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NSF Edo 2020: A Blend of Sports And Culture

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Joel Ajayi

Edo state  is renowned  for her rich culture  and sports pedigree  which had resulted  in the discovery  of superstars in sports,  arts,  culture  and music.

The host state lived up to her reputation   during the opening ceremony of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival with a blend of cultural performances at the opening ceremony on Tuesday 6th April 2021. The rich cultural heritage of Edo and all the states of the Federation came alive with dances, music and cultural displays which symbolize unity in diversity.

The rich culture and sports record  was captured  by the Minister  who represented the  President  with a message that sports can unify and be used as a capsule for Youth empowerment,  creating  jobs and arresting  drifting  from the  tenets of grassroots sports Development.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki echoed the fact that sports had come back to its roots with the assertion: Sport is back home.

According to the Minister Chief Sunday Dare, in pursuit of unity and development of Nigerian youth, the National sports festival #NSF2020   offers a unique  opportunity to explore Sports development  beyond more than a  game.

“Nigerians will have the opportunity to see some of our best young talents compete in 32 sports events amongst 36 states plus the FCT.”

“You have seen the performance this evening and for the next twelve days we will see our young talents compete. We hope that from this competition and Festival, we can find some stars that will eventually represent this country.”

“I just want to say that Sports promotes peace and employs millions of our youth.”

While affirming President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to sports development, the Minister reiterated: “Like the president promised, he will continue to support sports development so that our youth can be engaged productively and to have a career in sports.”

The Minister further said This Festival signposts the future when athletes discovered here would be able to compete with the best in the world. I look forward to this Festival producing notable superstars as we have had in the past. It is also a unique opportunity to invest in our sports infrastructure to create the right mix.”

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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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