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Dare salutes Burna Boy after being listed to perform at UCL Final



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Chief Sunday Dare, has congratulated Nigeria’s multiple award-winning Afrobeat artiste, Burna Boy, after being named to perform at the 2023 UEFA Champions League final.

The final of the Champions League, the most elitist of Europe’s three inter-club competitions holds on Saturday, June 10, 2023 and Burna Boy has been signed on by the organizers to add pep to the on the pitch proceedings by entertaining the fans, during the Kickoff Show and interval.

According to the Honourable Minister, the recent exploits of Nigerian musicians and performers like Burna Boy, David Adeleke aka Davido, Temilade Openiyi aka Tems Asha, Kizz Daniel and Whiz Kid are testimonies to the fact that the youths of Nigerian are richly endowed with talents that can never be hidden.

“That’s why I’m charging Nigerian youths, irrespective of the field you find yourself to continue improving and distinguishing themselves, believing that one day they will also be accorded some recognition, in their state, the country or world at large”.

Chief Dare singled out Burna Boy and Davido for special praise, by referring to them as clear examples that talents abound in Nigeria.

The duo have actually displayed their God-given talents to the world, as Burna Boy, who has worked closely with the United Nations in the past, was one of the Artistes that held the audience spell bound, with one hit after the other, during the American NBA All Stars finals in.

On the other hand, Davido was one of the star performers at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, entertaining fans from all over the world at the Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as the Fans Zones.

Chief Dare, therefore, described these feats and the Grammy Awards scooped by some of them as compelling proofs that show Nigeria’ culture still rings a bell all over the world.

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NYG 2023: FG Charges Participants to compete Fairly In Spirit of Unity



As the 2023 National Youth Games kicks off, the Federal Government has called on participants in the country to ensure they compete fairly in the spirit of Unity of the nation.

The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave the charge today when he declared open the 7th edition of the National Youth Games holding in Asaba, the Delta State Capital. 

The President stated that the aim of the games which was conceived in 2013 was to reposition sports at the grassroots level and to facilitate the discovery of budding talents in the country.

Represented by the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh,  the President stated further that National Youth Games serves as an effective platform for talent identification and development as well as a level playing ground for young athletes to achieve excellence in sports and not necessarily to compete for the purpose of winning medals alone.

He explained that the Games was designed not only to enhance and elevate sports globally and regionally,  but also to establish a standard for athletes’ succession from one generation to another and enable for athletes participation in their community development as well as reinvigorate national unity and  collaboration amongst them.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu informed that his administration is committed to the development of sports in the country and that was why he specifically created the Ministry of Sports Development and assigned a colossus administrator,  Senator John Owan Enoh to drive its affairs, in line with the policy thrust of government.

The aim he added, is to ensure that sports move from mere recreation to job creation, thereby providing opportunities for poverty reduction amongst our youth, both male and female through government’s agenda of inclusiveness thus, improving on the security of our dear nation.

The President who congratulated Delta State Government for hosting the games urged officials and athletes to compete with the spirit of fairness and togetherness, while putting the interest of the nation ahead.

He wished the athletes a fruitful competition.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Governor of Delta State Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori stated that since inception, the National Youth Games  has proven to be a cost effective and reliable tool to promote national unity, advance development and  peace at both national and sub-national levels.

He observed that if this is effectively harnessed, sports has the power to positively impact on the economic and social wellbeing of any society.

Sports, he noted, *plays a great role in the realization of development and peace, in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities, not to mention its health, education and social inclusiveness objectives.

The Governor noted further that the belief of the Deltans on these ideals was unshakeable and that is why he.said,*the Government of Delta State has continued to make its resources available to host national and international sporting competitions

In 2018, he added, the state hosted the African Senior Athletics Championship, and in November 2022, the 21st National Sports Festival. 

Gov. Oborevwori reiterated that the Stephen Keshi Stadium has become a venue of choice for hosting national football championships, as Delta is becoming the beehive of sports in Nigeria.

He assured all participants of a peaceful and exciting games as security personnel, protocol officers, traffic management teams, and volunteers are on ground to ensure a peaceful, safe and secure environment for free and fair competition.

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