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Ecobank Mobile App Name Official Bank Service Platform of Okpekpe Road Race



Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the acclaimed Okpekpe International Road Race, has named Ecobank Mobile App as the official Banking Service platform for the 2018 edition of the race slated for Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe, Edo State.


Mike Itemuagbor, Chief Executive Officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing and Chief Promoter of the Okpekpe International Road Race said the Ecobank Mobile App is most suited for the Okpekpe 10km Road Race being an app that has been adopted across Africa.



Mr. Itemuagbor observed that the Ecobank App would adequately cater for the over 5000 local and international professional athletes expected at the competition, in addition to the large number of sports enthusiasts and government officials from across the continent.



According to him, “The Okpekpe Road Race is a global competition.



“It is therefore natural we look for a bank with a service platform that has international appeal. This informed our choice of Ecobank Mobile App.



“We have a long partnership with Ecobank based on the bank’s African appeal which best suits our dream to become one of the most sought after long distance races in the world.



“Our athletes come from all over Africa and they have testified that Ecobank products best suit them, enabling them access their funds at any point in time, especially during the competition as they do not need to carry cash or source foreign exchange.



In his comment, Charles Kie, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria said the Ecobank Mobile App is a game changer for African banking by using digital technology to combat many of the financial inclusion barriers faced by those on the continent.


He said Ecobank’s strategic mission is built around using mobile banking to deliver innovative, efficient and cost-effective services to every African.



“Our app not only removes the barriers that have financially excluded so many Africans but offers next generation functionality to help them send money, make withdrawals or pay for goods and services.


“Customers can use the app on their mobile to instantly open Ecobank Xpress Account, which doesn’t have any account fees, paperwork or minimum balance requirements, or to send and receive money across 33 African countries,” he said.



The Ecobank Mobile App which was launched in 2016 currently has over 4 million users registered and has consummated over one billion dollars’ transaction value.



The international 10km road race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and Rights Acquisition business in Nigeria in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Edo State Government.



The competition has set the pace for other road races in Nigeria and West Africa.


It is the first road race in West Africa to be designated by the IAAF as one of the leading road races around the world since the classification was introduced in 2008.


For three years since 2015, the race was organised under the prestigious IAAF Road Race Bronze Label and now it is the first road race to be granted a silver label status in West Africa.



The 2018 edition of the Race which holds on May 12th is the 6th edition.


It will have over 5,000 runners participating and has also received endorsements from local and international athletes as well as governments.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Betway Launches Multi Bet Promo Aimed At Rewarding This December



Betway, International online sports betting platform has announced the launch of a new promotion that will be rewarding its customers this festive season.


Betway, the official partner and sponsor of the first ever Nigerian 5-a-side league, will be rewarding sports enthusiasts with mouth-watering bonuses in its Multi Bet Madness promo.


Betway is giving customers the chance to supercharge their wagering with payout increases on all Multi Bets.


For every Multi Bet placed this month, Betway will give a payout increase on winnings depending on the number of bets in a bet slip.


To participate in this promotion is easy; customers must place Multi Bets on any sport. The value of the increased payout is dependent on how many fixtures you have in a Multi Bet.


The payout increase will be credited within 24 hours following the settlement of the qualifying Multi Bet.


Lere Awokoya, Country Manager Betway, said “This promotion is all about rewarding Nigerian customers during the holiday season.


“Betway is committed to making customers happy and satisfied at all times and one way we can do that is by frequently rewarding our loyal customers with fantastic promos.”


Betway has been involved in many promotional activities since its entry into the Nigerian market and looks forward to introducing much more reward-based promotions in the future.

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Betway Rounds off 5s League as Ikeja- All Stars Emerge Winner



After 12 weeks of exciting football action in the Betway 5s League, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, Ikeja All-Stars defeated G12 on penalties at The Landmark Beach Front, Victoria Island, Lagos to win the NGN 1 Million grand prize.


Since the start of the Betway 5’s League, the competition has helped boost the popularity of 5-a-side football in Nigeria as 24 teams took part in the games which were held across 4 locations in Lagos.


At the finale, the Special Eagles, Nigerian Amputee football team fresh from the Amputee World Cup in Mexico, thrilled spectators to some beautiful football, showing many why they got the opportunity to represent Nigeria and qualify for the prestigious event.


Football lovers were not left out as cash prizes and other gift items were won on the final day of the league.


Excited fans participated in ball juggling competitions and showed their knowledge of football by taking part in quizzes.


A football freestyle competition also held between 2 top free-stylists.


At the end of the final match, awards were presented to players who distinguished themselves during the season.


The Golden ball went to Chidi Nwankwo of Ikeja All-Stars as the best player of the league, Emeka Asogwa of Vic FC was presented with the Golden Shoe as the highest goal scorer of the league.


Adelana Ademola of Ikeja All-Stars was presented with the Golden Gloves.


Speaking at the event, Mr Lere Awokoya, Country Manager, Betway said “The competition was fierce but healthy, the passion for the game was very much present throughout and we hope to spread the love deeper and wider.


“This has been nothing short of an awesome season and we are excited about doing more towards building sports in Nigeria”


In attendance at the end of the event were Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lottery Board, Mr Seun Anibaba, Head of Finance & Accounts Lagos State Lottery Board, Mr Adeyinka Suleman, Country Director, Betway Mr Chris Ubosi and other dignitaries.


Betway, the official kit sponsor of English Premier League side, West Ham, has been involved in many sports activities since its entry into the Nigerian betting market.




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Betway Kicks Off Premier 5-A-side Football League in Nigeria



Betway, a leading international online and mobile sports betting operator, has announced the formation of Nigeria’s first amateur 5-a-side football league, tagged ‘the Betway 5s League’.

The league will kick off in September, 2018 in the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos.

Betway has been an active force in Nigeria improving community relations, grassroots football, fitness, and the love of the game, as well as being the official kit sponsor of Premier League club West Ham United, a statement on Wednesday said.

Mr Lere Awokoya, Country Manager, Betway Nigeria, said “The Betway 5s League is organized primarily to further encourage the growing culture of 5-a-side football in Nigeria by creating a competitive annual league.”

“It should be a very competitive nine weeks of football and we expect a lot of talent to be display.”

The league, which will be made up of 24 registered teams, will be played in four locations across Lagos.

These locations include two venues on Lagos Island (Lekki), and two venues on the Lagos Mainland (Ikeja and Surulere).

Matches will be held on Saturdays at each location over a 5-week regular season.

After the season has been completed, a playoff involving the league’s four top teams from across the two zones will decide the league’s champions.

The winning team will claim One Million Naira in prize money, while the second and third placed teams will also receive cash prizes.

It is hoped that the Betway 5s league will foster comradeship and inter-community relationships, as players and fans from all over Lagos get the opportunity to interact with one another, sharing moments and memories.

Additionally, the league will also offer an avenue for recreation and physical exercise, which will in turn improve the fitness and general wellbeing of all who participate.

Fans of the league will be able to watch game highlights, view team standings and see player stats on the official website at which will be updated weekly.

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