Vanguard (Lagos)

27 February 2013

Nigeria: Why We Embarked On AFCON Trophy Tour - Stanbic Ibtc

The children of the Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, had every reason to aspire to achieve the immense possibilities derivable from unleashing their human potential after witnessing live, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy won by Nigeria in South Africa recently..

At a visit to the Centre, during which the children had a rare opportunity to see the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Stanbic IBTC said the decision to embark on a Trophy Tour, showcases its resolve to provide everyone with the chance to participate meaningfully in the world around them.

Also present at the centre was Mr. Amr Shaheen, Marketing and TV Director, Confederation of African Football.Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mrs. Sola David-Borha, stated that Standard Bank's sponsorship of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the continental showpiece tournament is in recognition of the link between aspiration and achievement, hence the Group's commitment to the long-term development of the continent and its people.

She urged the children to strive to fulfill their potential regardless of the challenges that they face."Our visit to this centre of learning is essentially meant to make us all realize the height you can attain in life if only you try. The success of the Nigerian national football team in South Africa clearly reveals what is possible with single-minded determination, hardwork and self-belief. "We are a caring institution and believe strongly in adding value to the communities in which we operate," she said.

David-Borha said it is the recognition of such potential in the children and Nigeria as a whole that is driving the growing presence of the organization across the country, and the continuing investment of Standard Bank in Nigeria.

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