Representative of Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Adekunle Shodunke presenting award to Actors Guild of Nigeria’s BoT Chairman, Prince Ifeanyi Dike, after the novelty match between Army and AGN teams.
The much talked about novelty match between the Emeka Rollas’ led Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) team was a huge success as actors from across the federation turn up to add glamour to the event as well as to support their own.
The match which took place at Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai Sports Complex, 9th Brigade, Nigerian Army Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, over the weekend ended in a draw but its thrills and frills can’t be forgotten in a hurry as Major General L. O Adeosun and Major General J. S Malu scored for the COAS team while Steve Eboh and Sunny McDon scored for the AGN team respectively.
In his speech, Major General Adekunle Shodunke, who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at event, appreciated the movie industry’s contribution in ensuring security in Nigeria and its support for the army.
“Thanks for the participation in the Nigerian Army Day Celebration and Combat Support Arms Training Week (NADCEL). I recall when the actors’ guild visited the chief (Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai) to lend their support to our effort in ensuring security in Nigeria. Today’s event is in demonstration of the corporation between Nigerian Army and the civil society. One of the pillars of the chief officer is effective civil relationship which is what we are engaging in and to participate in all civil activities and we are proud to have our actors here with us.
“I can tell you that there’s no other way we would have celebrated our army day better than having people like Emeka Rollas, Sani Danja, Segun Arinze, Sony McDon, Ejike Asiegbu, Ebele Okaro, Steve Eboh, Ijeoma Imoh, Inem Peter, Chika Austin, Chinyere Wilfred, Jumai Joseph, Frank Dallas, Abubakar Yakubu, Andy Ike and how they display their skills on the field of play. And our father, Chief Chika Okpala, popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya alias 4:30 who came to support his colleagues. Thanks for coming sir. I send the clip of the football match to the chief of army staff and he gave a thump up. I appreciate you all for your good works and support for the Nigerian army, we pray for the growth of the entertainment industry in general and continue to make Nigeria proud as always” he said.
“In his speech, Chief Chika Okpala (MFR) popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30, an appellation he got from his role as “Chief Zebrudaya” in a TV comedy series, New Masquerade (1983-1993) expressed his gratitude in his unique style of talking.
“The dem people of the army, my colleagues and other dignitaries present. When we visited the Chief of Army Staff he promised us a game play either in boxing tournament or football match. Today we have succeeded with football match, who knows about tomorrow in boxing. We are so happy. People understand it from the outside as no penetration area but look at us the actors; we dived and penetrated to score goals twice. Are you seeing what am saw. So I appreciate”.
Amongst those present were Ifeoma Okeke, Remmy Ohajianya, Harry B Anyanwu, St. Maradona, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Halima Usman, Chinedu Ikedieze, Hakeem Rahman, Chiege Alisigwe, A.B Cowboy, Benedict Johnson, Doris Ogala, Sharon Francis, Arinze Okonkwo , Nkechi Nnaji, Mary-Jane Okoye, Rachael Oniga, Shasha Donald, Md Coker, Icon Concept