The President of the history-making Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria urged other Governors and corporate bodies to emulate Gov. Ambode and Access Bank.
At the just concluded Lagos City Marathon, the life of a random street kid changed forever when Nigerian pop legend, Dbanj randomly gave a fan an opportunity to sing with him on stage. The 26-years-old boy, Joseph David, dazzled and impressed the crowd so much that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, came on stage and promised to take him off the street as well as gave him a cash reward of 2,5million which has been redeemed.
Warri/Effurun Marathon: Nigerian athletes prepare for showdown Days after the Marathon, the young boy was invited to the state house, Alausa-Ikeja where Governor Ambode and his wife presented him with a one year free education scholarship while Dbanj, alongside the CEO of DKM media, Damian Ifeanyi Okoroafor offered him a deal with CREAM Platform to nurture, develop his talent in music, education and entertainment.
The IAAF and AIMS have a special interest in the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon so if you see their top officials at the third edition, don’t be surprised. Lagos is one of the few marathons in the world that got an IAAF Label after just two editions. This is a rare feat. The event had over 50,000 runners at the first edition and over 73,000 in the second, this is something you rarely find in any part of the world.
Nigeria does not have enough marathons and road races, Ambode and Access Bank have taken the lead with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. I urge other governors and corporate bodies to emulate them; we need more races in Nigeria. New York State alone has over 70 marathons and road races in a year. Our political and business leaders must embrace marathon even if it for the health benefits alone.
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which already has a Bronze label and is eyeing a Silver label, will enter its fourth year in 2019. Kindly share your thoughts with us in the comment section below and don’t forget to share.