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CNN’s Inside Africa Meets Nigeria’s Fitness Enthusiasts Turned Entrepreneurs

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In the latest episode of Inside Africa, CNN International meets Nigeria’s fitness enthusiasts turned entrepreneurs who are launching new businesses inspired by a growing desire to stay active, healthy and fit.

The programme meets Aminadab Allen Adegboro, CEO of Pitstop Lagos, a group created in 2019 in which dozens of cyclists gather to ride all around the Lagos region to stay active and fit.

“We’re building a family in Pitstop Lagos itself. And I believe there’s still many people out there that would love to be part of our family, and we’re still waiting for those people. We’re still planning. We are planning to expand, you know, growth. So I think growth for Pitstop Lagos will be a continuous thing,” says Adegboro.

Dominic Mudabai, a personal trainer and fitness instructor, tells CNN he believes that people care about exercise now more than ever. “What we now have is a fitness consciousness. People want to now engage themselves in fitness to be healthier to look good, to feel good because of the benefits they get mentally, physically and even emotionally. In Nigeria, it’s grown exponentially over the years, and I believe it will grow even more,” he says.

In Nigeria, an increasing interest in playing sports, exercising and staying active and fit has the country on the verge of what some describe as a fitness revolution. Inside Africa explores the rise of cycling and martial arts, such as Taekwondo, as growing fitness activities in the country.

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https://edition.cnn.com/specials/africa/inside-africa

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Bayelsa Govt. seeks Heritage Bank support on youth devt in sport

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Bayelsa Govt. seeks Heritage Bank support on youth devt in sport

The Bayelsa State Government has indicated interest in partnering Heritage Bank Plc on youth empowerment and sport development.

The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo disclosed the interest of the State Government during a courtesy call with the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Daniel Igali and others on the Management of the Bank, at Heritage’s Head Office in Lagos recently.

Ewhrudjakpo expressed the State Government’s readiness to collaborate with Heritage Bank to empower youths and develop sports at all levels with the intent to put measures in place to play-up their socio-economic wellbeing and for the identification and development of budding talents.

He also commended Heritage Bank for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit for economic growth.

“We believe with that, there is going to be first, removing our youths from drugs dependency and we are also using them to win.

We really want to see how Heritage Bank can partner with us or support of which we have adequate publicity,” he stated. 

Meanwhile, Ewhrudjakpo affirmed that Governor Douye Diri-led administration would do everything within its reach to foster a mutually beneficial partnership.

Whilst responding, the Executive Director of the Bank, Jude Monye who welcomed the delegates assured the Deputy Governor of Heritage’s readiness to support the Bayelsa Government on youth empowerment and sport development.

He noted that with the bank’s feats toward empowering young Nigerians and sport development showed the bank has strong desire towards developing and positioning youths to become world-class citizens equipped and ready to be absorbed into an increasing competitive professional skills and endeavours.

Monye further disclosed that Heritage Bank have been at the forefront of supporting good courses involving youth and sport, whilst reiterating the bank’s MD/CEO, Ifie Sekibo’s readiness to partner with Bayelsa State Government.

“On behalf of the CEO and the Board, I want to say, we will support the course of Bayelsa State as far as sports in concerned. Whether it is wrestling, athletic, football, soccer, we will be part of it,” he assured.

Adding, the ED said, “We have always supported good courses; we are a small bank and relatively new. We will support the Bayelsa State Government because we want to see the youth brought out of drug peddling and drug consumption to where their life can be useful.”

He recalled that when it concerns youth empowerment and sport development the Bank had carved a niche in collaborating with public and private organisations, especial state governments such as Lagos, Rivers State, Ibadan amongst others to build a culture of sports together with the formal education and entrepreneurship in a bid to secure the future of the teaming population.

“As a bank, we have done something in sports known as schoolympics which was organised by the bank, partnered with the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis championship, Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th anniversary, 14th edition of the West African Universities Game (WAUG), partnered with Lagos State Government to back the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis championship, 2014 Port Harcourt Amateur Open Golf Championship, IBB Golf Tournament in Abuja to list but few,” he hinted.

According to him, “Heritage Bank believes in development. We have the tenacity to develop, and sport is a way of developing Nigerians both young and old to help foster their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. It is a well-known fact that physical education and sports help in character and community building, delinquency reduction, community safety, economic and social development.”

Monye further noted that the drive to continue in the support of youths was to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.

He explained that the entrepreneur schemes of the bank in the support for business especially among the youths have always focused on dependable job-creating sectors, such as agricultural value chain (fish farming, poultry, snail farming), cottage industry, mining and solid minerals, creative industry (tourism, arts, and crafts), and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

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Bayelsa Govt. Seeks Heritage Bank Support on Youth Devt in Sport

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The Bayelsa State Government has indicated interest in partnering Heritage Bank Plc on youth empowerment and sport development.


The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo disclosed the interest of the State Government during a courtesy call with the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Daniel Igali and others on the Management of the Bank, at Heritage’s Head Office in Lagos recently.


Ewhrudjakpo expressed the State Government’s readiness to collaborate with Heritage Bank to empower youths and develop sports at all levels with the intent to put measures in place to play-up their socio-economic wellbeing and for the identification and development of budding talents.


He also commended Heritage Bank for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit for economic growth.


“We believe with that, there is going to be first, removing our youths from drugs dependency and we are also using them to win.


We really want to see how Heritage Bank can partner with us or support of which we have adequate publicity,” he stated.


Meanwhile, Ewhrudjakpo affirmed that Governor Douye Diri-led administration would do everything within its reach to foster a mutually beneficial partnership.


Whilst responding, the Executive Director of the Bank, Jude Monye who welcomed the delegates assured the Deputy Governor of Heritage’s readiness to support the Bayelsa Government on youth empowerment and sport development.


He noted that with the bank’s feats toward empowering young Nigerians and sport development showed the bank has strong desire towards developing and positioning youths to become world-class citizens equipped and ready to be absorbed into an increasing competitive professional skills and endeavours.


Monye further disclosed that Heritage Bank have been at the forefront of supporting good courses involving youth and sport, whilst reiterating the bank’s MD/CEO, Ifie Sekibo’s readiness to partner with Bayelsa State Government.


“On behalf of the CEO and the Board, I want to say, we will support the course of Bayelsa State as far as sports in concerned. Whether it is wrestling, athletic, football, soccer, we will be part of it,” he assured.


Adding, the ED said, “We have always supported good courses; we are a small bank and relatively new. We will support the Bayelsa State Government because we want to see the youth brought out of drug peddling and drug consumption to where their life can be useful.”


He recalled that when it concerns youth empowerment and sport development, the Bank had carved a niche in collaborating with public and private organisations, especial state governments such as Lagos, Rivers State, Ibadan amongst others to build a culture of sports together with the formal education and entrepreneurship in a bid to secure the future of the teaming population.


“As a bank, we have done something in sports known as schoolympics which was organised by the bank, partnered with the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis championship, Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th anniversary, 14th edition of the West African Universities Game (WAUG), partnered with Lagos State Government to back the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis championship, 2014 Port Harcourt Amateur Open Golf Championship, IBB Golf Tournament in Abuja to list but few,” he hinted.


According to him, “Heritage Bank believes in development. We have the tenacity to develop, and sport is a way of developing Nigerians both young and old to help foster their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.

It is a well-known fact that physical education and sports help in character and community building, delinquency reduction, community safety, economic and social development.”


Monye further noted that the drive to continue in the support of youths was to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.


He explained that the entrepreneur schemes of the bank in the support for business especially among the youths have always focused on dependable job-creating sectors, such as agricultural value chain (fish farming, poultry, snail farming), cottage industry, mining and solid minerals, creative industry (tourism, arts, and crafts), and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

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2022 MILO Basketball Championship Ends as Bayelsa Schools Rule

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The 22nd Milo Basketball Championship ended in great excitement as the boys from
Bishop Dimieari Grammar School, Obom Bayelsa State defeated Government
Secondary School, Karu, FCT, 36 to 33 in a nail-biting encounter.

The game was in a draw situation with each team holding 33 points and only 22 seconds left on the clock when the Bayelsa boys threw a three points from the center of the court thatcoincided with the final buzzer, sending the spectators into a moment of jubilation.


In a different but one-sided encounter, the girls from St. Jude’s Secondary Schools
Amarata, Bayelsa State outclassed their counterparts from Akpur College, Gboko,
Benue State by 38 to 14 to emerge winners in the girls’ category of the
Championship.


Speaking at the basketball finals, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Mr. Wassim El-Husseini said, “The MILO Basketball
Championship provides a platform to help the participants imbibe values that set
the right foundation for their future.

As they participate in sports, they learn grit –
perseverance through hardship, courage to overcome fear, ability to work in a team,
self-belief, respect, and leadership.

We will therefore, continue to do our utmost to
help shape a healthier and happier generation of Nigerians by encouraging participation in sporting activities through the MILO Basketball Championship.”

The Nestlé Chief Executive thanked the Nigerian Schools Sports Federation (NSSF),
the National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NCSF), the Nigeria Basketball Federation
(NBBF), the Ministries of Sports, Youth Development and Education in the various states, for their support in ensuring the success of the Championship over the last22 editions.

Also speaking at the National Finals, The Minister of Youth and Sports Development
Mr. Sunday Dare who was represented by Professor Olawale Moronkola – Director
General of the National Institute for Sports said, “I wish to commend the
commitment, passion and financial support of Nestlé to the growth of basketball in
the country.

It is heartwarming to note that this platform has become a gathering
for discovering, nurturing and development of the so many budding talents in our
dear country.”


The Honourable Minister, through his representative also congratulated all the
participants and promised the federal government’s support to companies that
invest in support sport development.


The President of the Nigeria Schools’ Sports Federation (NSSF), Olabisi Joseph,
who spoke on this year’s Championship said, “Nestle Nigeria PLC has made
significant contribution to the growth of sports in Nigeria and the creation of a
bright future for young people by supporting and promoting basketball in schools.


The championship has served as a platform for showcasing and harnessing the
great potential of young Nigerian students and integrating them into the
mainstream of basketball.”


The MILO Basketball Championship which started with less than 500 schools in
1999, now brings together over 10,000 schools every year, with a record registration of 10, 354 schools in the 22nd edition.

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