General news

Ismael, Akuso win maiden Ikogosi-Ekiti 10-km race



Sadjo Ismael on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti won the maiden edition of the Ikogosi-Ekiti 10-kilometre race.

The Cross River–born athlete beat over 2,000 other athletes to the finish line to win the N1 million star prize in an impressive time of 30 minutes 40 seconds.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ismael was trailed by Plateau-born Adamu Mu’azu, who came second with a time of 31 mins 22 secs.

Oyebode Samuel from Osun came third at 31mins 48 secs.

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who was the event’s Special Guest of Honour, later presented the winners with their prizes and congratulated all the participants over their performances.

Fayemi assured that his administration would not only invest in the education and human capital development of the youth.

“We will continue to partner with relevant private sector players in providing the youths the platforms to showcase their God-given talents,’’ he said.

Ismael received a cash prize of N1 million, while the first runner-up got a prize of N500,000 and the second runner-up got N300,000.

NAN reports that the race was flagged off at 9:25 a.m by the Ekiti Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, at Aramoko-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti-West Local Government Area (LGA), ending at Ikogosi-Ekiti.

There were also winners in the competition’s other categories, with the female elite category being won by Rose Akuso of Plateau State who came first after 36 mins 51 seconds.

Abiye David of Ondo State came second in 36 mins 59 seconds, while Oman Sale also of Plateau came third.

They also won N1 million, N500,000 and N300,000 respectively in cash prizes.

In the female indigene athlete category, Hannah Adewole from Ikere-Ekiti came first by reaching the finish line after 38 mins 49 seconds to win N1 million.

She was followed by Favour Sehinde (43mins 32 seconds) and Fakoyemi Folorunso (44 mins 38 seconds) for the second and third positions respectively.

Others winners in the indigene category were Abolaji Iyanu, who came fourth in 45 mins 74 seconds, and Jumoke Oduluyi who came fifth in 46 minutes 42 seconds.

The rest were Olajumoke Ekundayo (47 minutes 42 seconds), Serah Anyigor (49 minutes 11 seconds), Mary John (49 minutes 36 seconds) and Ajeyomi Bukola (49 minutes 49 seconds).

In the male indigene athlete category, Adewale Shedowo came first after 34 minutes 51 seconds, while Azeez Lawal came second after 35 minutes 16 seconds.

Tunde Arowolo came third with a time of 36 minutes 17 seconds.

NAN reports that 14-year-old Dolapo Morakinyo from Okemesi-Ekiti was apparently the event’s youngest participant, and was the cynosure of all eyes as she got to the finish line

The Ikogosi race was organised by the Ikogosi Marathon Initiative, in partnership with the Ekiti State Government.

More than 5,000 participants had registered for the race online, while about 2,500 of them collected materials which qualified them to take part in the race on Saturday.

(Edited by: Olawale Alabi)


CAN urges government to overhaul country’s security system At least 11 injured, 17 houses demolished by heavy rain in Tanzania Super Eagles Friendlies: Officials, Ahmed Musa to depart for Austria on Saturday [email protected]: Bristol Hotel donates items to correctional centre, children’s home in Kano Food security: Kebbi farmers get training on combining rice with fish farming COVID-19: UN Chief urges more funding for IMF to help poor countries Perm Sec urges Nigerians to engage services of technicians to grow economy  DG urges Nigerians to key into zero tolerance policy to eradicate corruption  Zimbabwe to charge travelers tested for COVID-19 at ports of entry Group backs ongoing reconciliation in Oyo APC Independence Parade: FG orders blockage of all routes leading to Eagle Square  PDP identifies with ex-Gov Muazu over fire incident Britain hits 7,000 daily coronavirus infections amid lockdown debate Kajuru: Victims call for forginess to end cycles of crisis NSCDC officer, 2 others burnt as 2 motorcycles collide in Badagry COVID-19: Why we insist on post-departure tests – NCDC Robbery Attack: NAN Mgt commends Police, Anambra gov’t over proactive response Ex-commissioner, Abdul-Lateef, declares for Lagos governorship in 2023 CIOTA gets new exco, ratifies council Expert says engineers are critical to open defecation free Nigeria Enugu assembly passes bill to re-enact Local Government Law [email protected]: FG announces enhanced security measures for Eagle Square COVID-19: Okowa says Itakpe-Warri rail will rejuvenate rural economy FG warns against surge in COVID-19 infections as schools, businesses resume Edo correspondents pledge to support Gov. Obaseki Minister did not divert N2.67bn school feeding fund -ICPC Delta Govt urges newly recruited teachers, education officers to add value to children Buratai inaugurates military police headquarters in Abuja PTF urges Nigerians to brace up for COVID-19 testing Lawmaker assures constituents of even development, quality representation. Buhari backs calls for reallocation of  IMF reserve to support developing countries Zimbabwe to charge travelers tested for COVID-19 at ports Group drums support for Akeredolu’s re-election NAFDAC vows to prosecute impersonators, says agency no longer uses consultants Oyo Govt urges residents to go for COVID-19 test Counsel seeks protection of LASU student- witness in rape case Buhari felicitates with Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, Mike Omeru, at 70 We are not rubber stamp legislature — Reps Spokesperson  Nigerian Correctional Service begins Yellow Ribbon Project campaign in Edo A’Ibom Assembly raises concern over invasion of market by criminals  Foundation inaugurates digital platform to track press freedom violations in Africa Group lauds ISPHCDA’s giant stride in healthcare delivery in Imo Deputy VC seeks collaboration among medical practitioners to solve emerging health challenges Reps urge FG to release take-off grants for universities NEPZA urges zone operator, enterprise, to stop attacks on each other PDP NWC ratifies removal of Adagunodo as Osun Chairman UN urges action to address economic devastation caused by COVID-19 Zoho stresses the need for long-term business approach Kaura LG Chairman: Abductors yet to contact family – Council spokesman Senate to receive 2021 budget estimates next week — Lawan