Starlite Group appoints OLadipo Executive Director
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
A sports marketing and promotion company, Starlite Group has appointed the President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu OLadipo as its Executive Director.
Handing over his appointment letter to him in his office, the chairman of the company, Dr. Ademola Olabisi Are who was represented by the Technical Director, Engr, Sonny Oyeyemi accompanied by the Secretary, and Welfare Officers; Paul Ovientaoba and Mrs. Taiwo Balogun explained that they considered him worthy for the appointment because of his track records and the fact that as a global name in football, he will use his wealth of experience to add value to the affairs of the group.
According to him, Starlite Group is out to change the face of sports business not only in Nigeria but the entire West African sub- region so as to help talented young men and women achieve their potentials in sports positing that they’re already working with their partners in Europe and Asia to achieve their set objective.
“At Starlite, we are not trying to make immediate profit like others because we believe in long time business investment and planning. Right now, we’ve partners in the United States, Europe, United Arab Emirates and particularly in Valencia, Spain and we’re already working with some states and individuals in the country in order to change the narratives of sports business in Nigeria and the entire West Africa.
“When we had our football programme recently in Benin Republic, it attracted notable stars like John Fashanu and Kanu Nwankwo. We also have 35 agents from Spain and Sweden and that’s what we want to bring here”, he stated.
He further explained that they’re going to take the issue of girl- child involvement in sports serious noting that girls need all the encouragement to excel in sports especially now that many countries are allowing their women to take part in sporting activities.
Accepting the appointment, OLadipo commended the company for finding him worthy for the position stating that he accepted the offer because he discovered that the company believes in the development of youths and turning them to breadwinners of their families and employers of labour just as he promised to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the running of the affairs of the company.
He further explained that he accepted to work with the Group because they believe in FIFA’s preaching of combing education with sports which he said will be pursued vigorously by the company even as he commended the Group for its grassroots sports development plans.
“I believe that Starlite Group will go places with their noble plans. For the last few months I’ve worked with them, I have seen that they’re capable of bringing changes in sports business in the country and am happy to be part of the Group’, concluded OLadipo who also doubles as President of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control ( NBB of C ).