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LASU and UNILAG to co-host 11th African University Games: A milestone in sports excellence

In an exciting development, the Lagos State University (LASU) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) are preparing to jointly host the 11th African University Games, scheduled to take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 29, as announced by Chidiebere Ezeani, the Acting Secretary-General of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA).

Ezeani emphasised the significance of this collaboration, stating, “LASU and UNILAG have joined forces to co-host this prestigious event.” The sporting extravaganza will feature a diverse range of disciplines across two categories: individual sports such as athletics, badminton, chess, judo, table tennis, tennis, karate, taekwondo, and swimming, as well as team sports including basketball, football, volleyball, and handball.

During the commissioning of projects at Lagos State University earlier this month, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olú reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the African university sports community. Ezeani noted that this initiative aligns with the governor’s vision to promote sports development and provide world-class facilities for athletes.

A unique aspect of the event is the historic co-hosting by female vice chancellors of the respective universities. Professor Folasade Ogunsola, the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, and her counterpart, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the 9th Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, will lead this groundbreaking collaboration.


Prof. Ogunsola outlined plans for hosting university sports with existing facilities, including the recently commissioned 240-bed sports hostel. “We will leverage the excellent facilities developed during the NUGA Games in 2021,” she said. Prof. Olatunji-Bello expressed gratitude to the Governor of Lagos State for his support and highlighted the event’s significance for Lagos State and the broader Nigerian university community.

NUGA’s Acting President, Dr. Bawa Mohammed, commended LASU and UNILAG for their continuous contribution to the development of university sports in Nigeria. He encouraged them to showcase the warmth of Nigerian hospitality and provide Africa with a memorable experience during the 11th African University Games.

The 11th African University Games is poised to be a celebration of athleticism, unity, and cultural exchange, solidifying Nigeria’s commitment to the growth of sports on the continent.

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