Lagos Businessman Organizes N5 Million Football Match with Sponsors' Support

Lagos businessman organizes N5M football match between his 'electricians and carpenters' and a team selected by Twitter followers, highlighting the power of social media to promote grassroots sports.

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Lagos Businessman Organizes N5 Million Football Match with Sponsors' Support

Lagos Businessman Organizes N5 Million Football Match with Sponsors' Support

Lagos-based businessman Suraj Oyewale, popularly known as Sir J J9, has organized a football match with a N5 million prize for his team of 'electricians and carpenters' to play against a team selected by his Twitter followers. Oyewale, a football enthusiast, challenged his followers to select players who are not professionals to play against his team, with the promise of a N5 million prize if they win.

The match is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024. Oyewale has received sponsorships from various individuals and corporate bodies to support the event. Michael Taiwo donated N1 million, while Sycamore Nigeria pledged N200,000 per goal scored. The sponsors expressed their support for Oyewale's leadership and the uniting force of grassroots football.

Why this matters: This event highlights the power of social media to bring people together and promote grassroots sports. It also demonstrates how individual initiatives can garner corporate support and sponsorship for community events.

However, the selection of the Twitter team has faced some criticism, with allegations of bias towards influencers and celebrities. Oyewale defended the selection, citing the short time frame to coordinate the match and the availability of the biggest 'banterers' of his football abilities.

Key Takeaways

  • Lagos businessman organizes N5M football match between 'electricians/carpenters' and Twitter team.
  • Match has received sponsorships from individuals and corporate bodies, including N1M from Michael Taiwo.
  • Event highlights power of social media to promote grassroots sports and garner corporate support.
  • Selection of Twitter team faces criticism for alleged bias towards influencers and celebrities.
  • Organizer defends selection citing limited time to coordinate the match and availability of 'banterers'.