Shakara Int’l Organises ‘Basketball For Peace’

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Basketball players in Lagos State and its environs now have an opportunity to harness their skills in the sport, as Shakara International Limited, an entertainment, music, media and event company based in Lagos, has launched a grassroot project tagged; Basketball for Peace in Surulere and Ilupeju.

The project, which is being organised in Lagos for the first time, has been piloted in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Delta and Rivers states as well as in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Lagos State co-ordinator of the programme, Sag Orume, said the project is meant to reach out to lovers of the slamming and dunking game in the grassroots, adding that their aim is to teach out to young people on how to manage conflict in their lives, environment and their families.

He also stressed that they intend to use the sport to galvanise grassroots empowerment by ensuring that the players know they can serve as peace ambassadors.

Orume said: “The Abuja leg of the project just ended and because of its impact, the Plateau State Commissioner for Education has legalised Peace Club in schools for the lives of students to be touched through the project.”

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The project has been approved by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, and has already received support from the Proprietor of Dodan Warrior Club of Lagos, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd), who donated three FIBA-approved balls for the project that is financed by the owner of Shakara International Limited, Mrs Pamela Nwonu.

Only players under twenty years of age are allowed to take part in the tourney and it is not mandatory for interested participants to be registered players for clubs in the domestic league or outside the country.

The project is owned by Nigeria’s foremost coach, Oliver Johnson, who is based in Zaria, with various grassroots coaches in the state taking part in the tourney.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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