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The twin-town of Okpoama Kingdom and Twon-Brass yesterday, the 14th of August, 2021 came alive as athletes from Brass-Nembe Federal Constituency competed for the top prizes in the Israel Sunny-Goli Unity.

The male athletes took off from the Basketball pitch at Okpoama, while the female athletes took off from the Chief Timipre Sylva airstrip, also in Okpoama.

In the men’s category of the event, 22 years old baker, Anthony Sample Wari, from Odioma, Brass, breasted the tape in 26 minutes 52 seconds to emerge winner, winning the top prize of ₦750,000, while 24 years old Timiere Ebiri Armson from Egwe-Ama ran a time of 28 Minutes 03 Seconds, to win the ₦350,000 prize money for the second place winner, with 26 years old George Ebiegberi from Etiama, coming third place with a time of 29 minutes 11 seconds to win the prize money of ₦150,000.

In the female category, 22 years old police sergeant, Queensley Asedo from Sambo-Ama, Twon Brass Kingdom emerged winner, with a time of 22 minutes 05 seconds to win the sum of ₦450,000 for the 1st prize winner, while 29 years old Aniatei Okuaka Fakuma from Odioma emerged second-place winner with a time of 24 minutes 03 seconds, going home with the prize money of ₦200,000 and 16 years old Bolouebi Ebinimi, from Nembe came third place with a time of 26 minutes and went home with the prize money of ₦100,000.

An octogenarian, Nathaniel Puko Tom-Isele, a retired military man from Okpoama Kingdom and 59 years old Mrs. Tei-Tei Puko also from Okpoama Kingdom, ran alongside the athletes in solidarity. The 80 years old military retiree smiled home with the sum of ₦250,000 courtesy of the Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, and an additional sum of ₦100,000 from Gen. Kojo Sam, while Mrs. Tei-Tei went home with ₦100,000. Gen. Kojo Sam, supported the event with 50% of the prize money originally earmarked for the 1st place winners in both categories.

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While addressing the athletes in Twon-Brass, the council headquarter of Brass local government, the sponsor of the event, Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, Member representing Brass-Nembe Federal Constituency, expressed delight at the enthusiasm exhibited by the athletes. Sunny-Goli implored the athletes and the people of Brass-Nembe Federal Constituency to be peaceful and united, as a people irrespective of their political differences. He also enjoined the youths to shun violence and other social vices like taking of hard drugs and other intoxicants, as it is detrimental to their overall well-being in life. He admonished them to emulate the 80 years old military retiree, by leading a healthy and sporty life.

He also admonished the athletes not to rest on their oars, but to start preparing for the next edition of the marathon, which will witness the participation of international, regional and home-base talents and would hold in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Special guests at the event are Hon. Amalanyo Yousuo, Hon. Omubo Timi-Agala, Chief Kune Igoni Claudius, Elder Nimite Sam-Ateki, Hon. Awudulu Douglas, Chief Patrick Osunu, former commissioner for Sports in the state, Hon. Opukiri Ere-Jones and many others.

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