We’ll not get tired of cel­e­brat­ing Nige­ri­ans – Ogun­tade

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Chonoko, Lon­don

Nige­ria’s High Com­mis­sioner to the United King­dom, Am­bas­sador Ge­orge Ogun­tade said the High Com­mis­sion will not get tired of cel­e­brat­ing Nige­ri­ans, who do the coun­try proud.

The high com­mis­sioner made the re­marks in Lon­don at a re­cep­tion in hon­our of Larry Ekun­dayo, a UK-based Nige­rian boxer, who re­cently be­came Euro­pean In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion Wel­ter­weight Cham­pion.

Ogun­tade said Ekun­dayo’s ex­ploits in the box­ing ring had “por­trayed our coun­try, Nige­ria, in pos­i­tive light while serv­ing as a role model for other com­pa­tri­ots”.

He said Ekun­dayo’s vic­tory over his op­po­nent demon­strated “the can-dospirit of the Nige­rian wher­ever he finds him­self”, and urged all Nige­ri­ans to be ded­i­cated to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in their spheres of en­deav­our. De­scrib­ing the new cham­pion as a “credit to Nige­ria”, Am­bas­sador Ogun­tade said with hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, the sky was the limit for Nige­ri­ans in di­as­pora and at home.

Ekun­dayo, who pre­sented his new belt to Ogun­tade, thanked the high com­mis­sion for recog­nis­ing and cel­e­brat­ing his achieve­ment.

The 36-year old La­gos-born boxer, nick­named ‘The Nat­u­ral’ be­came the new cham­pion fol­low­ing his unan­i­mous points vic­tory over John Thain in a 12 round en­counter in Lon­don on July 13.

Photo: PSN

From left: Chair­man, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria (PSN) In­ter­pro­fes­sional Com­mit­tee, Ifeanyi Atueyi; Pres­i­dent PSN Ahmed Yaka­sai; and Pres­i­dent NMA, Dr Fran­cis Faduy­ile, dur­ing a re­cent cour­tesy call by NMA Lead­er­ship to PSN in La­gos

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