Zen Magazine’s cover for the month of December features an incredible sportsman and humanitarian whose passion for charity and community service inspired him to start his foundation back in 2007 to give back to underprivileged kids in North America and across Africa. Born in Lagos, Nigeria back in the 80′s, Israel Idonije is a Nigerian-Canadian defensive player for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL) in America. This month, we sit down with the sport star to talk about what inspired him to start his foundation “The Israel Idonije Foundation”, and how it feels to be playing for the Detroit Lions. “We rarely see sportsmen on our covers so it is a great feeling to have Israel Idonije grace our cover this month”; were the words of Arinze Nwokolo, the editor of Zen Magazine.
Photography by Gavin Smith Photography Studio