Archive | November, 2013

Nigeria’s new Performance Directors attend Making of Champions Screening in Abuja!

22 Nov

Images from the Abuja  screening of  Making of Champions: “The  History”, including the Director Bambo Akani sitting  and chatting with the new Performance Directors Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell (front row)

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On Tuesday, Nigeria unveiled to the world the signings of two new performance directors to overhaul Sports in the country, Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell. Angie Taylor, a Track & Field coach for over 20 years at various American Universities and USA head coach at the 2003 World Championships, has been hired to oversee Athletics (Track & Field), Boxing, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the High Performance Centre in Abuja. Eric Cambpell, who was previously a Track & Field Coach at Georgia State and the Youth and Junior National Team Coach for Saudi Arabia, was hired as the Performance Director of Athletics specifically.

These hires could signal a turning point for Sports Performance in Nigeria, and are clear indications that the current Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abduallahi, is intent on making a big impact in a sector where Nigeria has long performed below its potential. Indeed, besides football, Africa’s most populous nation with 170 million people has not even begun to scratch the surface of its sporting potential.

One might recall that in August, immediately following the World Championships, the Honourable Minister held a 3-day strategy session, flying in three consultants from London (including Making of Champions Founder, Bambo Akani) to help chart the course for installing a High Performance System for Sports in Nigeria. At the time, he boldly stated that there would be some important announcements come November, and he has proved true to his word.

“The Fire can only come with Reward” – Bambo Akani answering a question during the Q&A which followed the Abuja screening of the Making of Champions film:

Somewhat fortuitously, the arrival of the new foreign Performance Directors in Nigeria coincided with the Abuja screening on Monday of the Making of Champions: “The History” documentary about Nigerian Athletics, that we’ve spent the last year making. As such, the two new hires attended the screening as guests of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President and Technical Advisor, Solomon Ogba and Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, who were also in attendance.

AFN Technical Director, Commodore Nesiama commenting on the film after the viewing: “The Making of Nigerian Champions begins now!”

It will be very interesting to see how things begin to unfold in Nigerian Sports in the coming months and years. The new Performance Directors will need at least one Olympic cycle (4 years) to get Nigeria firing on all cylinders in the respective sports they have been mandated to focus on. The one question that will have to be answered, if the goal is for Nigeria to, for example, one day rival the Jamaicans and USA in Athletics on the world stage, is whether two American Performance Directors can take us to that promised land – only time will tell. One thing is for certain, the whole world will be watching, with baited breath, to see what Nigeria does, as we enter a new era for Sports in the country – let the Making of Nigerian Champions begin!


6 Nov

The journey we embarked on almost exactly a year ago, to understand why and how Nigerian Athletics has fallen by the wayside on the world stage, has reached a critical and momentous phase. The Making of Champions Film, “The History”, is now ready for private screenings, with the intention of getting it on TV across the world next year!

Making of Champions – “The History” is an 80-minute film capturing Nigeria’s full Olympic medal history in Athletics (Track & Field) and lays the foundation for how Nigeria can return to reckoning on the world stage and even dominate the sport in years to come! Here’s the Title Sequence (the first 2 minutes of the film)! 

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we embark on the Making of Champions International Roadshow, to host private viewings of the film in Nigeria, the UK and the US! Starting next week, we will be on the road to show the film to the key stakeholders for Sports and Athletics in Nigeria, to Corporate Nigeria, and to friends, family and well-wishers around the globe!

We’ll be starting this first phase of private viewings in London on Mon Nov 11th! Please see the details of the viewings in each city we’re coming to. For the November viewings, please RSVP by Sunday Nov 10th to (with the viewing venue and date, your name and the names of any guests you’re bringing) to be added to the guest list for your chosen viewing.

Space is limited, particularly in Lagos and Abuja, so please do RSVP as soon as possible to avoid any possible disappointment!


Date: Monday November 11th

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Venue: The Chapel, Jesus House, 112 Brent Terrace, Brent Cross, London, NW2 1LT


Date: Wednesday November 13th 

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Venue: SS Lounge, 7 Sapara Williams Close, off Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos


Date: Monday November 18th 

Time: 5:30 – 8pm 

Venue: Nicon Luxury Hotel, Plot 903 Tafawa Balewa Way Area 11, Garki, Abuja


Date: Monday December 9th

Venue & Time TBD


Date: Saturday December 14th 

Venue & Time TBD


Q&A with the Director will follow each screening! Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the viewings!

Many thanks,

Bambo Akani

Director, Making of Champions: “The History”

CEO, Making of Champions Limited


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