The second edition of the Nigerian Sports Awards took place at the Muson Center yesterday..it was well….er…an improvement of the first edition. Well I will start with the presenters…Charles Anazodo was confident and quite knowledgeable, which made him more or less dwarfg his delectable co presenter (sorry…cant get her name now). However his jokes were dry and flat…he should work on that if he intends getting more MC jobs. The organization was much smoother…however the video editor was hardly on cue with the nominees and I guess they could have gotten better footage of clips. It was a good sign that most of the winners were present. The Red Carpet event was smooth and the cocktail was delicious. Kudus to the organizers however the absentees were very notable….I understand not able to get Victor Moses and Mikel Obi (and getting video footage of them acknowledging the nomination was cool) however there is no excuse why Stephen Keshi was absent. Also I think Blessing should have been there or at least they should have gotten a video of her via skype or any modern day social media platform.
Overall attendance was good..the Governor of Delta state was present, the NFF President, the LMC chairman, Segun Odegbami, Nduka Ugbade, Jay Jay Okocha, Myself (of course), Mrs Gloria Obajimi and a lot of other Sports personalities. We had some Nollywood personalities too and performances by Sound sultan and Mr. Praise added more jive to the show.
On the awards itself I will post the winners soon and will also comment on some questionable nominees and winners however it was great to see the Sydney Olympic 2000 Gold medal winning Team recognized and the highlight…in my opinion was to see the young sprinter, 17 year old sprinter Divine Oduduru picked his award for discovery of the year with tears and humility…it was so touching …this was not a cash gift…it goes to show how much athletes crave to be recognized and rubbishes our minister’s new stance of not recognizing winners.
More gist soon…..