ceremony below.