Nigeria: A beautiful spring-like day as Ibadan School hosts 2017 Swimming gala – Tola Adenle

April 29, 2017

Nigeria, Sports

Premier Hotel Event Place (1)

A lone pupil frolics around before the start of the competition at The Premier Hotel, Ibadan, a structure that sits majestically on one of the many hills that dot the ancient city. Looking at a definitely confident boy – who was perhaps testing the water – so to say – with seeming trepidation is the event photographer.

[Photo Credit: Depo Adenle]

It was the kind of day that could only be dreamed of for an outdoor event. Although it was, in reality, not yet mid-March in Southwestern Nigeria where the weather would normally call for hot and humid in anticipation of the rains which would not start for several more weeks, Childsplay Group of Schools got a gift of a June-type morning. A day like that would be heralded with a rain in the very early morning hours and end before sunup which would be followed by a sunny, cool and airy day to mid-morning. The unusually beautiful weather was intoxicating even if not announced by a Compere who was relaxed and personable rather than the tribe of usually hyper-voluble and excitable comperes at many Nigeria’s social gatherings. Mr. Ọdẹdele may not be a professional but his performance would later prove to be.

For kids, a big gathering like this – hot weather or not – brings out enthusiasm and excitement but even they appeared seduced by the beautiful weather in their seeming eagerness for the swimming gala that attracted perhaps as many adults as the school children many of whom were already gathered before 7.00 a.m. at the Hotel’s swimming area for Childsplay 2017 Swimming Gala.

The glorious weather held till the program closed around Noon.

The Group of Schools, located inside the University College Hospital at Ibadan, comprises a baby unit, kindergarten, nursery/primary and secondary (High) schools.

Director of the schools, Dr. Ṣade Ajaṣin & Mr. Ọdẹdele, a parent who doubled as the Compere, just before the competition started [Photo Credit: Depo Adenle]

Kindergartners compete to see which house would pick the most of several balls in Picking the Balls [Photo Credit: Depo Adenle]

The Ref gives orders as girls play Water Polo [Photo Credit: Depo Adenle]

Everybody enjoyed themselves, needless to say, especially the kids. After the exciting competitions, there were medal and trophy presentations, a segment that saw even more excitement and jubilation, especially when the final winners – Seahorses – got the 2017 Cup. It was a fitting climax as the Seahorses had ridden roughshod over all: the Dolphins, the Whales and even the Sharks!

Here are a few photographs from the event.UCH1 (1)

Dr. Ṣade Ajaṣin and Blogger applaud Best Overall Kindergartner, Isaac Oladipo as Dr. Adenle presents one of the gold medals he presented. [Photo Credit: Childsplay]


One of the silver medal awards presented by Blogger goes to Alex Mabia [Photo Credit: Childsplay]


Mr. Muyiwa Ige, Chairman of Oyo State Swimming Association (Late “Uncle Bola’s” son) shakes hands with Miss Blessing Edet, a JSS I (7th Grade) student for her gold medal performance in the 30-meter race. [Photo Credit: Childsplay]



Dr. Ogunkẹyẹde (a parent),  in a handshake with Ore-Ọfẹ Anjọrin, who won the Boys’ Best Swimmer Medal [Photo Credit: Child’s Play]

Dr. Abu-Okolo, a parent and one of the UCH’s officials, congratulates JSS I bronze winner, Bolu Moṣebọlatan [Photo Credit: Childsplay]

Mr. Tokunbo Ajaṣin, Childsplay Group of Schools’ Chairman, presents a Gold Medal to JSS I student, Bolu Omosho [Photo Credit: Childsplay]

And the winning House for the 2017 Gala is …

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Adeolu Ṣànú, the house master and a few team mates joyfully lift the championship gold cup  [Photo Credit: Childsplay]

Mr. Olakunle Arẹ, the PTA Chairman, shares in the excitement of victory  with students, pupils & teachers after presenting the Gold Cup [Photo Credit: Childsplay]

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017. 4:59 a.m. [GMT]

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5 Comments on “Nigeria: A beautiful spring-like day as Ibadan School hosts 2017 Swimming gala – Tola Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I love this. Great to see swimming gaining popularity in our parts. Catch them young as the saying goes… Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fola,

      Thank you very much for this.

      In fact, I was surprised to see a couple of secondary schools’ billboard ads containing swimming programs at Ibadan here; it’s very encouraging.

      This particular school, with the primary section inside main UCH premises, is moving the high school (secondary) across the road inside the UCH extension where the proprietors say a swimming pool should be up soon.

      Yes, catch-them-young should be the practice. Actually, swimming is quite widespread in Nigerian schools, at least, the SW now. I know because a nephew is a swimming coach in the Ondo State public service, and one of his daughters (now in a uni.) swam for Ondo State contingent at the National level. Ditto the daughter of a family friend who attended the Intl. School, Ibadan and represented Oyo. She’s now a final-year student at the Univ. of Ibadan.

      All that is needed is to provide the coaches with up-to-date training so that they can assist their students very well in modern swimming methods.

      In our school days in the late 50s and early 60s, only a handful of schools had swimming on the curriculum, and many of us of us who had the rare opportunity did not take it seriously back then because we did not realize the importance. Regrets galore!

      Greetings; how are the young ladies?

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      • folakemiodoaje Says:

        I sense Nigeria actually at one point had a plan but execution to include all was not there.

        That’s incredible hearing there were swimming in schools in those days.
        Never heard of swimming in any of our schools in the 80s, not even in Catholic schools.


      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Fola,

        Yes, perhaps a few, may be a couple of schools – at least in Lagos – had swimming on the “Time Table” back in the Age of Dinossaurs!

        We used the pool at Onikan where the [then] stadium anchored the Onikan Park. Schools that had swimming took students on specific days of the week. We would be taken from Yaba to Onikan (not far from present-day Tafawa Balewa Square which was home to cricket!

        Now, THAT is a case to justify good old days as far as young people are concerned but for us, most things about the old days were GOOD!

        A restful and safe weekend to you all.

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      • emotan77 Says:


        The Onikan Stadium was where I first saw Pele, the soccer maestro; I would later see him and have him sign an autograph for me at Ibadan when the Palm Chemist was opened in the 1970s!


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