By Goodluck Ikiebe
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development(FMYSD) and the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs(NIIA) are partnering on the ‘Conversations’ series, seeking to combine sports and diplomacy to drive Nigeria’s Foreign Policy agenda for Africa.
The Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and the Director-General of the NIIA, Professor Edosa Osaghae are pioneering this landmark collaboration.
A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relation in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, says Dare said, “this partnership, which is the first of its kind, will explore and extend the frontiers of Sports as a powerful tool for development in line with our Ministry’s National Sports Industry Policy projections.”
Some of the experts expected to deliver papers at the seminar are Idorenyin Uyoe, a sports scholar and seasoned marketer based in the United States of America; Ron Freeman, a 1968 Olympics double medalist, who is also a diplomat, humanitarian and peace activist; Ron Davis, an international facilitator as well as accomplished track and field coach, and Professor Ikaweba Bunting, the director of the Department of Unity for the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation in Tanzania.
“The ‘Conversations’ will hold at the NIIA Headquarters at Kofo Abayomi Road, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 10am”, the statement concluded.