It has been a deluge of goodwill messages as the maiden Guild of Sports Editors “Night of Excellence ‘ holds at the prestigious Pearwort Hotel and Suites in Ikeja, Lagos.
Among those who are wishing the best for the event are former NFA Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, who thinks it’s one way to appreciate journalists while they are still living.
There were also kind words from former Abia state Governor, Mazi Orji Uzor Kalu, who said but for his tight political and business schedule, he would have been part of the groove.
Onochie Anibeze, who edits the Weekend Vanguard, simply shouted, “I can’t wait for the night where my colleagues will think good of me while I am alive, it’s an innovation that must be sustained “.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor will never stop praising the initiative, describing it as one way not only to acknowledge contributions of past and present generations but to encourage those coming behind.
Nigeria’s only serving International Olympic Committee Executive Committee member, Engr Habu Gumel, also speaking, said that the event will indeed be ground breaking. One of the main brains behind the event, Ade Ojeikere of the Nation’s group of newspapers, said he was delighted that journalists are coming to realise that no one will honour them in their graves, despite their nation building capacity in the area of sports.
On his part, Kunle Solaja, of the Sun Newspapers group, said he was proud to be a pioneer member of the group and wishes the occasion the best. “Of course I will be there live”, he quipped.
President General of Nigerian Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo would lead his group to lighten the Award today.