Abuja Diocese Women Sports Fiesta


Mothers Union1The 3rd women Sports Fiesta of the Anglican Diocese of Abuja initiated by the Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh took place with pomp and pageantry at the Anglican Girls’ Grammar School Sports field.

In her welcome address at the Star studded fiesta, the President of all Women Organizations in Nigeria Anglican Communion and wife of the Primate, Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh said the spirit behind the sporting competition is to have families in the Church get together in a relaxed atmosphere; for women and their children to exercise themselves and keep fit.

Mrs. Okoh an athletic figure, who looked sporty bespectacled in a sporting outfit, said the Fiesta which has become an annual event is dedicated to mark the Mothering Sunday celebrated worldwide in the Anglican Communion every fourth Sunday in Lent. She said it is a Sunday set apart for caring mothers who are training their children in the ways of the Lord adding that it is an opportunity for women to exercise their bodies and keep fit. According to Mrs. Okoh, the fiesta afforded the women another opportunity to discover their talents in the field of sports, involving their family in a Christian home, dictated by various programmes and events slated for the day.

She assured the participants, male and female that the sporting event will not stop, it will continue for years to come. She gave kudos to the initiator of the programme and the Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion for throwing his weight in support of the programme.

In his address delivered by the Chaplain of Women Organizations in Abuja Diocese Ven. Peter Okunromade, the head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh who was unavoidably absent said it is noteworthy the seriousness, diligence and support the sports fiesta has attracted from all and sundry these past three years. He described the participants as energetic wonderful beings. He noted with satisfaction the leadership qualities of the women and sisters in the diocese of Abuja and their caring attitude to their families at home. He enjoined them to remain focused and committed in the New Year because there are many programmes in the offing for 2013. The women Chaplain extended the Primate’s commitment and support to all women programmes this year and in the years to come as they serve God and humanity.

The Highpoints of the 3rd annual women Sports fiesta include March past, where the representation of the Primate and Mama Primate took salute. Field and track events featured prominently, with the cultural dances that showed the rich culture of our people taking a Centre stage.

All the Seven (7) Archdeaconries, the Cathedral, Wuse, Asokoro, Gudu, Maitama, Durumi and Mpape featured prominently, with Gudu Archdeaconry the defending champions carrying the day and winning the cup the second time, with 79 points. It was jubilation galore as Gudu, a new Archdeaconry stole the show twice in quick succession.