An e-book titled “Nigeria’s Olympics: Sports and National Development” has been
launched to celebrate Nigeria’s biggest sporting triumph at the Olympic Games
20 years after.
Co-edited
by Lolade Adewuyi of football website www.Goal.com Nigeria and Tosin Adebisi of
the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, the free book is a collection of 10
essays from a writing competition organised to celebrate the victory of the
Dream Team at Atlanta ’96.
The
book was released at an awards ceremony to fete the winner and finalists of
#WritingGamesNG on Thursday September 8, 2016.
The
essay competition, open to final year students in Nigerian higher institutions
and National Youth Service Corps personnel, was won by Oladele Oluwasogo Dare,
a National Youth Service Corps personnel based in Anambra State.
The
joint runners-up were Ekene Ezike, NYSC Osun State and Alfred Olajide, NYSC
Taraba State. The third place was taken by Olumodeji Gabriel Shola, NYSC
Anambra State.
The
other finalists were Mmerenu Harrison (NYSC Kwara), Okanga Okanga (NYSC Lagos),
Orji Sunday Sylvester (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), Adewale
Abiodun
Sodiq (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba), Temitope Bakinde (NYSC Lagos) and
Ikpebe Akpa Simon (Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti).
“Words
presently have failed me in expressing my heartfelt gratitude to everyone. You
have successfully turned a near frustrating service year into a life changing
story,” said Oladele, who went on an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2016
Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.
The
ceremony had in attendance Mr Dotun Coker of the Lagos State Football
Association,
who represented NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, and Mr Wale
Joseph, deputy secretary general of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria
(SWAN) as well as Mr Seun Methowe, Perform Media Country Manager for West
Africa.
There
was a high-powered delegation from the NYSC led by Mrs. Eno Awak Essien who
represented the Director General, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure.
Also
in attendance was the Lagos State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Cyril Akhaneme
as well as several Assistant Directors.
The
competition’s judges – Professor Richard Follett of the University of
Sussex
and Professor Dipo Salami of the Obafemi Awolowo University – praised the
effort of the entrants and encouraged them to continue developing their talent.
They joined AIESEC Nigeria and the NYSC in celebrating youth development and
empowerment across the country.
The
co-editors, Messrs Adewuyi and Adebisi, said they undertook the collaborative
effort to bring synergy between sport and education as well as promote writing
and a celebration of Nigeria’s heroic team of 1996.
“We
see this e-book as an important contribution to Nigerian sports and scholarship
that needs to be encouraged in our country as a reminder of its important
football heroes. The depth of writing which explored politics, culture,
religion and sports point to how our country can succeed if we work as a team
like the Dream Team of 1996,” the editors said in a statement.
The
winner was offered an internship and a trip to any part of the world by youth
leadership organisation AIESEC who were one of the partners of the competition.

The
e-book can be downloaded free online via this link  Download Atlanta 96 e-book free here

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