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Kwara athletics: Kabirat Oyewale also gets scholarship

*Remain focussed in your chosen sport – Onyali

Kabirat Oyewale, an 11-year old primary five pupil of Iyeru-Okin LGEA school in Offa has won for her self a scholarship to finish primary school and go through secondary school. She will also be kitted for the period.

Chief Mary Onyali, Latifa Ahmed, Mrs Margaret Ogundana and Kabirat Oyewale
Chief Mary Onyali, Latifa Ahmed, Mrs Margaret Ogundana and Kabirat Oyewale

Kabirat won the 400m girl event at the Kwara State All primary school athletics championship which just ended in Ilorin. She got the heart warming news from the CEO of the ‘Let’s go, Girls’ project, Chief Mary Onyali.

Kabirat’s mother, Idiat Oyewale, is a charcoal seller while her father, Ibrahim Oyewale, rents out chairs and tables. She became an instant celebrity at the race where she excelled in style. Amongst the high class persons who received her was a former Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mrs Margaret Ogundana.

At the dinner to close the two-day activity, the former African sprints champion, Chief Mary Onyali, counselled younger athletes to be remain focused to excel‎ in their chosen athletic career.

The Kwara primary school athletics championship sponsored by the Chairman of the State Athletics Association, Alhaji Tunde Abdulkareem had so many of the kids not just winning trophies, prizes, food items and household utensils as well as cash.

According to the former African track queen who is the Executive Director, Technical, Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), Abuja‎ urged the participating athletes to always be fair and exhibit their talents while avoiding the use of drugs.

Kabirat Oyewale's data being taken after winning the race
Kabirat Oyewale’s data being taken after winning the race

She commended the sponsor for his passion for grassroots sports.

Also speaking at the event, the Kwara State Director of Sports, Coach Tunde Kazeem, praised Chief Onyali for her determination and zeal to tap talents from the grassroots. He commended her ‘Let’s go, Girls’ initiative for the scholarship programme approved for two of the girls at the event.

The sponsor of the championship, Alhaji Abdulkareem noted that the tournament was aimed at discovering young athletes from the grassroots.

Alhaji Abdulkareem who is the Vice President, Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Region two, said the championship was conceived in line with the policy of government to bring back the lost glory of sports at the state and national levels.‎

While speaking on various challenges, he described funds as a major problem facing sports development in the country, urging government at levels to always supports sports with funds.

Alhaji Abdulkareem, called on private organisations and well meaning Nigerians to form strong synergy with the government to move sports sectors in the country forward.‎

Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Olamide George also commended the sponsor and great leadership qualities he has consistently demonstrated. The AFN President, Ibrahim Gusau, is happy with this great effort.

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