Lai Mohammed is Grand Patron of African Sports Tourism Week
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has consented to taking on the role of Grand Patron of the pan-African sports travel trade event, known as African Sports Tourism Week. The Secretary General of World Sports Tourism Council, Prince Deji Ajomale-McWord, announced the development during a courtesy visit on the Minister in Abuja.
According to the Minister, there is an artificial divide between sport and tourism and it’s about time it is knocked down.
African Sports Tourism Week, which was last held in the city of Accra, Ghana, made its debut in Lagos Nigeria in 2018 and is now set to return to its city of birth from November 4-6, 2021.
Activities for the event include African Sports Tourism Summit and Master class, Sport Holiday and Events Awards, and Diplomacy Stableford Golf Tournament. At the Sport Holiday and Events Awards, notable brands and individuals who have been putting their money where their mouth is, in pushing the frontiers of sports tourism in Nigeria and encouraging people to travel Nigeria for sporting purposes, will be inducted into Nigerian Sports Tourism Hall of Fame.
The individual inductees include the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports; Sunday Dare, Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, the President of Nigeria Football Federation; Amaju Pinnick, the Chairman/founder of Air Peace; Allen Onyema, Founder/CEO of Aiteo; Benedict Peters, the Chairman/Founder of Bet9ja and ValueJet; Kunle Soname, Abimbola Ilo of Integral and Bukola Olopade of Nilayo Sports Management.
The corporate brand inductees are MTN Nigeria, Access Bank, Glo, First Bank, Aiteo and Guarantee Trust Bank.