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The Nigeria Judo federation contingent arrived in Algeria with eight Judokas to compete in the Africa Youth Games (AYG). The team has four males and four females who will fight for honours after being camped for weeks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The team has Bose Folorunsho in the 44KG, Ogechi Udeze -52kg, Adija Azeez- 63kg and Grace Haruna -78kg while the male Judokas are Abdullani RAMON -55KG, Edwin PATRICK -66KG, Samson ADEKUNLE -81KG and Madu DANIEL -100KG with Catherine E. Ekuta and Toyin Ojo as coaches while Abimbola Adesinya is the team secretary.

Prince Timothy Nsirim, President, Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) asked the Judokas to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and compete fairly to bring honours to their fatherland bearing in mind the task ahead.

In his word, “I want to congratulate you for the opportunity the federation and by extension the government of Nigeria has given you to represent its course at the AYG. As you compete in the games, represent well and run away from anything that can tarnish the image of our country and remember that your effort will put your name on the world map” Nsirim concluded.

Team Nigeria Judo

Speaking on behalf of the team, Madu Daniel expressed his happiness at being part of the Team Nigeria Judo and promised a good outing in Algeria.

The Africa Youth Games serves as the qualifiers of the Youth Olympic Games coming up later this year in Argentina.

First Governor Nyesom Wike Judo Championship Gets Underway In Port Harcourt

The first Governor Nyesom Wike National Open Judo Championships got underway today at the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex, Port-Harcourt with over 300 accredited judokas participating in the Cadet, Junior and Senior categories.

Speaking to the media during an interactive session shortly before the opening ceremony, President, Nigeria Judo Federation, Prince Timothy Nsirim said the Championship will serve as dress rehearsal for major events which include the African Youth Games in Algeria, the All African Games in Zambia next year, the Commonwealth Judo Championship in November as well as African Judo Championship next year.

Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) President Timothy Nsirim

“One of the reasons we are here is that we are preparing for the All African Youth Games and part of our programmes ahead of major championships is to use this championship to select our champions for national camping,” Nsirim said.

Nsirim who also seized the opportunity to advise parents and guardians to allow their wards embrace Judo as a Sport, he said it will not only help them become disciplined, and that it also has the potential of engaging them meaningfully.

He added that the Nigeria Judo Federation is also using the Governor Nyesom Wike Judo Championship as a template to bid for major champiosnhips that will see Judokas from other parts of Africa compete in Port Harcourt.

“I am sure that with the progress made so far in Judo and the ongoing Championship, it will be a template for bigger events we will indicate our interest for a continental Championship.

“We want to talk with the government, any state that agrees to host, we will take the championship there be it north or south, the President revealed.


The inaugural edition of the Nyesom Wike National Open Judo Championship kicks off at the Civic Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State from 18th to 22nd May, 2018 with bouts in the senior, junior and cadet categories for male and female.

The championship in collaboration with the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) will serve as the selection basis for our athletes that will represent the federation both at the local and international championships in 2018/2019.

According to the Technical Director, Nigeria Judo Federation, Ewa Ekuta, qualification and participation of our athletes in all the international meets this year is the major target.

Governor Nyesom Wike Of Rivers State

“We have before us the Algiers 2018 African Youth Games, 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, All Africa Games in Morocco 2019 and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and we want our athletes to make the nation proud not by competing alone but winning medals as an appreciation to the Rivers State Governor for the support given to the athletes, Ekuta concluded.

President, Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Timothy Nsirim said every arrangement has been concluded to host the nation in Port Harcourt as we are looking forward to hosting a hitch free event where new champions will be discovered.

Nigeria Judo Federation President Prince Timothy Nsirim Calls For Calm Ahead National Championship

President of the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Prince Timothy Nsirim has called for calm as the board is set to hit the ground running with the national championship scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in May 2018.

According to a press release signed by the media and communications director, Phemmy Adetula, when the NJF took delivery of new equipment donated by the International Judo Federation to aid the development of the sport in Nigeria. The equipment comprising 162 mats and cartons of Jodogis for all cadres was facilitated by Prince Nsirim who restated plans to revive judo with support of all the stakeholders.

Also, screens and projectors imported from China by the NJF President for officiating and technical use were also inspected by the board while in addition complementary equipment and devices will be procured by the Federation in due course.

The NJF boss said “I want to plead with all Judokas in the country, let us be calm so that we can move the sport forward. This is the first time in over 15 years that we had this kind of opportunity. More is coming if we are at peace. If we are not at peace, we will not attain the needed heights as a federation and that is why at the resolution of the board, I agreed with the choice of our new technical director. I accepted whatever decisions the board has taken and I want everybody to see it as a call to duty, a call to serve”.

On the forthcoming championship, Prince Nsirim said all Judokas wherever they are will be invited for the National Open championship in Port Harcourt in May.

“It will be an all comers event, a very strong championship and it will be sponsored by the Federation, myself and the executive governor of Rivers state, Mr Nyesom Wike. We will make it a great championship and all of us will be here, Rivers state sports commissioner, the state sports commission, all will be involved” said Nsirim.

President of the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Prince Timothy Nsirim

Board member, Professor Johnson Okpakor eulogised Prince Nsirim for his personal efforts and commitment to take Judo to a new heights.

“I gave kudos to the president for providing this great opportunity for our sports and this is just a starting point. If we have people like Prince Nsirim running sports federation, Nigeria will move forward and I pray that during his tenure, the sport will return to its glory days” said Okpakor.

As part of the board resolution at the end of their meeting in Port Harcourt,Rivers State, Mr Ewa Ekuta Olom, a current IJF A-licenced referee was appointed the technical director of the federation.

Loveth Howell National Open Judo Championship Holds In Benin

President of the Nigeria Judo federation, Prince Timothy Nsirim has admonished judokas at the 2017 loveth Howell National open Judo championship to show the character of a champion on the mat and cultivate new friendships.

Prince Nsirim, stated this during the opening ceremony of the three day championship at the indoor hall of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City, Edo State. He also thanked the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for creating an enabling environment for the championship to thrive in the state.

Prince Timothy Nsirim

The objective of the Nigeria Judo federation is to create a channel to make Judo the most popular combat sport in the country.

“This championship is organised as part of many activities lined up by the NJF board in the year to select and prepare athletes that will represent Nigeria in approved international meet next year”. Nsirim said

” Let me use this opportunity to thank the Edo State government led by Godwin Obaseki for supporting this championship financially and creating an enabling environment for the three day event “.

2017 loveth Howell National Open Judo Championship

Facilitator of the championship and former national Judo champion, Loveth Howell said the championship is her own way of developing Judo talents in the country.

” This championship is not only aimed at discouraging youth restiveness in the state and country but also to create the platform for judokas to be global champions tomorrow”, Howell concluded.

Lagos State Marks World Judo Day

The Lagos State Judo Association joins the rest of the world to mark the world Judo Day at the Dojo Hall of the Lagos state Sport Commission at Rowe Park, Yaba with over thirty Judo athletes .

The Sport, which was founded by Japanese Professor Gikoro Kano is globally celebrated on the 28th, October every year.

Lagos state marks World Judo Day
Photo credit: Afolabi Oni

The event kicked off with the traditional “Uchikumi” which literally means practising of technique and it was followed by ” Kumikata” – the breaking of opponent’s grips and getting your own, before ending the practice session with ” Randori” – a mock competition .

During the course of the celebration , Mr Bolaji Yusuf, who is the South West Representative of the Nigeria Judo Federation emphasised on the goal tenets of the sport and the need to grow the the culture of Judo in Lagos.

“Our believe is modified by the pillars of judo, which include resilience, honour, respect and of course courage which is the theme of this year’s celebrations.

Lagos state marks World Judo Day
photo credit: Afolabi Oni

“For the uninitiated, Judo is a martial art. For us, judo is a way of life”. He added.

I congratulate the judo family all over the world and challenge them to take the gospel of judo as a way of life to every doorstep.”

Nigeria Sports Federations Need Take Off Grant – Judo Boss

President of the Nigeria Judo Federation, NJF, Prince Timothy Nsirim says the newly inaugurated sporting federations need financial assistance as take off grant from the sports ministry to make their job a lot more easier as they assume office.

Nsirim made this known in a chat with the NJF media unit shortly after his inauguration by the Minister of Sports, Hon Solomon Dalung that the grant has become imperative because most prospective partners are done with their budgets for sponsorship in the year 2017.

He stressed that most of his colleagues who are new in the system, will find it difficult to kick start their programmes, hence the need for the Sports Minister to support them with grants while he monitors the implementation of the grants for the purpose it was approved.

“I want to appeal to the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung to give us take off grants so as to enable us kick start our programme”. Nsirim said

“Am not only speaking for my self but also for other Federation Presidents, most especially the first timers, because this is not the best time to woo the private sector as majority of them are done with their budget for the year.”

“I don’t expect the Minister to give us the grant and go to sleep but to set up a committee to monitor how the grant is spent to ensure accountability,” He said

Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) President Timothy Nsirim

Nsirim, who will champion the cause of Judo for another four years, reaffirmed his commitment to developing the sports at the Cadet and Junior level.

He also assured that Judo community in the country will have a face value in the six geopolitical zones by the time he leaves office.

“We will lay emphasis on Cadets and Junior championships and also drive the sports in the six geopolitical zones of the country.” Nsirim concluded.