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Nigeria Powerlifting Federation Partner FG To Engage Nigerian Youths

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Joel Ajayi

Nigeria Powerlifting Federation has revealed that the federation is set to partner ministry of youth and sports and all stakeholders in sports development through constant competitions to engage Nigerian youths.

Speaking in a press conference in Abuja, the President of the federation and US-based Nigerian Professional International Powerlifter, Erepadei Sunday Amos a.k.a Sunny Power, said that, through constant events in powerlifting, many young people will be engaged, an initiative believed if achieved, will reduce youth unrest in the country.

He lamented that awareness of the sport was low in Nigeria despite its international acceptance, saying that, effort will not be spared to create more awareness about the game in the country and beyond.

According to him, my mission is to partner with ministry of youth and sports, multinational companies based in Nigeria, other government institutions and stakeholders in sports development, through our event of constant competition to engage our youths through strength and power sports.

“I will be working with the federal government through sport ministry; I will also be working with all 36 States of the federations through their commissioners and director of sports.

“Another mission is to see how powerlifting and strongest man sport will be included in NSF in the country.

“In furtherance to have constant powerlifting state competition, region and annual open powerlifting championship, constant media talk about strength, catch them young, talent hunting, and cash award will be put in place.

He added that: “Annual coaching seminar will be organized for coaches to improve their techniques.

“With my international exposure and experience, I am going to bring international investors into the country to support and sponsor powerlifting events.

“Sunny power sport academy is a great opportunity to develop youths in their chosen sports, ready to train, develop, and sponsor anyone to fulfill his dream.”

He however, appealed to the government at all levels to support the power sport which has given him and many Nigerians international exposure and a career.

The award-winning power lifter, Sunny fondly called, during his career, won silver medal at the Raw Powerlifting Federation New Mexico State Championship in 2014; Silver medal winner of Raw Powerlifting Federation, North Carolina State Championship in 2015, Gold Medal 2016 at raw powerlifting federation eastern USA Open Single Lift Championship, and many other awards.


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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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