The fourth leg and grand finale of the MTN-sponsored school athletics championships, MTN CHAMPS, will take place at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja from Friday, December 1 to 3, 2023.
Over 7,000 athletes from various schools across the nation have participated in the competition, which is divided into three age brackets: cadets (U-14), youth (U-17), and juniors (U-20).
The competition began on October 12 and 14 in Benin, continued from October 26 to 28 in Uyo, and continued from November 9 to 11 in Ibadan.
At a press conference held yesterday in Abuja ahead of the grand finale, chief marketing officer, MTN, Adia Showo, said the MTN is excited in sponsoring the program aimed to unearth and foster athletic talent development across the country.
“MTN is committed to Nigeria’s young people and what we are trying to do is power the dreams of these young people and provide them with the platform and technology that they need to take on the world,’ Showo said.
“This is an exciting partnership for MTN, we got all that we bargained for and we applaud Bambo Akani and his institution of Making of Champions. We are also grateful to every youth that shows up in all the events for their joy and competitive spirit. We are really excited for this endeavour.”
Bambo Akani, the founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC), believes that MTN CHAMPS will revolutionize school sports in Nigeria.
Modeled after the Jamaican High school CHAMPS, it aims to contribute to nation-building through sports. Akani emphasizes the program’s focus on discovering and nurturing athletic potential, stating that it has the power to transform Nigeria’s sporting landscape.
“For MTN CHAMPS’ first event alone to have a thousand athletes and now we have reached seven thousand athletes across the four events and the quality is something you never really see before. We are really excited about this and it is going to be a game changer for school sports in Nigeria and the most powerful nation building for sports in the country,” he said.