The annual Sports Writer Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos chapter kicked off their LAGOS SWAN WEEK on independence day with football competition at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium Lagos.
The Lagos SWAN as part of their activities for the long week decided to honour Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi for his great support to the game of Football in Lagos and also the support to the association.
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who was re-elected to office as the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation at the just concluded Katsina Congress.
Chairman Lagos State Football Federation Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi today Thursday was honoured by the Lagos Swan who are having their long Lagos Swan Week.
Speaking at the epoch-making event held at the Lagos SWAN Secretariat, SWAN boss, Mr Debo Oshundun said the ceremony was aimed to honour and also to encourage Barrister Akinwunmi to sustain his efforts at changing the face of football in Nigeria.
He said: “Barrister is a man of many parts. He is a lover of children and has done so much to help Nigerian kids to realize their dreams. Though he has not looked in this regard we thought it wise to honour one of our own in order for him to do more. “Barrister has been a good ambassador of the state and it important to give honour to whom it is due. So, however on behalf of the most vibrant chapter of sports writing, the Lagos SWAN, we want to appreciate you for all your good deeds for Nigerian football,” He also officially launch the long-awaited Website (www.lagosswanmedia.com).
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi thanked the Lagos SWAN executives led by Debo Oshundun and the entire members of the association for the honour. He said aiding Nigerian children was not aimed at getting commendations but to give the kids a future. “I was really shocked when the Lagos SWAN chairman informed me about this award. At first, I never thought it was going to be this big until Oshundun told me yesterday (Wednesday) to invite some of my friends. “For me, this award is a reward for more work as there are still lots of kids out there waiting for someone to help them realize their dreams. And I want to admonish us here to also pick a child and groom them to glory,”
Akinwunmi who doubles as the Chairman Lagos State Football Federation pleaded. The legal luminary wiped his face filled with tears of joy after a resounding applause followed his recitation read by frontline sports journalist, Pius Ayinor. Barrister Akinwunmi was presented with a plague and a giant photo frame.
At the event are great Legends, top dignitaries and senior colleagues that graced the ceremony; the Executive Chairman, Lagos Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, President, AIPS Africa, Mr Mitchell Obi, former Queen of the track, Mary Onyali Omagbemi, former National SWAN secretary general, Mr Wale Alabi and his deputy, Wale Joseph, former Lagos SWAN chairman, Mr Fred Edoreh, board members of the Lagos State Football Association, the Managing Editor, Gongnews, Mr Olajide Fashikun and a host others.in the field of Sporting journalism and stakeholders in the world of Sport in Nigeria.
The Lagos SWAN Week which started with a 5 Aside competition on Monday, Health screening exercise for all Sporting Journalist on Wednesday, Honourary ceremony on Thursday and a friendly match between the Lagos Swan Team and FUBS Team to be played on Friday 5th of October 2018 to the end of the long week.
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