Managing Director of Wakanow Limited Mr. Obinna Ekezie and Secretary General of the NOC, Mr.Tunde Popoola during the unveiling at the NOC Boardroom on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) on Tuesday named traveling and hospitality outfit, Wakanow Limited as the exclusive Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games taking place in August.

An agreement was signed on April 12, 2016 by both parties at the NOC Boardroom at the National Stadium in Lagos, and witnessed by members of the press and other dignitaries.

NOC President, Habu Gumel was represented by the Secretary General, Tunde Popola who revealed that the partnership would go a long way in rebranding the Nigeria Olympic movement in order to create better appeal to the general public.

He said, “Today’s event marks yet another milestone in the annals of Olympic movement history in Nigeria as we formally unveil the Authorized Ticket Reseller appointed by the NOC and ratified by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organizing Committee. This will be the second time in succession that the NOC will be having Wakanow Limited as the ATR to the Olympic Games.

Wakanow's Chief Marketing Officerr Victoria Onwubiko and NOC's Legal Adviser, Barrister Vincent Nwana look on as Obinna Ekezie and Tunde Popoola sign an agreement during the unveiling in Lagos.
Wakanow’s Chief Marketing Officer Victoria Onwubiko and NOC’s Legal Adviser, Barrister Vincent Nwana look on as Obinna Ekezie and Tunde Popoola sign an agreement during the unveiling in Lagos.

“Some of our media friends present will recall that Wakanow was appointed ATR for the London 2012 Games, an assignment they delivered effectively. Therefore NOC’s decision to appoint Wakanow Limited as the official ATR for the Rio Olympic Games is based on their track record and competence in the travels and hospitality industry.”

In his response, Managing Director of Wakanow Limited, Obinna Ekezie expressed his delight at the partnership with the NOC, while affirming his company’s resolve to make the travelling processes involved in preparing for the Games as hitch free as possible.

He said, “We are very happy to be here today to formalize this partnership with the NOC; we are very excited about this opportunity. As a company, we see this as a major responsibility to be the exclusive Authorized Ticket Resellers for the Olympic Games in Brazil.”

The former basketball player however appealed to Nigerians to commence travel preparations early so as not to miss out on the Games completely. He also stressed the importance of abiding by the ATR rules attached to different packages, and the terms and conditions that apply to each package.

One of such packages is the ‘Pay Small-Small’ payment plan which involves paying in installments to ease the financial burden of traveling for the Games.

Managing Director of Wakanow Limited Mr. Obinna Ekezie and Secretary General of the NOC, Mr.Tunde Popoola during the unveiling at the NOC Boardroom on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Managing Director of Wakanow Limited Mr. Obinna Ekezie and Secretary General of the NOC, Mr.Tunde Popoola during the unveiling at the NOC Boardroom on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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