By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The African Warriors Fighting Championship is the leading promoter of traditional combat sports in Nigeria.
For its first event in Lagos, the organisation has partnered with the Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria and the Lagos State Traditional Sports Association to showcase athletes from around Nigeria competing in Dambe and wrestling.
On Saturday September 14, 2019, the African Warriors Fighting Championship held ‘The Battle for Lagos’, its first event in the city.
The event, held in Jalisco Stadium, Oshodi, featured athletes from Lagos, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi competing in Dambe, a form of boxing native to Northern Nigeria, and athletes from Lagos and Enugu competing in wrestling.
Despite heavy rain on the day, the event attracted a sizeable crowd and caught the attention of the international media with CNN, The BBC and various other media outlets in attendance.
Several government stakeholders joined the event including Basheer Augusto, Vice President of the Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria.
Basheer Augusto, Vice President of the Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria, said:“We have had a great day today, and I am very excited for the future of the African Warriors Fighting Championship. The Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria and I will continue to work with the African Warriors Fighting Championship to raise the profile of traditional sports both at home and abroad.
“Founded by Maxwell Kalu, The African Warriors Fighting Championship launched in April held its first event in Enugu.
Starting with Nigeria, the organisation aims to nurture traditional sports and increase opportunities for Nigerian athletes. African Warriors’ headline annual event,
“Coronation of Kings’ is planned for Lagos in December and will feature a wider selection of athletes competing in Dambe and wrestling.
“We have brought athletes from around Nigeria together and have demonstrated the unifying power of sport. There has never been a better time to do what we are doing, and the great reception we have had both nationally and internationally is testament to this.
“This is just the beginning. We are planning our headline annual event ‘Coronation of Kings’ for Lagos in December and look forward to showcasing traditional sports on a larger scale then.” Explained Kalu