The inter-ministerial technical session: From concept to action
The session remains one of the best organized technical sessions on sports development I have attended in 31 years. I have been involved in sports matters after our woeful performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Between Nigeria, sport, apartheid and Xenophobia
There is always something confounding about South Africa. When I first heard the word ‘Apartheid’, it was in connection to South Africa. The country was one of the last bastions of slavery in the world.
School imposes ban on sporting activities
The management of the Polytechnic, Ibadan has banned sporting activities on its campuses. The school in a statement from the directorate of students’ affairs said its decision to ban sporting activities was as a result of the security situation in the institution.
Copying is not stealing
Asian companies, especially Chinese, are constantly being accused by Western manufacturers and media of stealing and copying ideas, and infringing patent rights. But this is not the case. Reverse Engineering is perfectly legal and, indeed, the most efficient method of adapting products to emerging market needs.
New NBC broadcasting code could transform the sports industry, but…
When a nation’s leaders see a vision and work towards achieving it, they set their people on a path towards self-reliance. In July 2017, former Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed made a statement that generated a ripple effect in the sports industry. “We will amend the NBC code to ensure that our Premier League improves. We will make sure that in the Code if you spend one million dollars to support a foreign football club like Manchester United in Nigeria, you will not be allowed to air that programme unless you spend 30 per cent of that money to promote Nigeria’s league,” he said. I wrote about it in August (Can protectionism rescue Nigerian sport?), exploring how it can be achieved.
NGO calls for grassroots sports development
Country Director, Helen Keller International, Philomena Orji has called on state governments to engage school children in sporting activities, as it would aid their academic performance. Orji, speaking at the Healthy Champions Sports Festival, organised by Helen Keller International, in collaboration with Ikeja Local Government Education Authority and Mondelez International, said participating in physical exercise…
Nigerian sport - Never been this bad
These are very dreary times for Nigerian sports. For those of us that have been a part of several generations, the pain is deep. I was an active participant at the highest level from the mid 1970s when Nigerian sports were on a global ascendancy, when Nigeria started an authentic dominance of Africa in…
Keeping healthy this Yuletide
The Yuletide is here again. It is period associated with over indulgence in alcohol, drugs, unhealthy diets, late nights and sleeplessness to mention but a few. Several studies have shown that many people add on extra kilogrammes and develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, stroke among others after the celebrations.…
Dudu-Orumen tasks corporate bodies on youth sports growth
The Rector of Cowbell Football Academy (CFA), Godwin Dudu-Orumen, has urged corporate organisations to emulate Promasidor Nigeria Limited, which has been involved in youth sports growth and sponsorship. According to Dudu-Orumen, the corporate community in the country is yet to harness five per cent of the potential in youth sports sponsorship, which he described…
‘Sport activities key to overall development of the child’
Principal, Day Waterman College, Ogun State, Mr. Stewart Cowden has disclosed that sport activities is essential for the overall development of the child. Cowden who stated this at the 8th inter-house sports of the school added that the move would assist the child in meeting up with the demands of the 21st century. …
Lebanese emerges winner of Panenka spot-kick challenge in Benin city
A Lebanese, Hassan Akar, has emerged winner of the maiden edition of Panenka Spot-Kick Challenge, pocketing a hundred thousand naira cash prize. Panenka Spot-Kick Challenge is a knockout styled game show, in which the last man standing wins a penalty contest between a designated number of contestants. Eleven players comprising eight males and three females…