By Kate Obodo
Mike Okeke emerged overall winner of the Evernal Tennis Tournament which came to an end last Thursday October 1st 2009 at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Lawn Tennis Club-Festac Town. The event which brought together top executives from various private outfits brought to the fore the best of tennis actions.
C.E.O of Mike Dad Nigeria Limited,Â Mike .S. Okeke lifted the winnerâ€™s trophy, after defeating another hard fighting opponent in the final of the event.Â The tourney which coincided with Nigeriaâ€™s 49th Independence anniversary, alsoÂ featured doubles event.
AccordingÂ to Engr. Gerald Anekwe, the President of the F.H.A Lawn Tennis Club, the competition is an annual event used by the club to mark the 49th independence anniversary of Nigeria and alsoÂ to commemorate the birthday of Chief Euriel Chukwudum, the Managing Director of Dennis Hotel Abuja and the Managing Director of Evernal Fan who turned 49th onÂ Â October 1st 2009.
â€œIt is an Inter-club event that has beenÂ going on for about 10 years. WeÂ use it to commemorate the birthday of our former chairman and president Euriel Chukwudum.
â€œThe event is specifically played only on the first ofÂ October, apparently to celebrate his birthday. â€œMr Chukwudum was born in October 1st 1960,â€ he said.
The celebrant of the event,Â Chief Chukwudum expressed delight over the coincidental celebration ofÂ Nigeria â€˜s independence alongside his birthday.
â€œI am very happy that myÂ birthday falls on the dayÂ Nigeria is celebrating her birthday. It is a joyous day especially having friends and wellwishers coming to drink and dine with me. It has been a tradition of the club every first of October,Â and I am very happy about. At the end of the tournament, the winner will go home with one of my products Evernal Fan. Also people who came to grace the occasion also go home with gifts,â€ he said
However, as Nigeria celebrated her 49th anniversary asÂ independent Nations Chief Chukwudum said the country is far behind in all aspect particular in the aspect of Sports as he believes Nigeria would have gone far in the aspect of Tennis. Adding that it is time for stock taking in all sectors of development and achievement.
â€œIn sports sector, we are very sadly witnessing traumatizing nose diving that has reached all time low in all sports particularly tennis. Our Tennis would be have improved more than this but because people in the helm of affairs donâ€™t want to look into it and see the reason for us to go further that is whyÂ are the way we now.
â€œWhen you go to other countriesÂ their tennis is something to write home about in our case is a different thing entirely.
Am calling on the government to do something about because if they put money into Tennis it will help our youth and also reduce crime in the country,â€ he concluded.
The winner of the competition, Chief Okeke expressed delight over his victory as he believed it is the beginning of Godâ€™s blessings forÂ him this month.