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Lagos SWAN celebrates Fabio Lanipekun at 80



Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria has joined members of the sports fraternity in felicitating with former Nigeria Olympics Committee Public Relations Officer, Adesola Lanipekun (popularly known as Fabio Lanipekun) who clocks 80 today.

The association described the octogenarian as one of a kind who walked an uncharted path after emerging as one of the first Nigerians to be trained in sports journalism in 1964 shortly after starting with the defunct Daily Express.

Chairman, Lagos SWAN, Debo Oshundun in a statement on Wednesday said, “We are glad today to celebrate one of our elders in the industry who has continued to age like a fine wine.

“Attaining that age in present Nigeria where life expectancy is way below 50 calls for serious celebration and we are so happy to be associated with him.”

“He was a complete journalist who was able to easily switch from print media to television where he made his mark with Western Nigeria Television and later the Nigerian Television Authority”.

Lagos SWAN described him as a national monument and a shining light for many legends who traversed the sports media space in the last forty years within and outside Nigeria.


“His writing skill as a columnist was world class. He is a treasure to be cherished and we pray that God keeps him with us for a long time so that we can continue to tap from his unending wealth of experience as individuals and an association.

A vastly travelled professional, Fabio Lanipekun rose to the position of Manager, Sports at NTA before his retirement.

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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