Dr Ifedi Okwenna (R) receiving the sports promotion award from Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike, the DOSAD director on behalf of Awka Diocese, May 27, 2017 at Abuja.
Dr Ifedi Okwenna, a Publisher, Estate developer, Sports Consultant and Democracy Advocate has received a Sports/Club Promoters Award from Awka Catholic Diocese for his exploits in Sports in Anambra state.
The award plaque was presented to Dr Okwenna at his Abuja office May 27,2017, by the Director of Sports Awka Diocese (DOSAD), Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike, on behalf of the bishop of Awka diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor. The award was given specifically in recognition of his special commitment to sports promotion in Anambra state through being the first person to own and establish a national Amateur clubside in Anambra called FC Oman.
Actually Dr Okwenna who was one time Commissioner for Sports in Anambra, was billed to receive the award alongside seven others in his category on June 27, 2015 at Neros Stadium Nanka, on the occasion of the grand finale of Awka diocesan Priests Sports. He was however outside the country at that time. Others in his category who were pacesetters to establish clubs included; Chief Uzo Epundu, Barr Odi Ikpeazu and Chief Oscar Udoji. Others were; Late Chief Jasper Ezechukwu, Prince Mike Mbaezue and Chief Joe Amene. Dr Sir Ernest Obiejesi was included in this category for his significant investment in sports in Okija and Anambra as a whole, especially for the celebrated Anambra U -17 Obijackson Secondary School Championship in 2014.
Receiving the award, Dr Okwenna said he was highly elated to be searched out despite the club not existing again as FC Oman. He praised DOSAD for such insight and the Church institution for encouraging hard work and enterprise. He commended Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike for his exploit in Anambra and Nigeria as a whole and promised to partner DOSAD in the vision of taking sports higher in Anambra and Nigeria as a whole.
Dr Okwenna revealed that despite his huge investment in the club FC Oman, he was frustrated out of it by extortion from some greedy home sports officials in Anambra who always saw the club as avenue to extort money from him. He said the environment was so economically hostile then that he had to cede the slot to the Akwa Ibom state. The current Akwa United used to be FC Oman.
The sports consultant however praised the better atmosphere now for clubs to thrive and urged Fr Coach Dike to carry on with his vision. He particularly was excited about the Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL) initiated by Fr Dike and promised to partner it in terms of funds for officiating.
Responding, Rev Fr Coach Dike thanked Dr Okwenna for his versatility especially in ensuring sustainable democracy for the Nigerian nation. He also thanked him for his tidbits on modern Animal Husbandry which he promised to assist Awka Diocese develop. Fr Dike urged him on to continue his emancipation plan for the Igbo nation in terms of quality home stead investement.