Johnkennedy Uzoma, Owerri
Founder and chairman, Akarachi Foundation, Engr. Akarachi Amadi, has been honoured with triple awards by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN, Imo State Chapter for his deep commitment in the grassroot sports development in the state.
The young administrator was honoured as a distinguished patron, Imo 2020 Best Grassroots Football Development Award of Excellence and was presented with a certificate of merit.
Receiving the awards, Engr. Akarachi eulogised the important role sports journalists play in the promotion and development of grassroots sports.
He noted that the role of sports journalists in nation-building cannot be overlooked hence his huge respect for the revered fourth estate of the realm.
He enjoined the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Imo Chapter to continue to partner with Akarachi Foundation and called on them to give more publicity to the 2020/2021 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament which his foundation is sponsoring with over N20 million.
He expressed joy over the kind of publicity his football competition which started about a month ago have so fair received.
He said: “I am thrilled to have these sports juggernaut in Imo State behind me and I am happy that I am now a Patron of the Association in the State which I know will open more doors’.
He reminded them that the competition is there project and they must do everything to support it while expressing his joy for receiving the first group in his corporate office.
Engr. Akarachi Amadi also promised to give Imo SWAN office a facelift to ensure that it conforms with the latest trend in sports reporting and casting.
The philanthropist while appreciating Imo SWAN for his investiture as a Patron of the Association and also naming him as the 2020 Imo Best Grassroots Football Development with a certificate of merit, invited Imo SWAN to the final of the 2020/21 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament which comes up on January 3rd, 2021 at the Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Stadium, Iho, Ikeduru LGA.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman, Imo SWAN, Everest Ezihe pointed out that Engr. Akarachi Amadi was carefully chosen after a painstaking survey which was conducted by the members association and he enjoined the Founder and Chairman of Akarachi Foundation to continue with his good works for humanity.
He promised the association’s unflinching support in the coverage of his events just as they have been doing with the publicity accorded the 2020/21 Mbaike Unity Football Tournament so far.