The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter on Thursday, October 4, Seyi Akinwunmi, the first vice-president, the Nigeria Football Federation, on his re-election to the Glass House.
Speaking at the epoch making event held at the Lagos SWAN Secretariat, Debo Oshundun, SWAN boss, said the ceremony was aimed to honour and also to encourage Akinwunmi to sustain his efforts at changing the face of football in Nigeria.
He said: “Barrister is a man of many parts. He is a lover of children and has done so much to help Nigerian kids to realize their dreams. Though he has not looked in this regard but we thought it wise to honour one of our own in order for him to do more.
“Barrister has been a good ambassador of the state and it is important to give honour to whom it is due. So, on behalf of the most vibrant chapter of sport writing, the Lagos SWAN, we want appreciate you for all your good deeds for Nigerian football.”
In his response, Akinwunmi thanked the Lagos SWAN executives led by Oshundun and the entire members of the association for the honour. He said that aiding Nigerian children was not aimed at getting commendations but to give the kids a future.
“I was really shocked when the Lagos SWAN chairman informed me about this award. At first, I never thought it was going to be this big until Oshundun told me yesterday (Wednesday) to invite some of my friends.
“For me, this award is a reward for more work as there are still lots of kids out there waiting for someone to help them realize their dreams. And I want to admonish us here to also pick a child and groom them to glory,” Akinwunmi who doubles as the chairman, Lagos State Football Association pleaded.
The legal luminary wiped his face filled with tears of joy after a resounding applause followed his recitation read by Pius Ayinor, a front-line sports journalist.
Akinwunmi was presented with a plague and a giant photo frame.
Some of the top dignitaries and senior colleagues that graced the ceremony include: Kweku Tandoh, the executive chairman, Lagos Sports Commission; Mitchel Obi, president, AIPS Africa; Mary Onyali Omagbemi, former Queen of the track; Wale Alabi, a former national SWAN secretary general and Wale Joseph, his deputy, among others.
– Oct. 5, 2018 @ 17:39 GMT |