2022 NUGA: Uniport leads as 2 Gold medalists publicly announce marriage proposal

To complete the night were lavish displays of calisthenics and cultural dances by separate troupes such as students of UNILAG staff school, Creative Arts Department and Dance Na The Main Thing contemporary dance group. Simultaneously, a 15-minute fireworks display beautified the Lagos Skyline and transformed the venue into a carnival.

The University of Port Harcourt has emerged the overall winner having amassed 76 medals-38 gold, 17 silver and 21 bronze medals. The school from Rivers State is followed by the host, University of Lagos with 51 medals-20 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals.

NILE University of Nigeria, Abuja, is placed third with 24 medals-nine gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals, followed by Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, with 13 medal-six gold, six silver and one bronze medals.

University of Ilorin is placed fifth with 16 medals-four gold, six silver and six bronze medals.

Federal University Ado Ekiti, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Uyo, Abubakar Balewa University and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta occupy the sixth, seventh, eight, nineth and 10th positions.

Curated by Idris Olorunnimbe led full-service creative agency, The Temple Company, NUGA ceremony also featured music performances by ‘Finese’ crooner, Pheelz and 9ice of the ‘Gongo Aso’ fame. Athletes and officials were also treated to performance of the NUGA theme by Tosin Martins, Bisola and Mavin Records act, Magixx.

To complete the night were lavish displays of calisthenics and cultural dances by separate troupes such as students of UNILAG staff school, Creative Arts Department and Dance Na The Main Thing contemporary dance group. Simultaneously, a 15-minute fireworks display beautified the Lagos Skyline and transformed the venue into a carnival.

No fewer than 75 private and public institutions from across the country is taking part in the Games.

The 10-day ceremony features about 17 sporting activities with over 14,000 athletes while Unilag Indoor Sports Hall, YabaTech, Rowe Park, Yaba and Onikan Stadium serving as venues.

Meanwhile. two gold medalists who publicly announced their marriage proposal at the just concluded 26th Nigeria University Games (NUGA) at the University of Lagos, have been honoured.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a student of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Sunday Ambule, had on Wednesday, during the games, openly proposed to his love, Sa’adatu Hashime, from the same University.

The Vice-Chancellor of the UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made this known on Saturday in his closing remark when he ushered the two love birds on stage to the admiration of the audience.

Speaking during the event, Ogundipe lauded both students for adding extra flavour to the excitement of the 26th NUGA games.

“The icing of this game is the athletes that proposed to one another, the man won gold, also the woman.

“This competition will ever remain fresh in the minds of the two intending couple and I will be happy to be the father of the day whenever they are ready to tie the knot.

“This is the first time we are experiencing something of such, so I praise their courage,” he said.

For Ambule, a student of Social Studies Education at ABU, he proposed to his love because it was a perfect time since they were both athletes competing in the tournament.

“I chose the tournament because I met her through sports, she is an athlete like me. She is adorable and she fully understands me. She has been encouraging me a lot,” he said.

The lady of the moment, Hashime from the same department with Ambule, who could not contain her joy, told NAN that the day was one of her best moments.

“I feel so honoured and, of course, one of my best moments ever. I was shocked when he proposed to me and when we were called on stage. We feel so honoured,” she said.

NAN reports that University of Port Harcourt won the 26th NUGA with the host, Unilag, in second position and Nile University, Abuja, winning the third position.

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