LAGOS, April 25, 2013 - The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, will on Friday, April 26, hold a grand reception for one of its own, Mitchell Obi, in celebration of his election as the president of the AIPS Africa and vice president of the world body of sports journalists.
Mitchell Obi was unanimously voted president of the African Sports Journalists Union, ASJU, at the AIPS world congress held recently in Sochi, Russia.
Chairman of Lagos SWAN, Fred Edoreh, said the reception holding at the conference hall of the association's secretariat is designed to mark a milestone in sports journalism in Nigeria and to recognise the eminent status which Nigeria sports journalists have attained among their counterparts in Africa and beyond.
"By his unanimous endorsement by our colleagues from other nations of the continent as president of AIPS Africa, Mitchel has not only brought honour to Nigeria as a country but has also projected the esteem with which Nigerian sports journalists are held within the continent. This is worth celebrating not only to give honour to whom honour is due but to demonstrate to him and the rest of Africa that we are solidly behind him to ensure that he fulfills the expectations and responsibility entrusted on him."
According to the coordinator of the event, Harry Iwuala, the "grand reception for Mitchel is going to be a night of music, dance, comedy, citations and camaraderie bringing together top media executives, sports editors and the entire body of Lagos sports journalists, esteemed members and partners in the sporting community and friends of Mitchel. Its simply going to be a great party, a celebration of excellence in professional practice and leadership."