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  •  Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday Joshua was defeated by Ukraine s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA WBO IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah While Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City U S A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters Silas Agara the President Karate Federation of Nigeria KFN said that in combat sport just as in other sports there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete Just like the popular saying goes What doesn t kill you makes you stronger Indeed the true test of one s resilience is usually at these kind of down to earth moments and they are very necessary for one s growth It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport which is never in doubt They are great champions and will continue to write their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland he said Gbenga Elegbeleye former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights Kudos to Joshua and Usman What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily Even if you fall sometimes you have to get up and try again That is the true worth of a champion You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions Having said that I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges he said Godwin Bamigboye former Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries It wouldn t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers This shows that they only associate with success but never the process Once you attain the glory they show up for you he said NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback We ll bounce back and come with vengeance he tweeted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   
     Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday Joshua was defeated by Ukraine s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA WBO IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah While Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City U S A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters Silas Agara the President Karate Federation of Nigeria KFN said that in combat sport just as in other sports there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete Just like the popular saying goes What doesn t kill you makes you stronger Indeed the true test of one s resilience is usually at these kind of down to earth moments and they are very necessary for one s growth It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport which is never in doubt They are great champions and will continue to write their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland he said Gbenga Elegbeleye former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights Kudos to Joshua and Usman What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily Even if you fall sometimes you have to get up and try again That is the true worth of a champion You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions Having said that I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges he said Godwin Bamigboye former Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries It wouldn t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers This shows that they only associate with success but never the process Once you attain the glory they show up for you he said NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback We ll bounce back and come with vengeance he tweeted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   
    General news2 months ago

    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   

    Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria’s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday.  

    Joshua was defeated by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah.  

    While Briton, Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth-round head-kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.  

    A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday, said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters.  

    Silas Agara, the President, Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) said that in combat sport just as in other sports, there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete.  

    “Just like the popular saying goes, ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

    ’   “Indeed the true test of one’s resilience is usually at these kind of ‘down to earth’ moments and they are very necessary for one’s growth.  

    “It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again, especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time.  

    “But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport, which is never in doubt.  

    “They are great champions and will continue to write  their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland,” he said.  

    Gbenga Elegbeleye, former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats, adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights.  

    “Kudos to Joshua and Usman.

    What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world.  

    “Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily.

    Even if you fall sometimes, you have to get up and try again.  

    “That is the true worth of a champion.

    You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat.  

    “Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions.  

    “Having said that, I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty.  

    “His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges,” he said.  

    Godwin Bamigboye, former Chairman, Nigeria Coaches Association, FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements.    

    He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times.  

    He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman.  

    “These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud, but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries.  

    “It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers.  

    “This shows that they only associate with ‘success’ but never the ‘process’.

    Once you attain the glory they show up for you,” he said.  

    NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback.  

    “We’ll bounce back and come with vengeance,” he tweeted.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nigeria s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain s Leon Edwards The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt Commenting via his twitter handle usman84kg the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory Champs f ck up sometimes but we bounce back and come with vengeance Damn I love this sport Things happen but Alhamdulillah we move Congratulations Leon_edwardsmma Usman tweeted Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30 year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards
     Nigeria s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain s Leon Edwards The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt Commenting via his twitter handle usman84kg the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory Champs f ck up sometimes but we bounce back and come with vengeance Damn I love this sport Things happen but Alhamdulillah we move Congratulations Leon_edwardsmma Usman tweeted Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30 year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards
    General news2 months ago

    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards

    Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain’s Leon Edwards.

    The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.

    on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history.

    The 30-year old Jamaican-born British fighter, looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges’ scorecards.

    But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left-foot kick to the head that sparked the 35-year old Nigerian, to claim the belt.

    Commenting via his twitter handle @usman84kg, the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory.

    “Champs f$ck up sometimes… but we bounce back and come with vengeance!

    !

    “Damn I love this sport!

    !

    !

    Things happen but… Alhamdulillah we move!

    !

    Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma,” Usman tweeted.

    Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30-year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt They all doubted me they all said I couldn t do it look at me now Edwards roared in his post fight interview in the cage Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping who won the middleweight tile in 2016 On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout Usman struggled in the first round Edwards whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015 shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman who was making his sixth title defence survived He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on The 35 year old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012 He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight I m from the trenches I m built like this I battle until the battle is done I ve been down my whole life and look at me now an elated Edwards said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title
     Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt They all doubted me they all said I couldn t do it look at me now Edwards roared in his post fight interview in the cage Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping who won the middleweight tile in 2016 On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout Usman struggled in the first round Edwards whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015 shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman who was making his sixth title defence survived He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on The 35 year old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012 He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight I m from the trenches I m built like this I battle until the battle is done I ve been down my whole life and look at me now an elated Edwards said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title
    General news2 months ago

    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title

    Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth-round head-kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278. The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.

    on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history.

    The 30-year-old Jamaican-born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges’ scorecards.

    But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left-foot kick to the head that sparked the 35-year-old Nigerian to claim the belt.

    “They all doubted me, they all said I couldn’t do it – look at me now!

    ” Edwards roared in his post-fight interview in the cage.

    Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title, following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping, who won the middleweight tile in 2016. On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout, Usman struggled in the first round.

    Edwards, whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015, shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career.

    Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman, who was making his sixth title defence, survived.

    He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on.

    The 35-year-old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012. He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will.

    He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight.

    “I’m from the trenches, I’m built like this, I battle until the battle is done.

    I’ve been down my whole life, and look at me now!

    ” an elated Edwards said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
     Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
    General news3 months ago

    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

    Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 276.

    The judges scored the bout 49-46 49-46 and 50-45.

    In a clinical, albeit unspectacular performance, Adesanya’s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, U.S.

    Cannonier landed nothing of real significance, with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs.

    The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action, especially in the fourth round, which was marked by boos and fans raising lit-up smartphones.

    But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya, a former champion kickboxer, into anything resembling a firefight.

    Adesanya, meanwhile, was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them.

    Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163-141 for the fight, including a 116-90 edge in significant strikes.

    Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round.

    But that’s it as Judge Sal D’Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds.

    “They had an excellent game plan,” Adesanya said, giving credit to Cannonier’s coach, John Crouch. “It was really hard to get my follow-ups going.”

    Coming in, Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC’s pound-for-pound list.

    At middleweight, Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three.

    Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira, who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday’s undercard.

    Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya, including one by knockout.

    “The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand,” Adesanya said, directing his comments to Pereira. “That was in kickboxing.

    “Next time I punch you, you’ll be on skates, and you’re gonna be frozen like Elsa. I’ll leave it at that.”

    In his post-fight news conference, Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance, saying it was disappointing for the fans.

    “I hope when we fight, he does a better fight than that,” Pereira said.

    Adesanya admitted he had an “off night,” realising that fact during the actual bout.

    “Maybe when I couldn’t find my power shots,” he said. “My kicks, the initiators, my jabs, my leg kicks were working. But I couldn’t find my power.”

    Adesanya (23-1) is undefeated at 185 pounds, posting a 12-0 record in the UFC in that weight class.

    The Nigerian-born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February.

    Adesanya, 32, has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019.

    Adesanya’s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight, for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021.

    “The Last Stylebender” has won three straight since that defeat.

    Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class.

    He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Cannonier (15-6) had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in.

    The Arizona resident was coming off a second-round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271.

    Cannonier, 38, has finished fights in three weight divisions: heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

    His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare congratulated Nigerian born UFC champion Isreal Adesanya on another successful title defense Adesanya early Sunday morning in Las Vegas United States of America defeated Jared Cannonier to retain his UFC middleweight crown with a unanimous decision win Dare in a statement praised Adesanya for being a worthy youth ambassador for the country The Minister said that Nigeria is proud of the achievements of Israel Adesanya and another UFC champion Kamaru Usman who continue to identify with the country every time they compete We are proud of Adesanya and Usman and we will continue to celebrate them because they always identify with Nigeria they always proudly carry our flag wherever they go They are our global icons We believe that they have many more successes ahead of them concluded Dare
    UFC: Sunday Dare Congratulates Israel Adesanya on Another Successful Title Defence
      Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare congratulated Nigerian born UFC champion Isreal Adesanya on another successful title defense Adesanya early Sunday morning in Las Vegas United States of America defeated Jared Cannonier to retain his UFC middleweight crown with a unanimous decision win Dare in a statement praised Adesanya for being a worthy youth ambassador for the country The Minister said that Nigeria is proud of the achievements of Israel Adesanya and another UFC champion Kamaru Usman who continue to identify with the country every time they compete We are proud of Adesanya and Usman and we will continue to celebrate them because they always identify with Nigeria they always proudly carry our flag wherever they go They are our global icons We believe that they have many more successes ahead of them concluded Dare
    UFC: Sunday Dare Congratulates Israel Adesanya on Another Successful Title Defence
    Africa3 months ago

    UFC: Sunday Dare Congratulates Israel Adesanya on Another Successful Title Defence

    Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare congratulated Nigerian-born UFC champion Isreal Adesanya on another successful title defense.

    Adesanya, early Sunday morning in Las Vegas, United States of America, defeated Jared Cannonier to retain his UFC middleweight crown with a unanimous decision win.

    Dare, in a statement, praised Adesanya for being a worthy youth ambassador for the country.

    The Minister said that Nigeria is proud of the achievements of Israel Adesanya and another UFC champion, Kamaru Usman, who continue to identify with the country every time they compete.

    “We are proud of Adesanya and Usman and we will continue to celebrate them because they always identify with Nigeria, they always proudly carry our flag wherever they go. They are our global icons. We believe that they have many more successes ahead of them”, concluded Dare.

  •   The Chairman CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM Abike Dabiri Erewa has applauded Nigeria s Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a unanimous decision Mrs Dabiri Erewa gave the congratolatory message in a statement signed by Abdur Rahman Balogun Head of Media and Public Relations of the commission on Sunday in Abuja The NIDCOM chief commended the Nigerian spirit and zeal in Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the UFC welterweight title owner defeated Colby Covington by unanimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With the win Usman improved to 20 1 0 and has won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Mrs Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in her office in Abuja some months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and keep the Nigerian flag flying She advised him to remain focussed and continue to be a mentor to others coming behind We are indeed proud of you Please do not be distracted as your glory is a collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said NAN
    Dabiri-Erewa hails Usman for retaining UFC title
      The Chairman CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM Abike Dabiri Erewa has applauded Nigeria s Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a unanimous decision Mrs Dabiri Erewa gave the congratolatory message in a statement signed by Abdur Rahman Balogun Head of Media and Public Relations of the commission on Sunday in Abuja The NIDCOM chief commended the Nigerian spirit and zeal in Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the UFC welterweight title owner defeated Colby Covington by unanimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With the win Usman improved to 20 1 0 and has won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Mrs Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in her office in Abuja some months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and keep the Nigerian flag flying She advised him to remain focussed and continue to be a mentor to others coming behind We are indeed proud of you Please do not be distracted as your glory is a collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said NAN
    Dabiri-Erewa hails Usman for retaining UFC title
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    Dabiri-Erewa hails Usman for retaining UFC title

    The Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa,

    has applauded Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman, for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, welterweight title in a unanimous decision.

    Mrs Dabiri-Erewa gave the congratolatory message in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations of the commission on Sunday in Abuja.

    The NIDCOM chief commended the Nigerian spirit and zeal in Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title.

    According to the statement, the UFC welterweight title owner defeated Colby Covington by unanimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night.

    “With the win, Usman improved to 20-1-0, and has won 19 fights in a row, including five title defenses.

    Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, who received Usman in her office in Abuja some months ago, urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and keep the Nigerian flag flying.

    She advised him to remain focussed and continue to be a mentor to others coming behind.

    “We are indeed proud of you. Please do not be distracted as your glory is a collective glory for Nigeria and Africa,” she said.

    NAN

  •   Ms Abike Dabiri Erewa President CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission NiDCOM applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a decision unanimous Dabiri Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission s media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With this victory Usman improved to 20 1 0 and won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others We are really proud of you Please don t be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said Source NAN
    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title
      Ms Abike Dabiri Erewa President CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission NiDCOM applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a decision unanimous Dabiri Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission s media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With this victory Usman improved to 20 1 0 and won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others We are really proud of you Please don t be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said Source NAN
    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title
    General news11 months ago

    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title

    Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President / CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman, for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title in a decision unanimous.

    Dabiri-Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission's media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja.

    The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title.

    According to the statement, the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous' decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night.

    “With this victory, Usman improved to 20-1-0 and won 19 fights in a row, including five title defenses.

    Dabiri-Erewa, who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago, urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag.

    She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others.

    “We are really proud of you. Please don't be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa, ”she said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
      By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
    General news1 year ago

    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts (MMA) in Nigeria.

    The Nigerian-American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare.

    “I'm so happy to be back home, we're looking to put something in place, something new, refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited.

    “We want to move this country forward, move it to a better place, we know there is a lot of frustration in the country, so we want to change that.

    “Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place, to physically create centers where young people can participate (in MMA) and possibly change their lives, which in turn will trigger the change to affect people. lives all over the world, ”he said. mentionned.

    The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots, having left Nigeria's shores for the United States when he was just eight years old.

    MMA champion Auchi, 34, born in Edo, said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map.

    Earlier, Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador.

    He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well.

    “Your story is well told, you represent the Nigerian spirit; that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task.

    “For me, I can't say it enough; countries need to build on their strength, not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher, ”Dare said.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Usman was born on May 11, 1987. He is a professional Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk-style wrestler.

    He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion.

    Kamaru, who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights, has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •  By Timi Olubiyi Ph D Africa s youth unemployment problem has been the subject of so many debates in recent years because of its prevalence in Africa The youth unemployment rate simply refers to the percentage of the unemployed in the age group of 18 to 35 years as compared to the total labor force In Nigeria for instance the unemployment rate is often higher than the overall Africa s average due to the country s total population According to reliable data by demographics over 60 of the population of Nigeria are youths However the majority of these youths are without gainful employment many of them are equally vulnerable and out of any significant social welfare system This situation also exists in many African countries such as Namibia Angola South Africa and Mozambique to mention a few With the novel coronavirus COVID 19 outbreak which is running for over a year now has negatively impacted many economics with outlook dampened and this has necessitated the higher unemployment rates in many countries Therefore in addition to the life threatening and health risks of the pandemic the socio economic impact is likewise real most importantly with many workers still likely to face job loss job cuts salary cuts and low income or no income or even redundancy In fact the combined consequences of COVID 19 and youth unemployment is severe and damaging to any nation For instance before now unemployment has been a rising phenomenon in Nigeria as many of the youths are jobless to the extent that the Government itself may not know the rate of youth unemployment precisely Therefore with the negative impact of COVID 19 particularly on economic growth it is inevitable that the unemployment rate as well as the poverty rate will go further up and might even be on a steady path of increase if no meaningful step or measures are taken With the current realities the opportunities for jobs for these teeming youths continues to wane due to the high population inadequate qualifications and depressed economic which are some of the factors that have prevented these young people from finding gainful employment However to avoid the impacts of unemployment coupled with COVID 19 consequences which include a surge in the prevalence rate of crimes and criminality it is recommended that sports participation be encouraged by African Governments and policymakers The participation of young people in economic and social areas will have a great significance for the countries development and improvement Africa needs to see sport as a business and also a way to promote healthy and promising citizens Sports more importantly is one of the easiest avenues for young men to quit the poverty lane and unemployment It s important to note that with sports the teeming youths can become athletes and be gainfully employed Besides there will be more job opportunities and commercialization on the continent for companies investors talent scouts agents coaches referees trainers sports analysts media companies facilities management companies sport wears companies and merchandisers A pleasant sports environment will equally encourage partnerships between businesses and sporting entities such as what is visible with stadia bearing the names of companies and sponsorships deals with company logos appearing on athletes clothing and equipment and so on in the developed countries around the world Studies have shown that sports can provide a reduced risk from alcohol use smoking terrorism criminality and illicit drug use amongst young people versus those who do not indulge in sports That said in the world today it is quite challenging to estimate the exact number of sports or games around the world However a reliable report has shown that there are more than 8000 sports in the world Yet there are roughly 200 sports that have international recognition through a reliable international governing body Nonetheless the Olympics which is the pinnacle of sports has only validated 28 sports as of 2016 To give a general idea of some of the most participated sports using available data from the Olympics we have adventure Sports kayaking canoeing aquatic sports swimming bodyboarding strength and agility sports aerobics gymnastics ball sports baseball basketball football mountain sports climbing cross country cycling and motorized sports formula racing Most of these sporting events are seen as lucrative career options and in most developed countries so much effort and resources are channeled into it From a European perspective sports related employment represents a significant percentage of total employment on the continent The amount of investment and cash that several sports stars earn around the world is mind blowing From football to tennis basketball motorsport and boxing to name a few Excellent examples from Nigeria are Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua Nigerian born British boxer world heavyweight boxing champion who commands more than 30 million for every fight This is apart from several endorsements he enjoys Another athlete is Divine Oduduru the second fastest African athlete earning around N180 million yearly Nigeria s top table tennis player Aruna Quadri has started the year 2020 as the 18th best player in the world and doing well with the sport Likewise John Obi Mikel Odion Jude Ighalo Victor Moses Wilfred Ndidi Victor Osimhen are earners to reckon with in football In the ultimate fighting championship UFC and kickboxing career the following Nigerian born individuals Kamoru Usman Isreal Adesanya Sodiq Yusuff and Kennedy Nzechukwu are active and dominant in the sport According to the National Basketball Association NBA four of the players have Nigerian origin and they are Al Farouq Aminu Giannis Antetokounmpo Chimezie Metu and Josh Okogie Interestingly these sportsmen get additional income from endorsements and sponsorships all over which leads to additional millions of dollars in earnings This situation is not only applicable to Nigerians but other well meaning African nationals The point is that money will always flow to where the attention of the masses are such as sports particularly football basketball and boxing In the same vein according to compiled data by Forbes magazine some of the wealthiest athletes globally are as follows Floyd Mayweather boxing Tiger Woods Golf Lionel Messi football Christiano Ronaldo football Conor McGregor kickboxing Neymar football It is imperative to state categorically that most of these athletes probably never registered any startup businesses to gain prominence but they are undeniably talented in what they do because of consistency and dedication While talents are essential a lot of seriousness concentration and motivation need to go into it to become a great successful athlete Therefore for millions of African youths particularly Nigerian youths energies can be channeled into mastering and pursuing careers in several sports just like we have seen in the entertainment and the music industry Without a doubt it could lead to a strong sports culture and competitiveness in both domestic and foreign markets Admittedly sport is a veritable outlet that can offer a pro active solution to youth unemployment in Africa This is because sport skills can be learned developed and made a professional career and it can provide a considerable positive impact Nonetheless for these to come into fusion policymakers sports associations and the Government need to make decisive and responsive policies to encourage aggressive youth participation in sports and learning programmes This will give the needed encouragement and guidance to sports interest and development in Africa Besides if a more professional approach is adopted in the sports industry the Government too will benefit and generate consistent income It can even provide a new source of national economic growth and reduce sports tourism in developed countries Supportably the various sports association should be designed to run professionally with a competent governing board just like any major global corporation This will ensure adequate structure to guarantee adequate followership which eventually will lead to huge sponsorship great athletes and substantial marketing revenues among others So many stakeholders fans advertisers TV stations investors and collaborators can equally benefit Many of the functions within the sports industry are service based which means it will be a labor intensive industry In conclusion sports can make a positive contribution in helping to increase Africa s labor numbers eventually leading to the creation of sports that can provide a cost effective tool to address political agendas such as unemployment It can also be an avenue to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst the teeming youths Governments can develop sport policies and situate community hubs across cities to bridge the unemployment gap where young people could come and improve their sports skills and become professional athletes Therefore I see a tremendous opportunity for African countries and the citizens if they can adopt these principles and begin to design systems around sport and create well paying jobs for millions of young people to strive Good Luck nbsp How may you obtain advice or further information on the article caption id attachment_847014 align aligncenter width 760 Dr Timi Olubiyi PhD caption Dr Timi Olubiyi an Entrepreneurship amp Business Management expert with a Ph D in Business Administration from Babcock University Nigeria A prolific investment coach seasoned scholar Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities amp Investment CISI and Securities amp Exchange Commission SEC registered capital market operator He can be reached on the Twitter handle drtimiolubiyi and via email drtimiolubiyi gmail com for any questions reactions and comments
    Tackling youth unemployment By Timi Olubiyi
     By Timi Olubiyi Ph D Africa s youth unemployment problem has been the subject of so many debates in recent years because of its prevalence in Africa The youth unemployment rate simply refers to the percentage of the unemployed in the age group of 18 to 35 years as compared to the total labor force In Nigeria for instance the unemployment rate is often higher than the overall Africa s average due to the country s total population According to reliable data by demographics over 60 of the population of Nigeria are youths However the majority of these youths are without gainful employment many of them are equally vulnerable and out of any significant social welfare system This situation also exists in many African countries such as Namibia Angola South Africa and Mozambique to mention a few With the novel coronavirus COVID 19 outbreak which is running for over a year now has negatively impacted many economics with outlook dampened and this has necessitated the higher unemployment rates in many countries Therefore in addition to the life threatening and health risks of the pandemic the socio economic impact is likewise real most importantly with many workers still likely to face job loss job cuts salary cuts and low income or no income or even redundancy In fact the combined consequences of COVID 19 and youth unemployment is severe and damaging to any nation For instance before now unemployment has been a rising phenomenon in Nigeria as many of the youths are jobless to the extent that the Government itself may not know the rate of youth unemployment precisely Therefore with the negative impact of COVID 19 particularly on economic growth it is inevitable that the unemployment rate as well as the poverty rate will go further up and might even be on a steady path of increase if no meaningful step or measures are taken With the current realities the opportunities for jobs for these teeming youths continues to wane due to the high population inadequate qualifications and depressed economic which are some of the factors that have prevented these young people from finding gainful employment However to avoid the impacts of unemployment coupled with COVID 19 consequences which include a surge in the prevalence rate of crimes and criminality it is recommended that sports participation be encouraged by African Governments and policymakers The participation of young people in economic and social areas will have a great significance for the countries development and improvement Africa needs to see sport as a business and also a way to promote healthy and promising citizens Sports more importantly is one of the easiest avenues for young men to quit the poverty lane and unemployment It s important to note that with sports the teeming youths can become athletes and be gainfully employed Besides there will be more job opportunities and commercialization on the continent for companies investors talent scouts agents coaches referees trainers sports analysts media companies facilities management companies sport wears companies and merchandisers A pleasant sports environment will equally encourage partnerships between businesses and sporting entities such as what is visible with stadia bearing the names of companies and sponsorships deals with company logos appearing on athletes clothing and equipment and so on in the developed countries around the world Studies have shown that sports can provide a reduced risk from alcohol use smoking terrorism criminality and illicit drug use amongst young people versus those who do not indulge in sports That said in the world today it is quite challenging to estimate the exact number of sports or games around the world However a reliable report has shown that there are more than 8000 sports in the world Yet there are roughly 200 sports that have international recognition through a reliable international governing body Nonetheless the Olympics which is the pinnacle of sports has only validated 28 sports as of 2016 To give a general idea of some of the most participated sports using available data from the Olympics we have adventure Sports kayaking canoeing aquatic sports swimming bodyboarding strength and agility sports aerobics gymnastics ball sports baseball basketball football mountain sports climbing cross country cycling and motorized sports formula racing Most of these sporting events are seen as lucrative career options and in most developed countries so much effort and resources are channeled into it From a European perspective sports related employment represents a significant percentage of total employment on the continent The amount of investment and cash that several sports stars earn around the world is mind blowing From football to tennis basketball motorsport and boxing to name a few Excellent examples from Nigeria are Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua Nigerian born British boxer world heavyweight boxing champion who commands more than 30 million for every fight This is apart from several endorsements he enjoys Another athlete is Divine Oduduru the second fastest African athlete earning around N180 million yearly Nigeria s top table tennis player Aruna Quadri has started the year 2020 as the 18th best player in the world and doing well with the sport Likewise John Obi Mikel Odion Jude Ighalo Victor Moses Wilfred Ndidi Victor Osimhen are earners to reckon with in football In the ultimate fighting championship UFC and kickboxing career the following Nigerian born individuals Kamoru Usman Isreal Adesanya Sodiq Yusuff and Kennedy Nzechukwu are active and dominant in the sport According to the National Basketball Association NBA four of the players have Nigerian origin and they are Al Farouq Aminu Giannis Antetokounmpo Chimezie Metu and Josh Okogie Interestingly these sportsmen get additional income from endorsements and sponsorships all over which leads to additional millions of dollars in earnings This situation is not only applicable to Nigerians but other well meaning African nationals The point is that money will always flow to where the attention of the masses are such as sports particularly football basketball and boxing In the same vein according to compiled data by Forbes magazine some of the wealthiest athletes globally are as follows Floyd Mayweather boxing Tiger Woods Golf Lionel Messi football Christiano Ronaldo football Conor McGregor kickboxing Neymar football It is imperative to state categorically that most of these athletes probably never registered any startup businesses to gain prominence but they are undeniably talented in what they do because of consistency and dedication While talents are essential a lot of seriousness concentration and motivation need to go into it to become a great successful athlete Therefore for millions of African youths particularly Nigerian youths energies can be channeled into mastering and pursuing careers in several sports just like we have seen in the entertainment and the music industry Without a doubt it could lead to a strong sports culture and competitiveness in both domestic and foreign markets Admittedly sport is a veritable outlet that can offer a pro active solution to youth unemployment in Africa This is because sport skills can be learned developed and made a professional career and it can provide a considerable positive impact Nonetheless for these to come into fusion policymakers sports associations and the Government need to make decisive and responsive policies to encourage aggressive youth participation in sports and learning programmes This will give the needed encouragement and guidance to sports interest and development in Africa Besides if a more professional approach is adopted in the sports industry the Government too will benefit and generate consistent income It can even provide a new source of national economic growth and reduce sports tourism in developed countries Supportably the various sports association should be designed to run professionally with a competent governing board just like any major global corporation This will ensure adequate structure to guarantee adequate followership which eventually will lead to huge sponsorship great athletes and substantial marketing revenues among others So many stakeholders fans advertisers TV stations investors and collaborators can equally benefit Many of the functions within the sports industry are service based which means it will be a labor intensive industry In conclusion sports can make a positive contribution in helping to increase Africa s labor numbers eventually leading to the creation of sports that can provide a cost effective tool to address political agendas such as unemployment It can also be an avenue to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst the teeming youths Governments can develop sport policies and situate community hubs across cities to bridge the unemployment gap where young people could come and improve their sports skills and become professional athletes Therefore I see a tremendous opportunity for African countries and the citizens if they can adopt these principles and begin to design systems around sport and create well paying jobs for millions of young people to strive Good Luck nbsp How may you obtain advice or further information on the article caption id attachment_847014 align aligncenter width 760 Dr Timi Olubiyi PhD caption Dr Timi Olubiyi an Entrepreneurship amp Business Management expert with a Ph D in Business Administration from Babcock University Nigeria A prolific investment coach seasoned scholar Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities amp Investment CISI and Securities amp Exchange Commission SEC registered capital market operator He can be reached on the Twitter handle drtimiolubiyi and via email drtimiolubiyi gmail com for any questions reactions and comments
    Tackling youth unemployment By Timi Olubiyi
    Features1 year ago

    Tackling youth unemployment By Timi Olubiyi

    By Timi Olubiyi, Ph.DAfrica's youth unemployment problem has been the subject of so many debates in recent years because of its prevalence in Africa. The youth unemployment rate simply refers to the percentage of the unemployed in the age group of 18 to 35 years as compared to the total labor force.In Nigeria, for instance, the unemployment rate is often higher than the overall Africa's average due to the country's total population. According to reliable data, by demographics, over 60% of the population of Nigeria are youths. However, the majority of these youths are without gainful employment, many of them are equally vulnerable and out of any significant social welfare system. This situation also exists in many African countries such as Namibia, Angola, South Africa, and Mozambique, to mention a few.With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which is running for over a year now, has negatively impacted many economics with outlook dampened, and this has necessitated the higher unemployment rates in many countries. Therefore, in addition to the life-threatening and health risks of the pandemic, the socio-economic impact is likewise real, most importantly with many workers still likely to face job loss, job cuts, salary cuts, and low-income or no-income or even redundancy.In fact, the combined consequences of COVID-19 and youth unemployment is severe and damaging to any nation. For instance, before now, unemployment has been a rising phenomenon in Nigeria, as many of the youths are jobless, to the extent that the Government itself may not know the rate of youth unemployment precisely.Therefore, with the negative impact of COVID-19 particularly on economic growth, it is inevitable that the unemployment rate as well as the poverty rate will go further up and might even be on a steady path of increase if no meaningful step or measures are taken.With the current realities the opportunities for jobs for these teeming youths continues to wane due to the high population, inadequate qualifications, and depressed economic, which are some of the factors that have prevented these young people from finding gainful employment.However, to avoid the impacts of unemployment, coupled with COVID -19 consequences, which include a surge in the prevalence rate of crimes and criminality, it is recommended that sports participation be encouraged by African Governments and policymakers. The participation of young people in economic and social areas will have a great significance for the countries development and improvement.Africa needs to see sport as a business and also a way to promote healthy and promising citizens. Sports, more importantly, is one of the easiest avenues for young men to quit the poverty lane and unemployment. It's important to note that with sports, the teeming youths can become athletes and be gainfully employed.Besides, there will be more job opportunities and commercialization on the continent for companies, investors, talent scouts, agents, coaches, referees, trainers, sports analysts, media companies, facilities management companies, sport wears companies, and merchandisers.A pleasant sports environment will equally encourage partnerships between businesses and sporting entities such as what is visible with stadia bearing the names of companies and sponsorships deals with company logos appearing on athletes' clothing and equipment and so on in the developed countries around the world. Studies have shown that sports can provide a reduced risk from alcohol use, smoking, terrorism, criminality, and illicit drug use amongst young people versus those who do not indulge in sports.That said, in the world today, it is quite challenging to estimate the exact number of sports or games around the world. However, a reliable report has shown that there are more than 8000 sports in the world. Yet, there are roughly 200 sports that have international recognition through a reliable international governing body.Nonetheless, the Olympics, which is the pinnacle of sports, has only validated 28 sports as of 2016. To give a general idea of some of the most participated sports using available data from the Olympics, we have adventure Sports (kayaking, canoeing), aquatic sports (swimming, bodyboarding), strength, and agility sports. (aerobics, gymnastics), ball sports (baseball, basketball, football), mountain sports (climbing, cross-country cycling),and motorized sports(formula racing).Most of these sporting events are seen as lucrative career options, and in most developed countries, so much effort and resources are channeled into it. From a European perspective, sports-related employment represents a significant percentage of total employment on the continent.The amount of investment and cash that several sports stars earn around the world is mind-blowing. From football to tennis, basketball, motorsport, and boxing, to name a few. Excellent examples from Nigeria are Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua Nigerian-born British boxer (world heavyweight boxing champion), who commands more than £30 million for every fight. This is apart from several endorsements he enjoys.Another athlete is Divine Oduduru, the second-fastest African athlete earning around N180 million yearly. Nigeria's top table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has started the year 2020 as the 18th best player in the world and doing well with the sport.  Likewise, John Obi Mikel, Odion Jude Ighalo, Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Osimhen are earners to reckon with in football. In the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) and kickboxing career, the following Nigerian-born individuals Kamoru Usman, Isreal Adesanya, Sodiq  Yusuff, and Kennedy Nzechukwu are active and dominant in the sport.According to the National Basketball Association (NBA), four of the players have Nigerian origin, and they are Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chimezie Metu, and Josh Okogie.Interestingly, these sportsmen get additional income from endorsements and sponsorships all over, which leads to additional millions of dollars in earnings. This situation is not only applicable to Nigerians but other well-meaning African nationals.The point is that money will always flow to where the attention of the masses are, such as sports, particularly football, basketball, and boxing.  In the same vein, according to compiled data by Forbes magazine, some of the wealthiest athletes globally, are as follows: Floyd Mayweather (boxing), Tiger Woods (Golf), Lionel Messi (football), Christiano Ronaldo (football), Conor McGregor (kickboxing), Neymar (football).It is imperative to state categorically that most of these athletes probably never registered any startup businesses to gain prominence, but they are undeniably talented in what they do because of consistency and dedication. While talents are essential, a lot of seriousness, concentration, and motivation need to go into it to become a great successful athlete.Therefore, for millions of African youths, particularly Nigerian youths, energies can be channeled into mastering and pursuing careers in several sports, just like we have seen in the entertainment and the music industry. Without a doubt, it could lead to a strong sports culture and competitiveness in both domestic and foreign markets.Admittedly, sport is a veritable outlet that can offer a pro-active solution to youth unemployment in Africa. This is because sport skills can be learned, developed, and made a professional career, and it can provide a considerable positive impact.Nonetheless, for these to come into fusion, policymakers, sports associations, and the Government need to make decisive and responsive policies to encourage aggressive youth participation in sports and learning programmes.  This will give the needed encouragement and guidance to sports interest and development in Africa.Besides, if a more professional approach is adopted in the sports industry, the Government, too, will benefit and generate consistent income. It can even provide a new source of national economic growth, and reduce sports tourism in developed countries.Supportably, the various sports association, should be designed to run professionally, with a competent governing board just like any major global corporation.This will ensure adequate structure to guarantee adequate followership, which eventually will lead to huge sponsorship, great athletes, and substantial marketing revenues, among others. So many stakeholders -fans, advertisers, TV stations, investors, and collaborators can equally benefit. Many of the functions within the sports industry are service-based, which means it will be a labor-intensive industry.In conclusion, sports can make a positive contribution in helping to increase Africa's labor numbers, eventually leading to the creation of sports that can provide a cost-effective tool to address political agendas such as unemployment. It can also be an avenue to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst the teeming youths.Governments can develop sport policies and situate community hubs across cities to bridge the unemployment gap, where young people could come and improve their sports skills and become professional athletes.  Therefore, I see a tremendous opportunity for African countries and the citizens if they can adopt these principles and begin to design systems around sport and create well-paying jobs for millions of young people to strive.  Good Luck! 

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  •   The third Vice President of the National Assembly of Togo Andr Ablom Johnson died on Saturday in Lom at the age of 72 parliamentary sources said on Sunday A member of the Union of Forces for Change UFC of Gilchrist Olympio a former charismatic opponent of the regime in place in Lom he was for a long time Minister in charge of the Environment The president of the National Assembly Yawa Djigbodi Tsegan praised him as a great worker In recent months Togo has lost more than a dozen politicians including Edem Kodjo former Secretary General of the OAU now AU Fambar Ouattara Natchaba former President of the National Assembly and Mr Yawovi Agboyibor former President of the opposition Action Committee for Renewal VAOEdited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    Third Vice-President of Togo’s National Assembly passes away
      The third Vice President of the National Assembly of Togo Andr Ablom Johnson died on Saturday in Lom at the age of 72 parliamentary sources said on Sunday A member of the Union of Forces for Change UFC of Gilchrist Olympio a former charismatic opponent of the regime in place in Lom he was for a long time Minister in charge of the Environment The president of the National Assembly Yawa Djigbodi Tsegan praised him as a great worker In recent months Togo has lost more than a dozen politicians including Edem Kodjo former Secretary General of the OAU now AU Fambar Ouattara Natchaba former President of the National Assembly and Mr Yawovi Agboyibor former President of the opposition Action Committee for Renewal VAOEdited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    Third Vice-President of Togo’s National Assembly passes away
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    Third Vice-President of Togo’s National Assembly passes away

    The third Vice-President of the National Assembly of Togo, André Ablom Johnson, died on Saturday in Lomé at the age of 72, parliamentary sources said on Sunday.

    A member of the Union of Forces for Change (UFC) of Gilchrist Olympio, a former charismatic opponent of the regime in place in Lomé, he was for a long time Minister in charge of the Environment.

    The president of the National Assembly, Yawa Djigbodi Tsegan, praised him as a great worker.

    In recent months, Togo has lost more than a dozen politicians, including Edem Kodjo, former Secretary-General of the OAU, now AU; Fambaré Ouattara Natchaba, former President of the National Assembly, and Mr Yawovi Agboyibor, former President of the opposition Action Committee for Renewal.

    VAO


    Edited By: Vincent Obi
    Source: NAN