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Former sports journalist, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf guns for governorship ticket



Modele Sarafa-Yusuf


On the day her former boss and mentor in sportscasting, Fabio Lanipekun clocks the landmark of 80, lady in the tube, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf has declared her intention to run for the governorship ticket in Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

In a facebook post, the sports journalist who featured on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) stated:

“Dear Friends,

“Today, I threw my hat into the ring and formally declared my intention to run for the office of Governor of Ogun State on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.

“I made the declaration at a small gathering of market women and men in the Adire/Kampala market, Asero, Abeokuta.

“I took the opportunity to listen to them as they talked about their needs and their expectations of the government.


“I look forward to engaging more with the people as the days go by even as I look forward to the opportunity of serving them as governor.

“We also look forward to working with all our party leaders across the divides as we prepare for the elections.

“I implore you to send positive thoughts and prayers as we embark on this journey to a more prosperous Ogun State.

“By the way, we make the best Adire in Ogun State!”

The 1996 award winner at the Nigeria Media Merit Award was  was appointed as Special Adviser on Information to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.


In 16 years of journalism with the NTA Modele was not only a sports broadcaster, she was also a columnist for magazines, a guest writer for newspapers, a script writer for television shows and a producer of documentaries and programmes for radio and television: in fields as diverse as business, culinary, current affairs, crime, and education.

She was Marketing Communications/Sponsorship Manager with Globacom at the inception of the company in 2003.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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