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Mutual Benefits Hosts 3rd National Badminton Championship


BY NKECHI NAECHE ESEZOBOR—Nigeria’s top underwriter Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc at the weekend hosted the 3rd edition of the Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship.

The event which too place in Lagos featured dignitaries from the insurance and sporting industry.

Speaking at the event the chairman of the company, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi said the MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship has become an annual event through which MUTUAL BENEFITS plays a pivotal role in development of Badminton in our nation, in Africa and in the global sports arena.  

“Over the years, Youth Empowerment through the development of Sports has been a key focus of MUTUAL BENEFITS’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. Therefore, the annual MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship has become a veritable platform for young talented players to develop and showcase their talents, receive exposure and get mentorship.”

He said, his delighted that between the maiden edition MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship in 2017 and this edition; Nigeria has moved up in ranking from the 6th position to the number 1st position in Africa.  

He futher said that MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship is proud to identify the African number one male, Anuoluwapo Opeyori, the African number one female, Dorcas Adesokan and African number one men’s doubles, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua as our products.   I will enjoin you, ladies and gentlemen to give a resounding round of applause as we celebrate these young hardworking and talented people.

“During the 2nd edition of this championship, I predicted that this event is a platform for “…nurturing talents who will fly the flag of Nigeria on the international stage…” Today, it gives me so much pleasure to announce to you that Anuoluwapo, Godwin and Dorcas are on the road to Tokyo Olympics to represent Africa!

“During this 3rd edition of the MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship, we have witnessed Upsets; where ranked players were beaten by unranked players. This is a sure sign of great development of the game. MUTUAL BENEFITS is delighted to provide this platform. to welcome you all to the finals and closing ceremony of the 3rd edition of the Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship.

“The MUTUAL BENEFITS National Badminton Championship has become an annual event through which MUTUAL BENEFITS plays a pivotal role in development of Badminton in our nation, in Africa and in the global sports arena.”

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