Gusau, Iwuanyanwu sports bag, tourism award

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Musa Gusau and the General President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, High Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, were on Thursday in Abuja honored with the Africa and Sports Tourism (ASTA) Award by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). ), of the Fly With Us Africa project for their contribution to sport in Africa.

President, Project Fly With Us Afrika and Convener of Africa and Sports Tourism Awards, Ambassador Peace Onuiri said the awardees were given the awards because they have contributed in no small measure to the development and growth of sports especially in Nigeria and Africa. and therefore deserved recognition for their invaluable contributions that have positively impacted the lives of athletes past and present.

While Iwuanyanwu was awarded Life Patron and Award of Recognition, Gusau was decorated as Patron.

The NFF boss, while commending Chief Iwuanyanwu for his contributions to Nigerian football, said Africa must take a cursory look at how sports and tourism can bring out the best of the continent and show the world its rich potential and rich culture.

“Chief has done a lot for Nigerian football and is still doing more. As the General President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, he has a big role to play in what we do, especially for football in Nigeria. It is a great honor for us that God has given us the privilege to run the affairs of football in this great country, to be with you because everyone knows what you have done for football in Nigeria.

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«We have to take sport and tourism seriously because it’s something that brings people from different backgrounds together. We really don’t know what we have here in Africa, but it’s time to let the whole world know what we have here. Sports and tourism will not only support our rich culture but can generate funds for Africa,” Gusau said.

Describing sports as a tool for national and economic development, Chief Iwuanyanwu said sports, especially football, is a unifying factor that unites Nigerians as one.

“I am very pleased to have with me the very esteemed men and women of this great country, Nigeria. They are people united by the desire to use sport as a tool for national development, as a tool for supporting tourism, economic development, supporting character and, of course, bringing people entertainment. I want to thank you immensely for considering me worthy of this award. And not only did you give me the distinction, you also found me fit and proper to hold the position of life patron.

“I am a sports lover and we see that the biggest thing that unites us in Nigeria is football. I promise to give you all the support you need to succeed,” Iwuanyanwu stated.

In her remarks, Ambassador Onuiri earlier said the award was about using sports to boost tourism. She added that tourism alone, if used well, can improve the gross domestic product (GDP) of the whole of Africa.

“This award is about how sports will drive tourism. Tourism alone can improve the GDP of the entire African continent.

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“We are exploring how the interrelationship between sport and tourism can contribute to the development of Africa. If we say that sport is the driver of tourism, we have to take both.»

Present at the event are former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi, National President of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS), Hajiya Lami Adamu La, Chief Dan Uzu and Dr. Ejike Orji.

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