History was made in Nnewi on the 30th of November 2019, when the first ever Sports Colloquium in Nigeria, the Thanos’ Sports Colloquium, took place at the Martina Plaza, Nnewi.
This year’s edition tagged ‘A Model For Sports Development in Nigeria’ featured heavyweights in the Sports industry like Sen Dr Ifeanyi Ubah (biggest Sports investor in Nigeria and President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah) as the Chairman of the occasion, Hon Barr Solomon Dalung (the former Minister of Youth and Sports Development) as the keynote speaker, Her Excellency, Amb Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu (former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Spain) as Special Guest Speaker and Coach Maureen Mmadu (FIFA Hall of Fame Holder, Nigeria Woman Hall of Fame Holder, Ex Nigeria international, Former Super Falcons Coach and Player). Also at the event were members of the Anambra State Football Association (ANSFA), the Iyom Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu Media (IBOM), Mr Onyebuchi Nwabufo (a banker), Sir Dr John Ugochukwu (a renowned Medical Doctor), Lady Dr Ego Ugochukwu (former Director, Pharmaceutical Services of Anambra State), Coach Fanny Amun (Former Golden Eaglets Manager and Sports Consultant) as Special Guests
The Chairman of the Colloquium, Senator Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah presented a paper on the ‘Role of Government Policies in Sports Development’ as his Opening Remark
Sen Dr Ifeanyi Ubah said that Government political will could change the narrative in sports if sports policies are geared towards achieving a rightful direction. He insisted that the Legislature is focused on making laws that will make sports self funding instead of total reliance on the Federal and State Governments. Ebubechukwu Uzo as he is fondly called, also stressed that fund leakages through acclaimed stake holders will further discourage investors if public officials are not held accountable
Highlights of the night was the cutting of the event cake and award presentation
The awards and awardees at the Thanos’ Sports Colloquium are viz:
Senator Dr Ifeanyi Ubah was conferred the title of IDE EGWUREGWU
Her Excellency, Amb Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu was conferred the title UGO EJI EJE MBA EGWUREGWU
Hon Barr Solomon Dalung was conferred the title of DIKE EGWUREGWU
Coach Maureen Mmadu was conferred the title of IJELE ANAMBRA
Sir Dr John Ugochukwu was conferred the title EZIAFAKAEGO
Thanos’ Sports Colloquium is a yearly Sports event which holds to discuss, analyse and handle every issue bedevilling the state of Sports in Nigeria, as well as celebrating those who have contributed positively towards the development of Sports
Thanos’ Sports Colloquium is founded by an Nnewi born and based Sports and Media Consultant, Ugochukwu ‘Thanos’ Ifeanyi who is the first African to make a live appearance on Fanzone in London (an English Premier League Sports magazine owned by IMG studios with is broadcast globally), a legendary Sports Presenter/Analyst, a media aide to H.E. Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu and the former Senior Special Assistant on Sports to Sen Dr Ifeanyi Ubah
Ugochukwu ‘Thanos’ Ifeanyi advises all Nigerians to implement the suggestions proffered at the Colloquium in order to improve and develop Sports in Nigeria. He also expressed his gratitude at the resource persons and promised that the next installment of the Colloquium will be bigger and better.
This year’s event was sponsored by Capital Oil and Gas, Authority FM, IBOM, Pixer Visuals, TaiHoz Media and Innoson Manufacturing Nigeria Limited