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Ogunkoya praises Misam Schools, as Green House wins meet

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Nigeria's sports icon, Falilat Ogunkoya. Image source omgnaija

Nigeria’s sports icon, Falilat Ogunkoya. Image source omgnaija

NIGERIA’S sports icon, Falilat Ogunkoya, has praised the management of Misan Schools, Ipaja, Lagos for providing the enabling environment for students and pupils of the school to excel both in their academics and sports.

Speaking at the school’s second inter-house sports meet, Ogunkoya described schools sports as an avenue to discover future champions and enjoined the management of the school, led by Elder Michael Eweje, to enroll the schools in various state and national sports events.

She urged the school to provide sporting equipment and kits for the students to further raise the profile of the school and standard of the students.

Tracing her success to her secondary school days at Ode Remo Secondary School, Ogun State, where she was discovered in 1980 during a sport meet at Shagamu Stadium, Ogunkoya urged to be “steadfast and of good behaviour”.

“During my secondary school days, I was involved in 100, 200, Long jump and 400 metres. I never knew I would become what I am today through sports. My classmates called me several names but I didn’t allow that to weigh me down because I was determined to pursue my dream passionately.

“Later in life, I got a scholarship to travel to the United States, which further added value and honour to my sporting success. I made my name through sports. If not sports, nobody will ever know Falilat and this is why I am appealing to this generation not to give up on their dream.

You can combine sports and Academics if only you are serious because nobody can stop you except you stop yourself. The most famous names in the world today are sports heroes,” she told the students.

At the end of competitions in various events, Green House took the over all best position, with Abiola Eweje emerging the best athlete. He won four gold medals in boys’ Long Jump, High Jump, 400 meters and 75 meters sack race.



1 Comment
  • John Olu

    Do government and privately owned schools provide for games and sports these days? In the past, especially up till about twenty years after Nigeria’s independence, games and sports came as standard packages in schools. Very doubtful if this is the situation now. All one sees today are well painted, eye-catching buildings without regard for outdoor activities. It may well be a reflection of the Nigerian society in general, where nothing good comes in full-scale packaging anymore.