Tejuosho, others to make badminton hall of fame
The Badminton Federation of Nigeria plans to induct the Osile of Oke Ona Egbaland Oba Adedapo Tejuoso and other badminton veterans to the National Badminton Hall of Fame.
The BFN President, Francis Orbih, made this known in an interview with our correspondent.
According to Orbih, the hall of fame induction would form part of activities for the National Badminton Festival the federation plans to organise at the end of this year.
He said the federation wanted to honour veterans who had contributed to the growth of the game in the country.
“One of the things we want to do this year, to round up our activities for the year is to have a National Badminton Festival, we want to plan it from the beginning of the year,” he told The PUNCH.
“At that festival, we will have active players coming to play, then we will have veterans and the junior ones, including schools championships. It might be a week-long activity and at the end of the event, we’ll have an award night where we want to institute the Nigerian Badminton Hall of Fame.
“We intend to be inducting people who have contributed to the growth of badminton in the area of administration, in the area of playing and technical, which includes coaches and umpires to the hall of fame.
“We have people like Oba Tejuosho, he was Chairman Lagos, he was National Chairman and he became the African Chairman, even in the world body, he became the vice chairman. He is alive, he is in Abeokuta, a lot of times, people don’t even mention him.
“People like that should be inducted to the Nigerian Badminton Hall of Fame, including others like Samson Egbeyemi (a retired player). We have a lot of veterans and legends who have done so much for the game, so, we want to begin to honour them, not when people are dead. We even have those who are dead who were never remembered and still not remembered. For such people, we’ll give them post-humous awards and let their families come and know that whatever they contributed towards the growth of the game is being appreciated.”