Dec, 5, 2022
By Oluwatope Lawanson
Lagos, Nigeria – In a bid to develop the untapped greatness of African Youths’’John Mikel Obi on Monday in partnership with Vyootopia Festival Sports to extend his legacy with social impact activities that helps showcase the youths talents and build their development.
This was contained in a statement signed by Dr May Ikeora, project manager for Vyootopia Festival, in Lagos.
The Vyootopia Festival of sports, entertainment and culture is a multicultural festival that leverages sports and entertainment to curate socially immersive and impactful conversations that can accelerate sustainable developmental initiatives for youths and their communities in Africa.
The theme of the festival is SEERIE ( S- Safeguard, E – Educate, E – Empower, R – Rebuild Communities, I – Inspire, E – Entertain).
The event is organised to educate and empower young people, and the maiden edition is billed to kick off on Dec. 8 at the Wave Beach in Lagos.
“Vyootopia Festival starts with a digital sports conference, ball juggling challenge, fitness, beach football, culminates in an Afroterra musical concert all at one venue.
“ The SEERIE expectation is that millions of youths will be empowered in Africa and beyond It would be remembered that Mikel is not new in this space especially with regards to the work he has been doing through his Not-for-Profit (Mikel Obi Foundation) and his famous Back2Base Project.
“The Vyootopia Festival, which coincides with the 2022 FIFA World Cup aims to fuse the passionate energy of football and the creative brilliance of African music and culture into a memorable, recreational live experience for fans and followers of sports and music,” she said.
According to the statement through their partnership with Mission89, a research, education and advocacy organization inspired by the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, FIFA’s Article 19 intended to protect the commercial movement of footballers under the age of 18.
And the International Olympic Committee (IOC) principles prohibiting the exploitation of young athletes, ensuring that they are protected from unscrupulous recruiters and agents, Vyootopia goes above and beyond to safeguard youths from human trafficking and irregular migration in and through sports. NAN