Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Abdullahi to Bag African Award 2013

Impressed by his role in the continued rise in the fortunes of the Nigerian sports sector, Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi is to be awarded the prestigious African Sports Minister of the year 2013.

The Award which is organized by African Achievers Award is geared towards recognizing excellent individuals that have distinguished themselves in their contribution to the growth and development of Africa.

According to the organizers, the focus is also to motivate all African leaders including prospective ones and youths through recognizing persons and organizations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa.

In a letter of nomination to the Minister and made available to Daily Trust yesterday, the organizers noted that the National Sports Commission has witnessed unprecedented development and structural renaissance since Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi assumed office as Minister.

According to them, the NSC is presently a cynosure of all eyes in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.

Other prominent Africans who have received the award include, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda (President Malawi), Hon. Thokhozani Khupe, (Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe), Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, (Governor of Lagos State).

The award ceremony will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, February 23.

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