Ijesha people organise marathon race to keep youths off the streets

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Ijesha people organise marathon race to keep youths off the streets
Ijesha people have launched a sporting activity tagged: “Ijesa Grand Marathon”, to keep youths off the streets and prevent restiveness that is rampant in Osun state.
The game is part of the activities marking the first edition of Ilesa Grand Festival slated for next week.
The sponsor of the race, Mr Tijani Usman,while addressing journalists on Friday in Ilesa, assured of adequate safety and security measures during the event.
Tijani who is the chief Executive Officer of BEL Tijani Limited explained that the marathon race with the cash  prizes of 2 million naira for different categories of winners was designed to get the youth off the streets while discovering new spinsters among them.
Ijesha Marathon Race
The sponsor said that international marathon athletes from Kenya Tanzania and South Africa and local ones from neighboring states  would participate.
He said the event would also feature entertainment by Hip hop stars including 9ice, Taye Currency, DJs, comedians and traditional adamo crooners.
Ijesha Marathon Race
Tijani maintained that In order to strengthen the interest of participating athletes in the maiden marathon, there would be prizes for 20 boys and 20 girls  in the Ilesa indigenous category and another  20 for participants from other towns in osun state, while 10  men and women in the national category will go home with prizes.
While thanking the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and other ijesa sons and daughters for giving him the opportunity to actualize his dream , Mr Tijani called on government to rebuild Ilesa stadium the venue of the event to promote sports among the youths as a way of reducing restiveness.

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