By: Samuel Bamisebi
The 26th edition of the Nigeria University Games Association is set to hold from the 16th to 26th March, 2022 at the University of Lagos and the host university on Friday, 26th November 2021 held the official flag off ceremony.
The event was held in the presence of many dignitaries and students of the University as well who have received it with somewhat open arms as the official event mascot was unveiled as well as the theme song for the competition.
In conversation with a few students around, they shared their thoughts on how they felt about the games coming to Unilag, the readiness and their expectations. Below are the responses.
“It’s awesome and I’m very happy as everyone else is. NUGA is a platform that can serve as a launchpad for our students to take off as many students interested in sports will get the opportunity to showcase their talent. As for readiness, it has been the management doing their thing without placing major roles in students hands. We can do better in terms of awareness and publicity and that’s where I feel the students would have done much better.”_ Emmanuel Oladeji, 400L Arts and Social Science Department (President Education Student Association of Nigeria, Unilag Chapter[ESAN]).
“I feel great. I never envisaged that I’ll see the NUGA games happen live. It’s more of a myth of ancient history rather than recent especially because it’s been so long Unilag hosted it. I’m ecstatic, the vibes is out there and it’s only positive vibes.”_ Tolu Egun, 400L Department of Human Kinetics (ESAN Assistant Sports Secretary 19/20 session)
“It feels great to be a physical witness of the NUGA games. We only hear about it when student go out to compete and all but I’ve never physically attended any. This would be a great experience for me and I know the games would be something worth watching. Fingers crossed and I’m hoping my expectations would be met on a golden plate. I hope Unilag wins the competition amidst a funfilled games, with spirit of sportsmanship on display and also take the opportunity to meet new people and make friends from other Universities.”_ Damilola David (200L Department of Computer Science)
“The expectations are high from the organizers, students and even hosting athletes. Myself I’m eager to host and mingle with other Nigerian students.”_ Olumiyiwa Alaofin (Alunmi, Former ESAN Sports Secretary 18/19 Session)
Undoubtedly, students are already getting set for the fiesta and the University of Lagos already set the tone for what is to be one of the best, if not the best edition of the games after the first ever Mascot unveiling and theme song as well, produced by the award winning Mavin Records CEO, Don Jazzy.
Truly, it’s almost Game Time and the stage is almost set.