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Abuja Invitational Volleyball Challenge is purely developmental- Gagariga



Joseph Olabisi

The Chairman of Nigeria Park Volleyball Commission, Major General Taritimiye Gagariga has revealed that the Abuja Invitational Volleyball Challenge is purely a development volleyball championship.

The Abuja Invitational Volleyball Challenge is billed for 13th to 19th March, 2023 at Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Maj Gen Gagariga said the challenge will expose the academy players to competitive volleyball outside their comfort zone.

He noted that various teams that participated at the previous challenges have become league clubs over the years.

The board members of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation said, “The volleyball challenge will give young players the simple opportunity to be on a wider playing exposure. From the first time I started organising this private tournament, I have always reiterated it was for grassroots.

“The Abuja Invitational Volleyball Challenge is no longer an open championship, which we did from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Rules changed in 2021 when the focus became grassroots, rules are becoming more stringent and the IVC improves in its purely grassroots mandate.

“It is purely a developmental opportunity for about 450 teeming youths for just 7 days. Many teams have begun academies (the real grassroots) from our challenge, some clubs have graduated to become NVBF Division 1 and 2 teams while other clubs produced players directly into the national teams.”

“We have succeeded in bringing some lesser known teams to compete with clubs whose names appear in the NVBF Premier League. There are so many advantages to what we want to achieve in Invitational Volleyball Challenges,” he added.

Gagariga said the joy of the challenge is to see upcoming players showcase their talents for the technical department of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation to identify.

He said, “It is the volleyball game of upcoming players we want to see; let them play at their level, not comparing them to premiership or league levels.

“Every player at this level is actually not championship graded until the player enters the league, and that is what we also wish to achieve: that grassroots players graduate one day to the NVBF leagues or national teams if invited.”

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Amb. Dr. Queen Blessing Ebigieson, sworn in as new president of AMP



Joel Ajayi

Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers, (AMP), has recently sworn in her immediate past Vice President, Amb. Dr Queen Blessing Ebigieson, as the substantive president of the association. This is following the demise of Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR, earlier in the year and in respect of the associations constitutional provision which states that the vice president shall complete the tenure of the president in the event of the president’s permanent relocation from Lagos, impeachment or death.

In a statement Signed on Sunday in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of Association Nzeh Frankwhite revealed that  official swearing in of the new president was  held on 17th of March 2023 at the association’s national secretariat in Surulere, Lagos. 

The swearing in/oat taking was administered by Barrister Nobert Ajaegbu under the supervision of the association’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro and witnessed by some prominent stakeholders of the association. 

The short ceremony was also transmitted live on zoom for the virtual participation benefit of numerous members across the globe

In her acceptance speech, the new president promised to do her best not to let down the memory of late madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR and her numerous colleagues who have reposed this confidence in her, the new president, however called for the total cooperation of all, since she can do nothing without their support.

 She thanked all her colleagues from far and near and promise to ensure the association and its members will witness a season of greater glory under her watch

Other stakeholders that were present at the event were; 

Francis Onwochei, Keppy Ekpeyong, Hope Opara, Lilian Ama-Aluko, Joe Dudun, Baba Agba, Tony Chukwuma, Franca Brown, Emmanuel Ogugua, Emeka Ossai, Uncle Dele Osawe, Moji Oyetayo, Favour Benson etc. 

The new president has since resumed in her new role as the leader of the association in Nigeria. Congratulation!

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