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IBB Golf Club to host 100 foreign players in Oct 1 Tourney



The prestigious IBB Golf Club is set to put Nigeria and Africa on the global golf map as it hosts over 500 eager golfers including 100 foreigners in the October 1st Independence Golf Tourney,

The highly anticipated 2023 edition which will be the country’s single biggest golf tournament will run from September 25-October 1st. It will be a celebration of unity, talent, and excellence on the lush greens of one of Africa’s best championship golf courses.

This year’s IBB Golf Club Independence edition will be exposed to a national and global audience expected to surpass over 100 million people.

For the first time in its storied history, the Independence Golf Tourney will see the participation of four countries, welcoming approximately 100 foreign players to the course.

The IBB Club Captain, Banjo Obaleye Ibb stated that “the international camaraderie underscores the tournament’s growing reputation and showcases the lush conditions of the course, made possible by state-of-the-art machinery never seen before in Nigeria’s golf history.”


Breaking away from the traditional approach, this year’s event also promises to create an unforgettable tournament for players and unprecedented experiential experience for sponsors.

Though the IBB International Golf and Country Club itself cannot affiliate with international golf bodies, the pursuit of global recognition remains at the forefront.

The Chairman of the Independence Cup Organising Committee, and the Club’s Vice Captain, Ibrahim Babayo said that “the Club will continue to carefully forge strategic partnerships with overseas golf clubs, and work to propel the Independence Golf Tourney into the ranks of the world’s top 20 tournaments.”

Established in 1987 under the visionary leadership of its founders, the IBB International Golf and Country Club has grown to become a symbol of prestige, unity and achievement.

The Club parades the finest Bermuda tuff dwarf greens, making it one of the best golf turfs globally.


It is recognized as a championship golf course and a top contender in Africa.

The country’s sitting President has traditionally always been the Grand Patron of the Club. President Bola Tinubu has been specially invited to the October 1st grand finale which will be a gathering of some of the country’s most influential persons and golfers.

Recognizing the substantial potential of golf in the global tourism market, the IBB International Golf and Country Club is championing the development of golf tourism in Nigeria.

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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IBB Golf Club elects Ibrahim Babayo as new Captain and elevates Nigerian golf



Ibrahim Babayo, new Captain of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja

Ibrahim Babayo has been elected as the new Captain of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja. This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the club, as it aims to elevate its status to a global level and make significant strides in the world of golf.

In his new role, Ibrahim Babayo has expressed his commitment to bringing the IBB Golf Club to a global level. He aims to position the prestigious club as a key player in the international golfing community, showcasing the talent and potential that Nigeria and Africa have to offer in the world of golf.

This vision aligns with the club’s ambition to put Nigeria and Africa on the global golfing map.

In his inaugural address, Captain Babayo pledged to create an unforgettable experience for partners and sponsors, “as we take Nigerian golf and IBB Golf Club to unprecedented levels. I trust believe that the game of golf can be used to write a new Nigerian story. And IBB Golf Club will be at the vanguard of this historic ascend. “

Captain Babayo also pledged to diversify the club’s income streams to both private and public sectors to improve infrastructure and service quality. “We recognize the need to diversify our revenue streams beyond membership fees to enhance the quality of our infrastructure, facilities and services,” he said.


Another item on the new Captain’s agenda, is enhancing hygiene standards and implementing stringent environmental regulations within the club’s premises.

He implored the support of all stakeholders in making the Club a truly global golf brand name He pledged “…to serve with integrity, diligence, and unwavering dedication. Together, let us chart a new course towards a prosperous future for our beloved IBB International Golf and Country Club.”

Captain Babayo brings a wealth of experience to his new role, holding degrees in Estate Management from Kaduna Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology. He is a distinguished member of the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

As the founder and CEO of Cosmopolitan Cleaners Limited and the Former Chairman, Premium Pension Ltd. Babayo has demonstrated his commitment to driving positive change.

Joining Captain Babayo are newly elected committee members: James Eromosele Agbonhese as Vice Captain, Dame Julie Donli OON as Lady Captain, Bolarin Aliyu-Faniyan as Honorary Secretary, Gabriel O. Aremu as Honorary Treasurer, and Dr. Olarewaju Phillips, Social and Welfare officer.


IBB Golf and Country Club, located in the heart of Nigeria, has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to promoting the country’s culture, heritage, and sporting excellence on the global stage.

The Club was founded in 1991 as an initiative of the Government of Nigeria (through the FCT Administration). It is a self-funding, members only entity, incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the Grand Patron.

The IBB Golf Club remains dedicated to promoting the sport of golf and fostering an environment of camaraderie among its members. The Club has been a hub for golf enthusiasts since its inception and continues to set the benchmark for excellence in African golf

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IBB Golf Club set to redefine golf … launches bold campaign on CNN 



The 2023 IBB Golf Club event also featured a historic special golf exhibition by the Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and the President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe.

The special CNN campaign is designed to elevate the profile of the IBB Golf Club, showcase the world-class facilities it offers, and emphasize the importance of golf as a sport that transcends boundaries, and goes hand in hand with nature.

The CNN campaign will give a quick photo panorama of the IBB Golf Club, exploring the club’s history, world-class facilities, lush greens, breathtaking surrounding and the natural habitat which is also a home to various mammals and captivating crocodiles.

The Captain of the IBB Golf, Dr  Banjo Obaleye pointed out that: “The game of golf is growing in Nigeria. We have courses that can compete globally. Our fairways and greens are in impeccable shape and condition. You can come to Nigeria and do your business and also enjoy playing your golf here.

“We are also looking at the youth development and grassroots promotion, because golf is not just about elites. We are confident that maybe tomorrow, Nigerian can produce the next Tiger Woods.”

The Vice-Captain of the Club and Chairman of the Independence Cup Organizing Committee, Mr Ibrahim Babayo also emphasized that “we are taking this golf beyond just play the game. We are looking at how we can improve our social capital and at the same time, how we can improve tourism.

“The potential of Golf tourism is over $19 million. We are excited to be at the centre of history and rewriting the story of golf in Nigeria.

The CNN feature on the IBB Golf Club rounds up with a powerful tip by the Tournament champion and winner of the PAN Nigeria car, Joe Poromo: “You never know when it’s your day. So anytime you show up on the golf course, keep your head down and play against the course. Greatness could just be a shot away.”

In its continued efforts to take Nigerian golf to a new level, IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja has rolled out a special golf tactical campaign starting this November.

The promotional and educational campaign which will be the first of its kind is aimed at promoting golf, sportsmanship, the spirit of unity among enthusiasts and the potential of Nigeria emerging as a top golf nation.

This groundbreaking IBB Golf Club campaign, running from November-December on peak time evening spots will also specially highlight the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament.

This golf event set an all-time record in attendance, atmosphere, sponsorship, executive presence, community engagement, and the grand car prize from PAN Nigeria.

The high profile headline sponsors were PAN Nigeria, Access Bank, BUA Group, Glenfiddich, Sterling Bank, TAJ Bank and Hope PS Bank. Others were Landmark Africa, Waltersmith, Premium Pension, Stanbic IBTC, Golden Construction, MOUNA  MO and Interglobal.

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Philip Joe Paroma wins PAN Nigeria car prize at World class IBB Golf Club tournament



Philip Joe Poroma has emerged the overall winner of the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament and drove away with a brand new car from PAN Nigeria Ltd for the first time in the history of the tournament. In the process, IBB Golf Club also set a new standard of excellence in the game of golf in Africa.

After three days of high profile and tension soaked golf, Big Joe Poroma played an impressive 5 under to outclass over 400 golfers from Nigeria and four other African countries- Cameroun, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Independent Golf Tournament which celebrated Nigeria’s 63rd Anniversary in spectacular style was hailed by fans and players as raising the bar in Nigerian golf and creating a more enabling environment for the sport.

The IBB Golf club tournament had as major sponsors: PAN Nigeria, Access Bank, BUA Group Sterling Bank, HOPE PS Bank and several others.

Big Joe attributed his victory to “a cool head, perseverance, a fighting spirit and a gorgeous golf course that is just such a delight to play on.”

The new winner pointed out that: “I didn’t set my aim at winning the car. I was just out to have a great game of golf and support my Nigerian golf team mates in outshining the other countries. So, I just let my golf flow and I’m absolutely thrilled that I won the trophy along with a gleaming new car from PAN Nigeria.

The IBB Golf Club Tournament, known for its competitive spirit and exceptional playing conditions, attracted golfers from all corners of the region. Amidst fierce competition, Big Joe’s unwavering focus and unmatched talent shone through, making him the star of the event. His precision on the greens and remarkable consistency throughout the tournament were key factors that propelled him to victory.

“This victory is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and a genuine love for the sport of golf,” Big Joe expressed with gratitude. “I am deeply honored to have won the first prize and to have my name associated with the IBB Golf Club’s rich history.”

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the captain of the IBB Golf Club, Dr. Banjo Obaleye , said “we are determined to give golf its rightful place in Nigeria. Golf tourism to Nigeria is estimated to be over $16 billion. As a country, we haven’t even scratched the surface and at the IBB Golf Club, we want to be at the vanguard of changing the golf narrative.

The Captain of the IBB Golf Club and Chairman of the organizing committee, Mr Ibrahim Babayo noted that: “the rebranding and elevation of IBB Golf Club has only just begun. We are already and easily one of the best golf courses in Africa. Who says Nigeria can’t be one of the world’s top 30 golfing nations and attract billions of dollars in new foreign investment.

“The IBB Golf Club will continue to provide a platform for golfers to showcase their talents at the highest level. The club’s state-of-the-art facilities, meticulously maintained courses, and exceptional organizing committee have contributed to its reputation as a premier golfing destination.”

The IBB Golf Club remains dedicated to promoting the sport of golf and fostering an environment of camaraderie among its members. The Club has been a hub for golf enthusiasts since its inception and continues to set the benchmark for excellence in African golf

The 2023 Independence golf tournament has once again highlighted the strategic importance of the golf sport as a unifier




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