The history of Sports especially football in Nigeria can never be complete without the mention of Ajegunle, a ghetto Town in Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA of Lagos State where many Nigerian legends of the game emerged from to prominence.
In order to celebrate the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of those who have inspired and/or brought recognition to the Town through sport, Kobis Global Multidimensional Projects Limited is set to host the maiden edition of it’s Ajegunle Football and Sports Golden Award to honour their heroes past and present.
The expected glittering awards ceremony is billed to hold on December 4, 2021, at the prestigious Abayomi Hall at the Orege area of Ajegunle with a total of twenty two awards to be given out.
Awards organizer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kobis Global, Prince Ogaga Wowo said the awards is a necessity and long overdue.
“The Ajegunle Football and Sports Golden Award is conceived out of a long overdue imperative to properly recognize and immortalize the heroics and immense contributions of our indigenous sports personalities, who have distinguished themselves and variously contributed towards sports development and the “AJ Brand” both locally and internationally.”
“This award is also in celebration of our very rich football and sports heritage in reviving the traditional AJ creed of excellence, education, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, community, service, peaceful coexistence, and unity through sports – with the aim of stimulating and attracting vital investments from within and outside into the Agegunle sporting economy.”
On the consistency of the awards as the years go by, Prince Ogaga Wowo who is also the proprietor of Kobis global football Club said it is not going to be a one off.
“This Award is going to be a Bi-annual event so that we can have enough time to gather enough information and proof of contributions, influence and positive impact nominated awardees have achieved.”
As seen in almost all awards nights across the globe, the Ajegunle Football and Sports Golden Awards will feature musical entertainments as well.
“Special performances from A-list artists in Ajegunle like Oritse Femi and the likes will be on stage to perform and adore the celebrated sports Veterans.”
“The award is going to be an all black tie event. Its going to be filled with class and glamour and executives from Lagos State Football Association and Nigeria Football Federation will grace the awards night.” The Delta State born added.
“This awards shall progressively capture all eras and facets of Ajegunle sports, including the athletes, coaches, sports media, administrators, club proprietors, mentors, and public / private sector investors; with awardees selected strictly on merit by a board of distinguished independent selectors.” Prince Ogaga Wowo who also sponsors the annual Kobis Global football talent hunt football tournament concluded.
One of the legends out of Ajegunle, former Nigeria International and one who won a case against Italian FA on foreign players playing in Serie C League in 2000 known as ‘Ekong’s Rule’, Prince Ikpe Ekong is happy with the Ajegunle Award.
“I think it is quite commendable and good thinking by the organizers. it’s a good one and it is also about time to celebrate those who played vital role in the development of sports in the Town but in doing so the organizers should do well to be well informed on the past heroes and legends who are due for such awards.”