The Nigeria Sports Awards were held last week with the usual glitz and excitement. However a lot is still left to be desired. While we can claim that its still in its infancy, the calibre of people organizing the event make it paramount that this is organized better.
One good thing is that this was not seen as a football award show…here there is marked improvement. The venue seems also a good spot, with the people friendly and parking adequate, however the criticisms are many.
First, while we understand the difficulty in getting awardees to be present, more should be done in this regard. The glamour of winners showing up can not be quantified. Organizers should not spare the cost of getting these people present. Its sad to see awards presented in absentia.
Secondly, the lack of script and rehearsals is glariingly enbarrassing. Presenters should be quickly briefed on how they should present and the limitations of their words..same with recipients. Things should work in order and be precise. All nominees should be given a little brief of how and what to say if they win . (Though the obvious lack of education in some of our sportsmen makes this difficult).
There should also be a rehearsal for the technical people…for the second year running, the IT people messed up the whole awards and even when they did try, they were never in sync with the occassion.
I think the presenters need to be worked on too. While Charles did a good job, the awards should always bring in different presenters every year(just like the oscars) and make it a thing of pride for sports journalist and other personalities to be part of the family. It would be nice to see a witty and nice presenter like Temisan Okomi present this show in future.
I also have some criticisms of the awards ….while it was great to honour the sporting legends and receive them, giving only one trophy and certificate the five of them was poor. Every one should have had a souvenir. Also, recognizing the symbolic issue of Ese Brume winning the commonwealth Games Long jump 40 years after Modupe first won it, was good..but there was no need to present Brume an award for that. (Except of course you were presenting an award for every commonwealth Gold medalist).
While the awards to journalists brought up a lot of excitement, there was a bias to Lagos. We do have great sports journalists outside Lagos. It may be time to recognize them too.
Time was also an issue. Any award that goes on beyond an hour or an hour and a half gets boring. Evidence could be seen at the number of people that left before the end of the show.
Overall, its a step in the right direction as we hope to see this grow into a great annual sports event.
Congrats to all the winners and especially the biggest winners, Vincent Enyeama and Blessing Okagbare, Sportsman and Sports woman of the year.