My NUGA Journey

Happy new month folks! I came back very tired yesterday as a result of the long journey, coupled with a sunny weather and a flat tyre on our way back. That’s why I couldn’t update you as promised, all the same here it is:

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On our way back to Calabar yesterday

The competition ended on Saturday, and yesterday was departure day. I and the team are back in Calabar. In case you didn’t read the previous update from me, I was in Makurdi with my team for the 25th Nigeria University Games (NUGA) competition at the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi (UAM).

The team came 38th out of 60 in the medal table, with a total of 7 bronze medals for the contingents. Kudos to this team, don’t you think?

As a matter of fact 38th position is worth celebrating because the team participated only in judo. The question you should ask is what about the contingents that participated in two or more games but came 39th, 40th…and all the way down to 60th position. Only judo and these guys ranked 38th, bravo guys.

They wouldn’t have gotten any medal if they didn’t also have a hardworking coach, coach Odo Ita Bassey. Nice work coach.

coach Odo ita bassey

Coach Odo Ita Bassey

Efeaemode Ibor Bam, Deborah Adugba, Pedro Bam Ibor, Ekpeyong Essien Ekpeyong and Princewill Ishmeal, job well done. Keep the team spirit soaring high as an eagle.

the team and medals

From left, Efeaemode Ibor Bam, Deborah Adugba, Pedro Bam Ibor, Ekpeyong Essien Ekpeyong and Princewill Ishmeal(in front)

On the medals table, University of Port-Harcourt leads with 70 gold, 47 silver, and 33 bronze medals. They are followed by Ahmadu Bello University having 11 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. In third position, Benson Idahosa University with 10 gold, 7silver and 1 bronze medals. University of Calabar is in 28th position with 4 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Everyone loves to be on the winning team don’t you agree? I am proud of my team and also the University of Port-Harcourt, so I met with someone important in the team; the Grand patron of athletes, who also lectures in the Theatre Arts department of the University. We exchanged pleasantries and had some shots taken.

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I and Sam Dede ( Grand Patron, UNIPORT) in UAM

It was fun-filled for me all-together, except for the sad story of the loss of a judokar who got drowned in river Benue.

 

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