Nollywood star, university don join Okpekpe celebrity train
Leading Nollywood actress and presenter of Bold Faces on TV, Tricia Eseigbe and the Vice-chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Onimawo Ignatius Akhakhia have joined the celebrity cast for the 5th Okpekpe international 10km road race.
The race hold on May 13 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo state.
Eseigbe and Professor Onimawo will not be running for the cash prizes on offer at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label event but for charity.
“Tricia, the beautiful TV presenter and Nollywood actress will be running to raise awareness about child sex abuse which is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent use child for sexual stimulation,’’ revealed Dare Esan,spokesman for the race.
“Professor Onimawo, an alumnus of the great University of Ibadan is an academia of high repute, who has distinguished himself in areas of research and publications.
“He has as many as 116 publications nationally and internationally with 20 in nutritional research to his credit.
“He understandably will be running at the Okpekpe race to raise awareness about the dangers of cultism, especially in our ivory towers,’’ noted Esan,
The spokesman of the race expressed the organisers’ delight at the way credible Nigerians and institutions had continued to embrace the platform provided by the Okpekpe race to create awareness and raise funds for causes and charity.
“By taking part in the Okpekpe race, participants will not only get to excel as a runner and test their endurance levels, but they will also get to raise awareness and contribute towards social causes.
“This year’s Okpekpe international 10km road race platform is open to all interested NGOs in Nigeria, who have noble causes to project.’’
Last year we had four charity partners and this year the number has increased.
It is the only road race in Nigeria that is recognised by both the IAAF and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) because its race course has been measured by an accredited measurer using the approved calibrated method.
The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria. ##