*finals hold Sunday
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Not less than five million Naira is being spent to host a successful third edition of the Graffiti, Basketball and Music (GBAM) Fiesta as it gradually gains momentum at the Indoor Gymnasium Hall, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
General Coordinator of GBAM, Murpheus Major Idoko, disclosed this when fielding questions from newsmen at the venue of the event on Saturday.
“So far we have spent approximately five million Naira in ensuring that GBAM is a huge success. A lot of things gulped the funds like logistics, accommodation, prize money, DJ, and others.
“All officials used are registered with associations some came from Abuja and we had to lodge them.
” The winners of the adult category will get N500k, N200k will go to first runners up, while the second runners up get N100k, special prizes like the Highest Goal Scorer, MVP and others will get N25k each,” he said.
He explained that being the third edition, they learnt from and corrected lapses identified from the first two.
“This is the third edition it is an idea birthed from my radio programme. We want to reach youth to kick against drug abuse and vices through using basketball and entertainment which they ate attracted to and get the youth together to find ways they can get career in sports.
“Before we started, we had first edition in January, for adults, we made the entrance based on PVCs. In November, we had one for secondary schools, we will have the finals for the secondary schools took tomorrow,” he informed.
On why the gate fees for entrance to watch the events are on the ‘high side’ he explained that they did that to ward off trouble shooters.
“Pegging the gate fee at N1,000 was strategic. I realised that the gate fee determines the crowd you get. If you put it at N200 we would have trouble. We want everybody to come, but not everyone,” he stressed.Basketball and Music 20 to 22 December 2019
On the successes of previous editions, he said that several have been spotted by scouts who they invite to watch the games.
“This is bigger than just having fun. We always invite s outs and stakeholders. We have someone spotted in the first one, now he is studying in ABU.
On sponsorship, he lamented that all those that indicated interest couldn’t meet up before the event.
“A lot of promises were made but none of them fulfilled. Apart from myself and team that put money together, no support even the government promised but is yet to fulfill.
“The few brands you see around, they didn’t give us money, but they are given us products and services support,” he added.
The event which started on December 20 will be ending on December 22, with organisers expressing optimism of a colourful closing ceremony.
“At the final, there will be an All Star Game featuring prominent people in society, artistes like Hot Ice, DIA will be performing. DIA dominates Northern states and Hot Ice is coming in from Lagos,” he said.
The three-day event features Graffiti, Basketball and Music.
Ten teams are participating in the adult category, while five are battling for honours in the secondary schools category.