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Atlanta ’96 book celebrates Nigeria’s biggest sporting triumph

September 16, 2016

An e-book titled “Nigeria’s Olympics: Sports and National Development” has been launched to celebrate Nigeria’s biggest sporting triumph at the Olympic Games 20 years after.

Co-edited by Lolade Adewuyi of football website Goal.com Nigeria and Tosin Adebisi of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, the free book is a collection of 10 essays from a writing competition organised to celebrate the victory of the Dream Team at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics.

The book was released at an awards ceremony to fete the winner and finalists of #WritingGamesNG on Thursday September.

The essay competition, open to final year students in Nigerian higher institutions and National Youth Service Corps personnel, was won by Oladele Oluwasogo Dare, a National Youth Service Corps pmember based in Anambra State.

The joint runners-up were Ekene Ezike, NYSC Osun State and Alfred Olajide, NYSC Taraba State. The third place was taken by Olumodeji Gabriel Shola, NYSC Anambra State.

The other finalists were Mmerenu Harrison (NYSC Kwara), Okanga Okanga (NYSC Lagos), Orji Sunday Sylvester (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), Adewale Abiodun Sodiq (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba), Temitope Bakinde (NYSC Lagos) and Ikpebe Akpa Simon (Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti).

“Words presently have failed me in expressing my heartfelt gratitude to everyone. You have successfully turned a near frustrating service year into a life changing story,” said Oladele, who went on an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2016 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.


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