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All set for Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race




Final inspection of the routes for the Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race has been concluded as Nilayo Sports Management Limited declared its optimism for yet another successful road race.

The road race is on its third edition. It will be flagged off next week Saturday at the Oloke junction which connects the Government Residential Area, Ibara with several other suburbs.

The race will be through Moshood Abiola Polytechnic which is the first landmark on the route.

It will have its first water point at Oluwo  junction, another multifarious axis, runners will then proceed to the 2.5 kilometre mark,    opposite the popular Domino’s Pizza building.

The Km 3 will be the usually busy Omida Market where residents, market men and women are known to be enthusiastic about the race, they will be on watching and cheering the runners.


Runners will then proceed to the iconic and colourful Sapon Flyover, before heading to Itoko, Adatan round about, and then the finish line at the palace of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

According to the Project Manager of Nilayo Sports Management Limited  Seyi Johnson, mechanisms have been put in place to ensure a seamless road race is achieved.

“The Ogun State Government of Prince Dapo Abiodun has provided the enabling environment, the government is also playing a pivotal role so we are very good to go”

“The sponsors are enthusiastic too and we as a brand that is known for top notch events will once again do what we know how to do best”.

He explained that the race is in the itinerary of the 80th Birthday celebration of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, recall that the soon-to-be octogenarian had given the race royal blessings when the organizers paid a visit to his palace.


It is expected that traditional rulers from every region of the State will be on ground to felicitate the highly revered Monarch.

Abeokuta residents and commuters who are also looking forward to the race would also be alerted as per alternative routes while the race lasts.


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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