MTN has restated its commitment to developing potentials and enriching the lives of Nigerians through whatever means possible, even sports.
The telecommunications giantâ€™s General Manager, Consumer Marketing, Mr. Kolawole Oyeyemi, said, â€œIt is the vision of the company to help channel the energies in every young person into productive use. We take it as a point of responsibility to support every cause necessary that will make such talented individuals realise their dreams in life.â€
Speaking at the maiden edition of the MTN/AIT Football Awards held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, last Sunday, Mr Oyeyemi said the essence of sponsoring the AIT Awards is to collaborate with the media to recognise achievers in football with a view to encouraging them to continue to excel and also serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring footballers.
Explaining the rationale for the awards, Aisha Falode, Head, Channel Sports, AIT said that Daar Communications â€œdecided to embark on the award to stimulate the system for optimal performance.â€
Daar Communications Limited and other organisers of the award ceremony have also restated their resolve to ensure that the awards become an annual event even as the performances of the national teams have dwindled in recent years. Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has already been chosen as the host city for next year.
There were 21 categories with three nominees in each category. Osaze Odemwingie won the Nigerian Footballer of the Year award beating fellow team mates Vincent Enyiama and Ike Uche.Â The Football Brand of the Year went to MTN Nigeria for its support for the game of football in Nigeria and Africa.