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AIPS-Africa  ex-president, Mitchel Obi, hails GTI, IMC partnership   

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Africa’s sports journalists former president, Mitchel Obi has thumbed-up the strategic partnership that exists between GTI and Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye-led Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

Speaking during the well-attended IMC Media Parley at GTI office in Lagos, the highly travelled and legendary sports journalist said the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) is undergoing a revolution that will see our beautiful game rise again in the continent. He charged the sporting media to support the laudable partnership between GTI and IMC and ensure that NPFL is given media visibility with their reports.

Obi further noted that for the league to be accelerated to the next level, the sporting media need to put it on the front burner, insisting that the league is owned by Nigerians and must be well promoted and protected.

“The NPFL is owned by Nigerians and we must promote and protect it; therefore in the next few years, it will become as competitive as any other league in the world, if every stakeholder plays its role effectively as GTI is currently doing.

“We can recall that the English Premier League was rebranded and repackaged through the efforts of its stakeholders in Britain and now it is the most glamorous league in the world.

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“We can also do the same in Nigeria as I thank GTI’s Group Managing Director Abubakar Lawal for graciously using his company to actualize this great dream for the Nigerian league.

“I call on other stakeholders which include the sporting media to be part of this historic movement that is aimed at turning around NPFL into a fruitful venture since we have close to 140 million Nigerian youths that follow this beautiful game.

“Even the active talented footballers which abound in the country cannot be ignored in this regard, thus the sporting media must passionately beam their searchlight on them,” Obi stated.

He further commended the cordial relationship between GTI and IMC saying the romance between both parties has given NPFL great hope that our football development is destined for greatness.

“GTI must be commended for the role it is playing and we are already seeing the dividend of its strategic partnership with the IMC.

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“For us in the media, we need to support the project wholeheartedly which has rightly been dubbed our national asset.

“I’m not in doubt on what the outcome of this romance will be because it will surely impact positively on the league going forward if we do the right thing,” Obi stated.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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International Association of Women Police honours News Central TV

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The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of News Central TV, Kayode Akintemi, being presented with an award as Pillar of Support for women for the television station by the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun during the closing ceremony of the International Association of Women Police in Abuja.

News Central TV has been honoured with a distinguished award for its role in supporting women across the nation.

The Managing Director of News Central,  Kayode Akintemi, received the award on behalf of the media agency at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Conference held in Abuja.

The award is a recognition of News Central’s commitment to promoting gender equality, empowering women in law enforcement, developmental journalism and community engagement.

The IAWP Conference renowned for its dedication to celebrating the achievements of women in law enforcement and their allies, presented Akintemi with the award in acknowledgment of News Central TV’s impactful contributions to society.

The conference brought together influential leaders, policy makers, and advocates from around the globe to discuss and address critical issues facing women in law enforcement and beyond.

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Across Nigeria, News Central is renowned for championing initiatives that empower women and promote diversity within the media industry.

The station has been instrumental in providing a platform for women’s voices, addressing social issues, and fostering a culture of inclusivity. The award further highlights News Central’s dedication and commitment to the cause.

Commenting on the award, the Managing Director expressed gratitude and emphasized the importance of continued efforts towards gender equality and social justice.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition on behalf of News Central TV. Our mission has always been to create a media landscape that is reflective of our diverse society and to empower women to tell their stories.

“This award motivates us to continue our work with even greater passion and determination,” Akintemi said.

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News Central TV remains committed to its core values of integrity, innovation, and inclusivity. The station will continue to leverage its platform to advocate for positive change, support women in the media, and contribute to the overall betterment of society

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Tenacious Tana gets accolades over his elevation as The Punch Deputy Editor

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One of Nigeria’s most enterprising sports journalists, Tana Aiyejina who was Group Sports Editor of The Punch, has been elevated to the position of Deputy Editor of the newspaper.

A basketball promoter, Igoche Mark has congratulated the journalist who is well known for his in-depth reporting.

Mark, renowned for his contributions to the growth of basketball in Nigeria, through his Mark D’ Ball Basketball Championship sponsorship, praised Aiyejina’s dexterity and dedication to quality sports news reporting. 

“Mr. Tana Aiyejina’s elevation as Deputy Editor of The Punch Newspapers is a testament to his dexterity and dedication to quality sports news reportage from his days as a green horn sports reporter with The National Mirror,” he said.

Aiyejina, who hails from Edo State, has earned the moniker ‘Tenacious Tana’ for his objective and tenacious approach to sports journalism.

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 Mark commended the sports editor’s remarkable track record, stating, “He has always discharged his duties with objectivity and tenacity, a trade mark that earned him the moniker ‘Tenacious Tana.’”

Looking ahead, Mark urged Aiyejina to continue his valuable contributions to the sports sector, saying, “My charge to you as a stakeholder in sports is never to leave the sector, as together let’s build Nigerian sports to an enviable height.”

“The promotion of Tana Aiyejina to the position of Deputy Editor at The Punch Newspapers is a testament to his unwavering commitment to sports journalism and his ability to consistently deliver high-quality reporting. This recognition is sure to inspire other sports journalists to strive for excellence in their craft,” Mark added.

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Benin sports followers lament blackout of international sporting events 

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Sinatou Saka and Jean-Marc Adjovi Bocco, the duo can advice government to amortize the cost of television rights to relieve the citizens and Beninese generally.

Watching international sports events, including those of the national teams, has become a huge luxury, if not totally impossible in Benin Republic.

The blames are often put on government advisers who probably have not realised the importance of sports in the society.  

Fingers point at two personalities –  Sinatou Saka and Jean-Marc Adjovi Bocco. Saka was last year  appointed representative of the Beninese state on the board of directors of the joint audiovisual company. She is a journalist specializing in digital entrepreneurship.  

Bocco, a former professional footballer who played in the defence line of Benin national team is the technical adviser to the minister of sports.

Both were expected to use their good offices to advise government on issues of broadcast rights such that citizens could have access to international sports events, especially football.

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 They seem to have the views that watching international sports should remain a luxury owing to high cost of buying broadcast rights. The context in France seems to be the yardstick being employed while in the Beninese environment, sponsorship and advertisement is still very weak.

And even when the rights sellers revise the figures downwards, Sinatou Saka is believed to have turned down the offers. Peoples’ passion for sports is often overlooked. Bocco, too despite being a sports personality has not offered any assistance thus depriving millions of Beninese people of these rare moments of happiness around national teams and their athletes.

It is expected that the duo would advise the government to amortize the cost of television rights to relieve the citizens and Beninese generally.

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