The current senior vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, a lawyer and a passionate grassroots football developer has revealed that he is contesting the NFF election because of his passion for the Nigerian youths.

The election holds in Katsina on Thursday.  He is believed to be the frontrunner in a two-horse race that also involves Otunba Dele Ajayi.

The two contestants are chairmen of their respective state football associations. Akinwunmi heads the Lagos Football Association, the oldest FA in the country, having been established in the 1930s. Ajayi is the chairman of Ondo FA. Akinwunmi contacted to reel out what Nigerians should expect from him.

He informed that he would continue to improve on his developmental drive to see the under-aged and the under-privileged realize their dreams of becoming football stars and becoming successful in academics.

He runs the fast spreading Seyi Akinwunmi U-13 football tournament as well as being the chairman of the youth development committee of the NFF and prime mover of similar competition in the NFF which is being sponsored by Zenith Bank.

An independent source informed that six of the players that at the weekend qualified Nigeria for next year’s CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations were products of Akinwunmi’s developmental programme.

At the weekend, he informed that his major concern was to raise another generation of footballers to the benefit of the country.

He runs the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation which is a non-profit organization aimed at the educational development of the indigent intelligent Nigerian Footballer Child.

For his ability to bring youths together and create avenues for them to develop their passion for football and also combine such with education, he can aptly be called “Baba Ewe” – the father of the youths.

He has contributed in no small measure to various charities aimed at the development and improvement of children. Akinwunmi is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and social reforms.

His stellar works include his involvement with the Parents Against Autism Initiative (PAAI); Courage Education Foundation (CEF): a not-for-profit organization which he founded is dedicated to the empowerment of the Nigerian child through the provision of quality education, made available to all irrespective of gender, faith or ethnicity.


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