Lt. Gen. Victor Malu (1947-2017)

LT. Gen. Victor Samuel Leonard Malu, a former Chief of Army Staff and Commander of the Economic Community of West African States peace-keeping force, ECOMOG, died recently in Cairo, Egypt, aged 70. A highly decorated soldier, Malu’s military career featured many remarkable achievements. He was well known for his assertiveness and boldness in airing his…

Another look at survivalist PDP defectors

It is becoming eerily predictable, that is, the uninspiring and increasingly, less shocking episode of a member elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defecting to the now ballooning,  All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in the House of Representatives. The drab drama, which I wish  I don’t have to watch, starts with…

Attack on APC govt: Presidency hits back at Jonathan

Goodluck jonathan

The Presidency responded to the dismissal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a failure by former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the former president has no moral ground to criticise Buhari. Receiving a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant in the forthcoming national convention of the party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Jonathan had said the AllRead More

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NDDC Director, Amu-Nnadi appointed Resident Poet

The Port Harcourt Literary Society has appointed Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, an award winning poet and a Deputy Director in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as Resident Poet of the organisation. The appointment letter was presented to Amu-Nnadi at the NDDC’s headquarters in Port Harcourt on Friday by Mrs Chidinma Ubakanwa, Coordinator, of the Port […]

Nigeria: Local academy promotes the US sport to the youths

Baseball is not new to Nigeria, but a local training academy wants to take the sport all the way to home base.

The Baseball Tomorrow Academy (BTA) together with the US embassy in the capital Abuja held clinics run by former major league baseball stars.

Up to 60 children between the ages of 12 and 15 from five different states took part in the training.

“When we came here, I knew I could not bat ball but now I know I can bat ball very well, but when it comes to catching before I can’t catch that perfectly but now I knew I can catch it very well,” said a player, Ansalem Adamu.

A former professional pitcher in the US major league, Jeremy Guthrie was the head coach for the camp.
“I think they have exceeded expectations. They have a good foundation, good coaching and a good understanding of baseball. So, a very nice start for baseball here in Nigeria with these kids here,” he said.

Local coach, Auta Williams said the game is low key among Nigerian kids adding that many take up football from a young age, but with more professional training, the aim is to make it more mainstream and maybe even build teams that can compete internationally.

Although many take up football from a young age, with more professional training, the aim is to make it more mainstream and maybe even build teams that can compete internationally.

“They are doing a great job by spreading baseball around the country, you know to utilize it as an opportunity to engage youths in Nigeria in very positive things, not only teaching them about sports and the value of exercising and maintaining good health but also talking about drugs and staying away from drugs, about being leaders in their communities, about teamwork. All the things that will make them good citizens” said Russel Brooks, the information officer at the US embassy in Abuja.

Baseball is still developing in most parts of Africa.

One of the most famous players from the continent is South African-born Gift Ngoepe, the first African to appear in a Major League Baseball game.