By Collins Ajibola, Oluwole Francis
With a grand opening ceremony, the colorful extravaganza was anchored by Nollywood duo of Segun Arinze and Francis Duru, followed by an enthralling display of diverse culture of Benue state, Nigeria.
The torch of friendship was also displayed in a group picture of eminent personalities and former internationals who graced the occasion.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dakinda, Mr. Emmanuel Akpakwu, welcomed the guests and all the respected dignitaries on the dais with his electrifying speech and encouraged Nigerians, youths and adults to participate more in sports and shun violence and restiveness.
“I am delighted to have the honour and privilege to address you today on this important occasion of the launch of “Dakinda Penalty Game”. Let me therefore; begin by appreciating God almighty for his grace upon our lives and for making today a reality for the DAKINDA family and all who will come to benefit from the enormous opportunities that Dakinda will come to offer in no distant time. We have been waiting patiently and working assiduously towards this day and to God be the glory
we have all gathered here today to witness the birth of a revolutionary Sports Lottery Game that has the capacity to turn things around for Nigerians within a shortest possible time.”
He thanked the President of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the development of sports in Nigeria.
“Allow me to appreciate our dear President, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who, through his effective and indefatigable Ministers of FCT and Sports; National Lottery Regulatory Commission and a host of other MDAs, have given us the enabling business environment and support to birth this laudable dream and initiative for national development. May God almighty give Mr. President more wisdom and guidance to lead Nigeria to greater height in his determination to give all of us a better Nigeria.”
Mr. Akpakwu further appreciated MR Adolphus Joe Ekpe-led National Lottery Regulatory Commission for their role in making sure the processes were in line with laid down regulations and ensuring fast tracking of the application processes.
“Let me seize the opportunity of this August event to specifically convey the deepest gratitude of all of us at Dakinda Football For Every Home Ltd, to the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, who midwifed the birth of this initiative that we all have gathered here to launch today. He ensured that all necessary documents and approvals were given to enable us kick off the game.
“Sir, may God bless you richly for your labour and love for the development of Nigeria.”
He however added that Microsoft Nigeria has indicated its willingness to partner Dakinda to host and deploy window versions of the Dakinda Mobile game.
“Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is important to begin with a couple of updates. Let me note here that it is heart-warming that the opt-ins to our Dakinda network from the Nigerian public achieved a 3000 mark in just 28 days, in a build up to this launch which drives home the reality that our people just cannot wait to start playing the Dakinda Penalty Game and benefit from the packages that go with it.”
Furthermore, Microsoft Nigeria has indicated its willingness to partner with Dakinda to host and deploy windows versions of our mobile game. These are results of our resolve to hit the ground running shortly after this ceremony and to provide world class services that will favorably compete with what is available in developed societies.”
“Today we are here to officially launch the Dakinda Football For Every Home’s Ltd’s novel block-buster product; the “Dakinda Penalty Game.” When we conceived the ideas for this game in 2012 at a sporting event, I still remember reaching out for the nearest paper napkin to write down this dream and we’ve assiduously worked on it since then.”
“Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you may wish to ask, what is the Dakinda Penalty Game, “Dakinda Penalty Game” is a revolutionary Sports Lottery Game, with an unbelievable access fee of N100 but with enormous rewards. Every N100 ticket possesses the potential to WIN you N5, 000 instantly when you Score a goal. The Game does not only give the player true opportunities to win but the outcome is primarily determined by his/her own playing skills.”
He further stated that the Penalty game is in a class of its own considering the enormous and limitless gains that comes with playing it.
“The Penalty Game is in a Class of its own and there are no limits to what players can achieve, which explains through enthusiasm that has greeted this initiative right from the test-running stage. It is noteworthy that even without formal invitations; many Nigerians have expressed their interests in being our commissioned agents nationwide already.”
“You may further wish to know what Dakinda Penalty Game is set to achieve. One of its major targets is youth empowerment, and it is therefore apposite to state that youth restiveness and vices are expected to be on the decline after today, as our youths take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Dakinda game. The Dakinda Penalty Game is designed to increase the entertainment value of football with a focus on taking spot-kicks. With just 1 Ball and 1 Goal, eligible players can make money from football and live a good life. We are in partnership with the Nigerian football Legend, Nwankwo Kanu, to bring smiles to the faces of all sport loving families as we bring football to EVERY Home across the globe.”
“Allow me to add here that, “Dakinda Penalty Game”, as I noted earlier, has an online version which can be downloaded from the Android Store for free. As is the case with the LIVE Playground version of our Game, all tickets purchased at our Grounds nationwide and Online via our Mobile App, are automatically entered into the Monthly Raffle Draws which will be aired LIVE on National Television, where Lucky players will WIN from N50, 000 to N1, 000,000 and even All Categories with our PLEXING Technique, which will give the POWER of CONTROL to the Players.”
“Also, we have the Sports Goods Merchandising arm of the Dakinda Family, which is dedicated to the production of sports’ equipments such as: Football Boots, Jerseys, Footballs, Sports Bags, Tracksuits, etc. It is incontrovertible to state that there exists no indigenous sports brand for Africa today, as the major brands from the West control the African Market. This presents a strategic opportunity for a truly Nigerian Brand to serve our African neighbours.”
“You will agree with me that the challenge of Jerseys for our national football teams and kits for our athletes has been in the front burner over time; therefore, with the coming of Dakinda on board, to collaborate with the federal government on the promotion of Made in Nigeria goods, I hope such challenge will be a thing of the past in a shortest possible time.”
“At this juncture, distinguished guests, permit me to remind you that, Football is one of the major factors that unite us as a people. Football brings both the good and bad people of the world together.”
“As I conclude, I want to thank you all who are here to witness this epoch making event. I lack words to express my happiness and appreciation but all I will say is that may God lead you back to your various destinations safely and bless you richly in this New Year in Jesus name. Thank you and welcome to the world of Dakinda Penalty Game.”
Abuja the flagship point of the Dakinda Penalty Game is an environment where people respect and understand each other’s interest and live in harmony. The Dakinda Penalty Game is going to ensure togetherness and peace amongst the people who will daily be trouping to the Old parade ground to test their accuracy and might. He inspired and motivated the youth as well as the parents.
The Honourable Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung welcomed all present and lauded the initiative of the Dakinda group in bringing development and progress to Nigeria through the Dakinda Penalty Game. He thanked the CEO of Dakinda and his team for putting together a first of its kind Penalty Game in Nigeria to curb youth restiveness and promote harmony and unity among the people. He stated that sports have the power and capability, to bring one and all together and hence can be considered as an integrating factor itself.
He later declared the Dakinda Penalty Game officially open.