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Ibarapa Agog As  Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi Organizes First Ibarapa Sports Festival In Honor Of Late Dad

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A famous son of Ibarapaland, Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi through his foundation, Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi Foundation (DAFF), has organized first of its kind Sports Festival in Ibarapa, in honour of his late father, Chief Noah Fagbemi, who died two years ago.

 

Dominic Akinjide in rememberance of his late father had earlier visited Olugbon Medical Center in Igboora, where he donated cash for treatment of some patients at the hospital.

 

Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi Foundation (DAFF) is a non-governmental and non-political organization aimed at projecting Ibarapa region to the world by identifying talents and making people of the region achieve their full potential through series of initiatives ranging from sports, education, scholarships, seminars etc.

The sports festival started in Igboora on February 26, 2022 and ended Sunday, March 6, 2022, it featured football matches and athletics, followed by Ayo Olopon and Draft. No fewer than 16 football teams from Oyo State, Ogun, Lagos and Edo participated in the held sports competitions.

Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Seun Fakorede was part of
dignitaries that graced the final football match which took place at Igboora High School playground, watched by large of spectators.

 

Fakorede said the present administration in Oyo State led by Engr. Seyi Makinde is committed to identifying talents among the youth and that Ibarapa sports festival could serve as a terrace to achieve that, so in a bid to constitute Oyo State female football team, 5 best performing football players at the Ibarapa Sports Festival will be part of the state team.

Under football category, the third place match for females took place early hours of Sunday where Pheonix Queens from Lagos State, beat their counterparts, Fortress Ladies from Edo 2 goals to nil.

For the final of the football match Young Talent 99 FA defeated SGH Amazon 4 goals to nil to lift the trophy.

Under football category, Young Talent 99 FA won the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250,000), SGH Amazon being the first runner-up, received the cash prize of two hundred thousand naira (200,000), Pheonix Queens (second runner-up) was given the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira (N150,000), while Fortress Ladies (third runner-up) went home with the sum of sixty thousand naira (N60,000).

For athletics (100- meter girls).

First position: Habeeb Bidemi from emerged first
Cash Prize: N35,000

Second position: Kanyinsola O.
Cash Prize: (N25,000)

Third position: Shogunle Taiwo
Cash prize: (N15,000)

Fourth position: Ayokunmi from Ayete
Cash prize: (N10,000)

For 200-meter girls:

First position: Habeeb Bidemi from Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government. (She emerged first twice in this competition).
Cash prize: (N35,000)

Second position: Ola Olaronke from Lagos State
Cash prize: (N25,000)

Third position: Shogunle Taiwo from Igboora, Ibarapa Central Local Government Area.
Cash prize: (N15,000)

Fourth position: Folashade A. From Igboora.
Cash prize: (N10,000)

100-meter for boys:

First position: Akala Khameel from Igboora
Cash prize: (N35,000)

Second position: Adesola Yusuf from Ogun State
Cash prize: (N25,000)

Third position: Afolabi Ayomide from Igboora
Cash price: (N15,000)

Fourth position: Ayokunmi from Ayete
Cash prize: (N10,000)

For 200-meter boys:

First position: Afolabi Ayomide from Igboora.
Cash prize: (N35,000)

Second position: Adesola Yusuf from Ogun State.
Cash prize: (N25,000)

Third position: Akala Khameel from Igboora
Cash price: (N15,000)

Fourth position: Makanjuola Lateef from Ayete
Cash price: (N10,000)

For Draught:

Adesina Samod from Ayete, Sodiq A. From Ayete and Ousu Koku from Tapa emerged first, second, third and were given the sum of N35,000, N25,000 and N15,000 respectively.

For Ayo Olopon

Adebayo Afeez from Ayete, Seyi Adewuyi Toriola from Igboora, Sodiq A. From Tapa and Muda Lawal from Igboora came first, second, third and fourth. They received the sum of N35,000, N25,000, N15,000 and N10,000 respectively.

The most promising talent award of the competition went to both Shogunle Taiwo and Shogunle Kehinde from Igboora High School, Igboora.

Most upcoming team of the competition was also won by Igboora High School Ladies football club.

At the end of the final female football match on Sunday, the 5 female players were selected as promised by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Seun Fakorede.

They were: Orji Beatrice (Igboora), Afolashade Adebayo (Igboora), Ola olaronke (Sango Ota), Jumai A (Igando). Franca Azonto (Lagos). They are expected to join the about to be constituted Oyo State football team

 

However, community developers, opinion leaders and social media commentators in the region have continued to extend their appreciation to the founder of Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi Foundation, Dominic Akinjide for the initiative they described first of its kind in Ibarapa land.

According to Mr. Akinyemi Akintayo who is a lecturer and advocate of good governance, “Ibarapa Sports Festival is an enviable innovation and blessing to us in Ibarapa. I have to suspend my engagements for the day to witness the unique sports festival.”

“Jide Dominic Fagbemi has been able to convincingly challenged our political office holders and bigwigs in Ibarapa that charity begins at home and no amount invested in humanitarian services is a waste.”

“Congratulations to us in Ibarapa for giving us Jide, God will continue to guide his missions and bless him. Personally, I am so proud of him,” he said.

Akintayo also suggested that subsequent outings should be among indegenous female football teams in Ibarapa. This, according to him, will further explore many talents in Ibarapa land.

He, however, called on all well-to-do individuals, including political office holders in the region to emulate Dominic’s selfless way of life.

Lead consultant, Folawale Services Consult and 2023 Ibarapa Central/North House of Assembly Hopeful, Hon. Tokunbo Adewale Toriola, has also lauded Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi on the first Ibarapa Sports Festival he tagged unprecedented and novel.

Answering questions from the news men on Monday, Tokunbo said “the festival has really established the fact that we are family and we need each other and it shows that we have responsibility to one another for peace and happiness of others.”

“Kudos to Akinjide and DAFF team for a well coordinated programme. We definitely need more of this to keep our bond of togetherness,” he said.

Mr. Owolabi Samod Kehinde who is the Coordinator of the all-important sports festival, on Monday, expressed gratitude to those who made it to Igboora High School venue of the sports competition.

According to him, “our aim is to promote and educate our girls in Ibarapa land and Oyo State at large through sports.

“We really appreciate our local government Chairman, Hon. Adedoyin Adeoye, Hon. Tokunbo Adewale Toriola (Toks), for his unflinching support all the time and many other individuals from near and far.

Kehinde, however, reiterated that his principal, Dominic Akinjide Fagbemi “is committed to creating a platform where Ibarapa Indigenes, in respective of their gender, can mingle with sports professionals from other states of the federation thereby putting Ibarapa region on the map.”

 

The event had in attendance, the representatives of the state government, Special Adviser on Sports, Hon. Kazeem Bolarinwa, Hon. Seun Fakorede, Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, traditional rulers, Hon. Adedoyin Adeoye, Ibarapa Central Local Government Chairman, Hon. Tokunbo Adewale Toriola, Lead consultant, Folawale Services Consult and 2023 Ibarapa Central/North House of Assembly Hopeful, Mr. Akinyemi Akintayo, Councillors from different wards in the region and a host of others.



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