<![CDATA[ - News]]>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 14:05:06 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[HiOS Tecno’s Operating System unveils its Latest Feature HiOS 5.5; A Electronic Game Players Handle]]>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 18:25:05 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/hios-tecnos-operating-system-unveils-its-latest-feature-hios-55-a-electronic-game-players-handle
Ohio (z) Okhai Takes a Look. 
Illustration and Photography by Ohio (z) Okhai

When it breezed into the ears two months ago at an event that such an android operating system was now available, I doubted it. 

Then the official press release hit my inbox. As a tech, art, electronic game enthusiast I immediately had to request a future youtubed test run.

Yes, HiOS has unveiled another iteration of its operating system, HiOS 5.5, which the release promises to be more personal and enhanced to serve users more powerfully in their daily lives than ever before with helpful tools and tailor-made features. The angle focus is the electroic gaming aspect. But for now enjoy knowing of other unique features. 

The newest release first debuted on the Tecno Camon 12 series and has now made its way to the Tecno Spark 4. 

'The HiOS 5.5 delivers the most helpful features' says the release in that it 'provides a slew of immersive experience and creative features that not only improves the overall phone experience of users but also help users to be more productive in the longer run.'

It also 'brings art to life with augmented reality (AR)'. The‘(AR) virtual canvas' is essentially (a) futuristic finger painting (concept). 'Many sculptors refer to their hands as a tool — and the HiOS 5.5 allows you to turn your fingers into sculptural brushes that you can use to paint in midair. 

Just by aiming your ‘device camera at an object, you can paint or spray on any place in reality within multiple spaces with awesome brushes, emojis, animations, and stickers. You can also work on your creations with friends, or show off your masterpieces to your tribe by sharing it with them’.
It also has a gesture call picker, which is a cool new way to respond to calls. The 'HiOS 5.5 introduces a new ability to answer and end calls with simple fingers and palm gestures without having to physically touch your phone. This will allow you to simultaneously use your hands for other things like eating or washing clothes while also being able to conveniently answer important calls without touching your phone. You can now simply just use "V" gesture to answer the phone or wave your palm above your phone screen to reject the calls

'For that all-important message, it 'also gives you the ability to remain on your screen without pausing your game and still reply chats and messages with floating windows without interrupting game play. You can also quickly go online to view game guides all while still remaining on your game screen.'

It further tells that you can 'seamlessly enjoy heavy CPU power consuming games by boosting memory, turn on Wi-fi exclusively for the game, switch data SIM cards and more in-game without disrupting or exiting your game' says the release.
​It also has a 'closed eye detection’ feature. 'Face recognition technology' is said to have 'been vastly upgraded so it can help you secure your phone in a more intelligent and smarter way.'
 
'Security has been stepped up a notch by making it impossible for your phone to be unlocked when your eyes are closed.'
 
The newly improved Face ID 2.0 is more intelligent and can detect eye-status of open, closed or sideways not only frontal faces but also for rotated or tilted head poses' says the release
The 5 .5 is'the smarter way to reach your favorite tools' as it 'comes with an upgrade to the smart panel- a shortcut capability that allows you to access any app or use any tool on your phone from any screen.' 

You can get things done faster by ‘simply swiping right on any screen to access your favorite feature. You can (also) easily snap a selfie or record a video from any screen without having to locate the camera app. The HiOS 5.5 is also said to 'allow (one) to have the Hi Translate tool handy which means you can smartly translate an unfamiliar language to your language without having to leave your current screen.'

What will you also find on HiOS 5.5? Well we are informed that 'a new HiOS lab (that can be found in the HiOS 5.0) that allows you to test out features and tools still in development on an opt-in basis'. Find armed and waiting for trespassers 'a new Face ID security system that helps you unlock your phone even when your eyes are closed’.A ‘smart data switcher that allows you to switch between the SIM cards you are using to connect to the internet in just one click. Finally, available is a ‘fingerprint reset password that allows you to reset your password using your fingerprint when you can't remember your lock codes or patterns.

To the most important aspect as far as this sport site is concerned is its gaming features for those EA's FIFA  20, or NBA Live 19, brick games etc play heads. Available is faster and immersive game experience. This is 'a dedicated Game Mode that comes equipped with a Game Assistant which means you can seamlessly neuter distracting apps or intrusive notification like emails, news, chats and social media popup windows and calls to focus exclusively on gaming'.

Electronic gaming just went to an exciting and competitive level to which only those who acquire can capitalize on to win gaming events. Next years Comic Con/9ja Evo's FEJA qualifers as well as FEJA 2020 will really be intense. Check              https://titansportsnig.com/news/pikin-play-for-adults-roi   for the article in Comic Con, 9ja Game Evo and FEJA. Hios 5.5 won't be waiting till the next event comes in 2020, it's playing it way into the hands of smarter players who are ahead of the game.
Ohio (z) Okhai Elakhe is a communication expert, with interests in sports, brand architecture, research, technology, entertainment and the arts. Find him via the brand name At Ohiookhai on (fb; instagram; twitter, gmail blog).
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<![CDATA[PIKIN PLAY FOR ADULTS, ROI]]>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 21:53:08 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/pikin-play-for-adults-roi
Ohio(z)Okhai Elakhe looked at the on goings at this years Lagos Comic Con's FEJA event at SilverBird Gallery from a sport entertainment side.

Illustration and Photography by Ohio (z) Okhai

Sure you can!!!! Am sure that's highly motivating thing to hear in a clime where all are struggling to generate income legally. Well, since we are talking about mobile, computer, video, arcade electronic games, it's actually is its homonym Shao Kahn, a character from one of the popular electronic games played globally.

'Sure-you-can' wise, that's what many Nigerian youths came to display at this year’s (Lagos) Comic Con/9ja Game Evo organized FEJA (Festival De l'Electronique et du Jeu Video d'Abidjan) qualification, but the battle among the competitors was so intense that it was ‘shaokahn’, with goals, knockouts, humorous trash talks or yabs like 'stay there, I go beat you sotey, warner bros go come use you do film' and bragging rights to represent Nigeria at FEJA this year that was achieved. (As at the publishing of this article the main event had just being concluded in Abidjan).

FEJA is an electronic etc game event held annually at Abidjan, Cote’d Voire. It began in 2017 and this is the third edition. Different countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroun, Egypt, Mali, Benin Republic, and Angola hold their qualifiers. In Nigeria, it's the first time FEJA will be staged and the first time the gaming aspect of (Lagos) Comic Con would be staged separately from the same venue since inception in 2013 and since 2016 since it became Lagos Comic Con. Another first is not 'Along Came a Spider'; which is a 2001 $195.2 million box office of a $60 million budget suspense thriller James Pattersons film acted by Morgan Freeman but along came Omen by HP and HiOS android operating system for Tecno who acted the script by event sponsors. Omen sponsored and brought an experience center for people to test their PC. HiOS provided phones for mobile gaming and also sponsored.
N100, 000 was 'split between' two PUBG players- Julian Okeke aka Bionicman 52 and  Precious Otis aka Otis 101

As 115 online viewers watched the stream live, 145 participants outsmarted, drilled etc using play devices like Electronic Art's (EA) FIFA 19, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 19 by Konami, Tekken 7 by Namco among others. For the purpose of its growing community, 9ja Game Evo added Player Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG), console and mobile versions, to the tournament though it is not featured at FEJA.

Winners Toye Arogunmati aka The Arogs (FIFA 19), Trust Ehiguese aka Kami Zlatan (Pro Evolution Soccer 19) etc, showed why they would be representing Nigeria soon. For the driven pass (R1/RB + Pass), driven lob (R1/RB + Lobbed Pass), standard long ball or maybe even a swanky threaded through ball (R1/RB + Through Ball) swiftly opens up the pitch. Keep an eye on your radar for those off-screen Paul Scholes wonderballs! It’s, it’s it’s, it’s a Gooooooooooal, is usually the result for the player with the quickest' draw of a gun'. Eye to pad to screen and finger coordination was so complex, so robotic, so A. I, I had to consult eurogamer.net to catch up. Life is getting crippy. 'I still be small pikin', I ask myself?

But to think that a once thought to be "e re' fuawan omorde" (childs play in Yoruba) will be earning some youths respect, paying their bills, taking them to many places is not something I nor Lagos Comic Con C.E.O Ayodele Elegba phantomed when we were roommates at Yaba Tech nor Adenipebi Kunmi; CEO 9ja Game Evo a friend back when we were mere students at Kogi State University. Since the tournament is a qualifier for FEJA, appearance/participation prize money will be at the finale in Abidjan. However thanks to Omen, HP headsets were given out to all 1st place positions in all the games.

Additionally, HiOS and FiCool, put out cash prizes for the Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) mobile games which were included in the tournament for awareness and community building. Hence that was the only game where cash prizes were given.
I was not supported as a youth playing video games; most times my dad would get angry.

N100, 000 was 'split between' two PUBG players- Julian Okeke aka Bionicman 52 and  Precious Otis aka Otis 101.
N50, 000 each for both- that kind of pay is what many seek as seed pay for a small start up business venture. The winners are all educated, with over 90% of them having completed or about to complete their tertiary education. Some have businesses of their own. Some have a main job working for a company, while a fraction of them are full time professional gamers.
                                                                
Back when I was in secondary school, my father won't hear of it that I spent time playing video games, since it was his belief (and am sure many parents back then), that it was for riffraff’s and dullards. I usually would keep an eye open to know if he was close to getting home while playing against my friends on his Tv whenever they brought their games over to my place.  (It's understandable why many parents felt that way as it was difficult for them growing up and they didn't want that happening to their kids among other sensible reasons). 
STAY THERE, I GO BEAT YOU SOTEY, WARNER BROS GO COME USE YOU DO FILM

My emphasis shifted back to basketball but the likes of Kunmi stayed on. Yikes, a missed business opportunity for me. Kunmi informs 'I was not supported as a youth playing video games; most times my dad would get angry. (After graduating) in 2006, I started my gaming company which my dad reluctantly supported because of my inlaws, (but) failed because i had no funds to back up'.

He further adds 'I rebooted in 2012, six years later and it was a success as I partnered with an animation company called Sporedust which brought in a technical team'. Ayo equally tells about his childhood. While he mayn't have played video games then according to him, his parents weren't adverse to it if he did play. He did get a lot of support on his love for comics. That is rearing its head in providing jobs today.

How did video games get to this point where it pays bills? A memory throws me back like done in EA FIFA 20 game to the early 80s where I eyed my neighbor's Atari game- thank God I didn't steal it. So games were already penetrating, though few. Globally, Techcrunch, EA Sports NBA Live19 throwbacks me via an alley hoops for a slam dunk when it says 'since its commercial birth in the 1950s as a technological oddity at a science fair, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world'.
I rebooted in 2012, six years later and it was a success as I partnered with an animation company

‘The mobile technology boom in recent years has revolutionized the industry and opened the doors...'.
Coming back home, the question is what has fueled it penetration? Wikipedia informs that  'due to the growing penetration of smart phones across Nigeria and mobile broadband access that is cheaper and faster than it has been a few years earlier, developers have the opportunity to spread mobile games easily'. Nigeria has the world's fastest growing mobile internet usage behind China and India. Also the emergence of viewing centers has helped grow it to where it is now. Just take a tour of the many inner city Tv viewing centers where football matches can be watched.

Then the grand one, the high level of unemployment. According tradingeconomics.com, as at 2018, youth unemployment stood at 36.56%, living wage stood at a mere at N43, 200. Many youths just need something to preoccupy their minds instead of involving self in the 'sharprapra' business of yahoo-yahoo (internet fraud) or 419 (advanced free fraud). The potential of this aspect of the entertainment industry to building Nigeria's economy can't be overlooked. Kunmi informed that Lagos Comic Con and the gaming aspect draws an average traffic of 3, 000 interested ones. 'The population of Nigeria is young, with more than 60% of the population being under 25 years old' says Wikipedia. That translats to about 130 miillon according to worldmetric.info. With the organizers penetrating South Africa, one can easily see why H.P has invested its Omen Computers, HiOS its android operating system and have said they would be gunning for a long term partnership.

Right now, the best game to play is video runs gaming my editor with legal yahoo yahoo into ensuring more indepth coverage on the various players, competitions, events, industry business activities & opportunities are worked on, putting in mind the animation film and comic to film industry. 'Sure I can' do that. Shao Kahn!!!     
                                                                                                 
Ohio (z) Okhai Elakhe is a communication expert, with interests in sports, brand architecture, research, technology, entertainment and the arts. Find him via the brand name At Ohiookhai on (fb; instagram; twitter, gmail blog).
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<![CDATA[5th NYG kicks off as Small Doctor thrilled audience in Uni-ilorin]]>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:29:03 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/5th-nyg-kicks-off-as-small-doctor-thrilled-audience-in-uni-ilorin

Fascinating moment as the long awaited annual Youth Games began in style today in University of Ilorin with several cultural display, musical performances and thrilling moment with famous Nigeria artist called Small Doctor aka ‘Omo iya teacher’ in Maracana Stadium, University of Ilorin.

Nigerian Fuji, Afro-Pop recording artist and musical performer, Adekunle Temitope also known as "Small Doctor",

In a funfair atmosphere, he thrilled the entire audience as various kids and youths where spotted dancing and singing alongside the popular artist.

The mouth-watering opening ceremony which started at noon with a resounding Nigeria National Anthem recitation and colorful march-past was indeed a remarkable one; about 7,000 athletes, 30 States featuring in 34 Sporting event is already a significant development in Nigeria.

Since inception of the maiden edition of the National Youth Games in 2013 that was conducted by the National Sports Commission in Fct-Abuja; talents has been discovered, lives has been transformed and economy has change through the grassroots tournament.

It’s objectives is to build talents, enhance and elevate Sports, established athletes from generation to generation, curb age cheating athletes and encourage early participation, to educate and inspire them in playing active role in the society, to reinvigorate national unity and youth collaboration, encourage massive participation of youths in Sport activities for physical and health benefits.

In 2013 the championship featured 14 Sports, 98 events with 4,080 accredited athletes from 32 States and 370 talented athletes was discovered; and the previous edition had 5,534 athletes who were involved in 33 Sporting events as 307 athletes were discovered.

More also, Delta State emerged overall winner with 27 gold, 24 silver, 16 bronze; Lagos clinched 2nd position with 23 gold, 15 silver, 22 bronze; Bayelsa finished 3rd with 11 gold, 7 silver, 16 bronze while Ogun and Akwa-Ibom occupied 4th and 5th respectively.

According to The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Akin Dare has revealed that National Youth Games (NYG) was initiated to empower the teeming youths to achieve their dreams.

The Minister who was represented by the Director Grassroots Development, Dr Ademola Are made the revelation during the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the National Youth Games at the University of Ilorin Sports Complex, Kwara State.

Dare added that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development endorsed the annual National Youth fiesta achieve the set goals. He added further that" It was also to stem the tide of the youth restiveness in all the nooks and crannies of the country as well as create career path ways for youths".

While declaring the Games open, Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak ably represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports, Mr Shuaib Akanbi urged the youths to resist the temptation of cutting corner to success.

The governor added that sports is unify factor that bind the country together, urged the youths to make the the spirit of patriotism be their watchword.

He said, "if we can have embarked on the training and the retraining of the athletes the issues of unemployment in the country will be checkmated".

Elsewhere, Usulor Usulor of Anambra State and Joshua Ajuozie of Edo state won gold medals in the Judo event at the ongoing National Youth Games in Ilorin. Also, Usulor Usulor defeated Angela Elechi of Delta State in the girls Judo (44kg) final while Joshua Ajuozie of Edo state defeated Kehinde Sulaimon of Lagos in the boy's Judo (42kg) final.

The bronze medal bout, Odunayo Babalola of Ondo State beat Alison Ekong of Akwa Ibom to win bronze medal after a golden score duel in the girl's Judo (44kg) while Ubongabasi Iniobong of Akwa Ibom State beat Success Useni of Borno state to win bronze medal in the boy's Judo (42kg).

Nevertheless, apart from several mechanism put in place by the organizers in order to have a hitch-free tournament; they also served everyone present a delicious lunch.

Aside from the arrival dates on the 7th and 8th September, there was a successful conducted screening exercise for the under 15 athletes at the Multi-purpose hall of the above mentioned school in Ilorin.

Japanese Yukio Yamamoto and his boss from Tokyo where spotted among the VIPs that came to discover talents and witness the 5th edition of the NYG games in ilorin.

In conclusion, Gymnastics, Judo, Wrestling and Cricket began today with outstanding turn-out from the fans and Sports enthusiast while the first threes event mentioned will finished tomorrow others will boost the momentum of the athletes who are certainly gearing to become future champions.
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<![CDATA[SPORT MINISTER storm Uni-ilorin as Areh expressed optimism in 5th National Youth Games]]>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:42:45 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/sport-minister-storm-uni-ilorin-as-areh-expressed-optimism-in-5th-national-youth-games


Incredibly, the newly appointed Minister of Sports: Mr. Sunday Akin Dare spark up the hopes of young lads today when he visited them at the Multi-purpose hall of the University of Ilorin as they undergo their screening towards the Sporting event.

Amazingly, the Sport administrator early visit which was a huge surprise and inspiration to the athletes this evening as he was accompanied by some Directors and Sport buffs will definitely enhance the performance of the participants this year.

However, the annual youth championship which is scheduled to commence from 7th-17th September, will kick-start today with mind-blowing opening ceremony by 2pm at the University Sport Complex.

Meanwhile, the Director of Grassroots Development, Dr. Ademola Are told newsmen, “As you know this is the 5th edition and we are trying to do more in order to improve on our last year performance” he said.

“Especially in the area of screening, facilities, accreditation, welfare and security we are doing all we can in conjunction with University of Ilorin to ensure we have a more successful game this year” he added.

“We intend to conduct a strict screening exercise as the Sporting federation secretaries are involved and we have all the records of the past performances of these athletes such as bio-data, birth certificate which the the ministry have their own records” Areh maintained.

“Coaches and the officials from the States will be disallow to be part of the screening, because definitely they may want to influence and ensure their wards are passed for the competition. We have been very strict and we will follow it through” he explained.

“Adding icing to the cakes, the cultural display and then we are bringing in some artists alongside popular musician: Small Doctor who is a youth himself; so therefore his performance for this children is to enlarge their telescope and fan base of the annual Sport fiesta and also to bring in more awareness into the youth program” 

He continued, “our guest artist followers will be drawn to the game and to enable us see what we are doing, thereby increasing the area of entertainment; were expecting and thirty (30) states that will feature in 34 Sporting activities although four (4) states are yet to arrive; that is why we are looking at the issue of screening, whether to allow
those on the road or not” he told.

MOU that we signed with the University of Ilorin is five (5) years, but I can tell you by the end of next edition which is going to be last event here other venues will be available to us, because so many states have already lining up for the hosting right.

Areh explained further, “the ministry is looking at the area of the next edition in terms of hosting, we want to appreciate God that the game has come to stay” he concluded.

Conclusively, defending champions (Delta State) has brought 380 athletes followed by Anambra with 218 athletes as Edo came with 216 participants while Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom came with 172 and 168 respectively.
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<![CDATA[May Day Rally, Ramadan force postponement]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/may-day-rally-ramadan-force-postponement5878753
The maiden Lagos Media Marathon earlier scheduled for May 1 has been postponed because of the May Day celebrations.
In the last few weeks, the office of the Lagos Media Marathon has been receiving continuous calls from unionists; some of whom are journalists and others outside the media industry who will be part of the May Day celebration and at the same time want to be part of the Media Race.
 
It was in this regard that the organizers toiled with the idea of having the race on May 18 but even before the date was officially announced, Muslim faithful noted that this would again coincide with the Ramadan Fasting and would not be fair on the thousands of them that have already registered to be part of the race.
 
In the light of the constraints occasioned by the May Day celebration as well as the Ramadan Fasting, the organizers have bowed to the pressure to further postpone the maiden Lagos Media Marathon and a new date is to be announced soon.
 
In a similar light, major sponsors hoping to be part of the Media Race have also been pushing for a change in date so that they get a lot of mileage as they support the historic road race which will be the first of its kind in this part of the world.
 
While the registration portal on www.lagosmediamarathon will still be left open for as many as possible interested runners, those that may want a refund of their monies due to the changes in date can indicate.
 
“There is the need to let people know that we are focused on organizing a credible race and we are particular about getting it right even from the first edition.
 
“While we regret the inconveniences that the changes may have caused, we are ready to refund the monies of those that want them back, but for those that are ready to keep faith with us, a new date will be announced soon,” Debo Oshundun the Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Lagos Media Marathon and Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Lagos branch stated.
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<![CDATA[May Day Rally, Ramadan force postponement]]>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:01:12 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/may-day-rally-ramadan-force-postponementThe maiden Lagos Media Marathon earlier scheduled for May 1 has been postponed because of the May Day celebrations.
In the last few weeks, the office of the Lagos Media Marathon has been receiving continuous calls from unionists; some of whom are journalists and others outside the media industry who will be part of the May Day celebration and at the same time want to be part of the Media Race.
 
It was in this regard that the organizers toiled with the idea of having the race on May 18 but even before the date was officially announced, Muslim faithful noted that this would again coincide with the Ramadan Fasting and would not be fair on the thousands of them that have already registered to be part of the race.
 
In the light of the constraints occasioned by the May Day celebration as well as the Ramadan Fasting, the organizers have bowed to the pressure to further postpone the maiden Lagos Media Marathon and a new date is to be announced soon.
 
In a similar light, major sponsors hoping to be part of the Media Race have also been pushing for a change in date so that they get a lot of mileage as they support the historic road race which will be the first of its kind in this part of the world.
 
While the registration portal on www.lagosmediamarathon will still be left open for as many as possible interested runners, those that may want a refund of their monies due to the changes in date can indicate.
 
“There is the need to let people know that we are focused on organizing a credible race and we are particular about getting it right even from the first edition.
 
“While we regret the inconveniences that the changes may have caused, we are ready to refund the monies of those that want them back, but for those that are ready to keep faith with us, a new date will be announced soon,” Debo Oshundun the Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Lagos Media Marathon and Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Lagos branch stated.
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<![CDATA[Registration Opens On Monday For Lagos Media Marathon]]>Sun, 03 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/registration-opens-on-monday-for-lagos-media-marathon

Participants willing to be part of the first edition of the Lagos Media Marathon can start registering for the race from 12 noon today (Monday) organizers have announced.

According to Tony Ubani the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Media Race, those interested can visit the official website for the marathon, lagosmediamarathon.com to complete the simple process.

“Yes, the registration process starts by noon on Monday, we have been receiving a lot of messages from people to know when the portal for registering will be open,  from Monday, people can start the process of being part of this historic event,” Ubani stated.

As earlier stated by the organizers, those in the media and related industries will be registering for free as well as students.

However, other members of the public that also want to be part of the maiden Lagos Media Marathon will be paying a token of N3,000.

With the payment, intending runners are guaranteed among other things; quality running bibs, goodie bag as well as a finisher’s medal.

In a related development, organizers have also announced that physical registration forms for those not disposed to complete the process online will also be made available.

“From Tuesday those that want the physical forms can come to the Teslim Balogun stadium or to the Lagos SWAN secretariat inside the National Stadium at Surulere” Ubani further stated.

The first Lagos Media marathon is billed to take place on May 1, 2019, with at least 30,000 participants expected at the start point.

Only recently, athletics legend Yussuf Alli described the decision of the Lagos chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to organize a road race as one of the best things that happened to marathon and road races since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revived the culture in February 2016 with the Lagos City Marathon.
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<![CDATA[Lagos Media Marathon will enhance Ambode's road races revival says Alli]]>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/lagos-media-marathon-will-enhance-ambodes-road-races-revival-says-alli


Athletics legend Yussuf Alli has described the decision of the Lagos chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to organize a road race as one of the best things that happened to marathon and road races since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revived the culture in February 2016 with the Lagos City Marathon.

“The media is the fourth estate of the realm because journalists set agenda and we follow. The decision to organize a road race which is open to all Nigerians with special prizes for journalists and non-journalists will make millions of Nigerians embrace the culture of running, I am so happy with the decision.”
 Alli who was within the Top 10 ranking in the world during his active years in the men's long jump alongside legends like Carl Lewis and Mike Powel for a decade is now the poster face for the organization of top road races across Nigeria, including the Lagos City Marathon which is an IAAF Bronze Label race, Okpekpe Road Race, Aba Half Marathon and others. 

He said that when media practitioners sing the gospel of walking, jogging, running, general exercise and its immense health benefits more and more citizens will embrace it thus leading to a healthier and more productive workforce and less spending by the government on healthcare.
He added: “ Since Governor Ambode revived the culture of marathon in 2016 with the Lagos City Marathon, there has been an upsurge in the interest of Lagosians and Nigerians alike in road races and marathon, so with the media coming in now, that will even help further."
 Alli said he would be more than willing to also help with the Lagos Media Marathon to make it a success right from its first edition.
 The Lagos City Marathon General  Manager commended the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ,  and other relevant bodies that were involved in the planning of the Lagos Media Marathon fixed for May 1, 2019.
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<![CDATA[Ubani Urges Public, Private Support For Lagos Media Marathon]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:37:51 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/ubani-urges-public-private-support-for-lagos-media-marathonThe chairman of the Organising Committee for the Lagos Media Marathon, Tony Ubani has urged public and privates’ companies across the country to partner, support and sponsor the first marathon race being championed by journalists.

The upcoming Lagos Media Marathon scheduled for May 1st, 2019 is not exclusive to only journalists, it is opened to every member of the public to participate and have fun. Journalists and students will be participating for free while other interested members of the public will be paying a token of N3,000 for registration.

With the N3, 000 registration fee, participants are guaranteed a quality goodie bag, quality running kits as well as medal among other things.

Ubani noted that the gains and positives that can be derived from the Lagos Media Marathon are enormous as sponsoring the Lagos Media Marathon is a win-win situation for intending partners as the event is not a one-off.
Secondly, Ubani noted that a lot of international journalists will also be coming in for the Lagos Media Marathon and they will be going back with good news about Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.

The media's involvement would further encourage more Nigerians to imbibe the culture of running which is good for healthy living.

In addition, “Apart from the main race which will be held on May 1, we have a long list of other activities that would keep our sponsors and partners in the news, “ Ubani assured.
Ubani revealed that a special school programme in conjunction with Lagos State Athletics Association is being planned and also a Marathon Expo are all being put in place.
The Lagos Media Marathon Organising Committee chairman said it will be gladdening to have the first media marathon ever in Africa and possibly in the world in Lagos, Nigeria.
The registration for the Lagos Media Marathon will officially take off on Friday, March 1st.
Interested participants can either visit lagosmediamarathon.com  to register or pick physical forms  at various centres that would be announced soon.
 It is expected that over 30,000 runners will feature in this inaugural edition of the Lagos Media Marathon.
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<![CDATA[Lagos Media Marathon Not Exclusive To Journalists- Lagos SWAN Chairman]]>Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://titansportsnig.com/news/lagos-media-marathon-not-exclusive-to-journalists-lagos-swan-chairman

The Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Debo Oshundun has said the upcoming Lagos Media Marathon scheduled for May 1st is not exclusive to only journalists.

Speaking over the weekend in Lagos, Oshundun who is the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee said the Lagos Media Marathon though being spearheaded by journalists is opened to every member of the public to participate and have fun.

He explained that just like there is the Aviation Marathon in Singapore that is organized by stakeholders in the aviation industry but its open to every runner and Comrade Marathon organized by miners in South Africa and participation is usually for everybody, the Lagos Media Marathon, a 10km and 5km road race is open to participants outside the media industry.

 “It is necessary we make this clarification because some erroneously think that the Lagos Media Marathon is only for journalists, it is for everybody, everybody across Nigeria and beyond are all welcomed to be part of the race” the Lagos SWAN chairman stated.

He added:  “The only difference is that while journalists and students will not be paying any registration fees, other members of the general public will be paying a token of N3, 000 to participate in the Lagos Media Marathon”

According to Oshundun, with the N3, 000 registration fee, participants are guaranteed a quality goodie bag, quality running kits as well as medal among other things.

Oshundun also announced that the registration for the Lagos Media Marathon will officially take off on Friday, March 1st.

“The registration will begin on March 1st on our website lagosmediamarathon.com where people can pay and be entered immediately. Physical forms will also be made available at various centers that would be announced soon,” he concluded.

Already, organizers have stated that they are expecting over 30,000 runners in this inaugural edition of the Lagos Media Marathon.
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