Almost all the Grandmasters of Taekwondo in Nigeria converged at the National Stadium, Lagos from Wednesday to welcome and officially receive the originator of Taekwondo in Nigeria Great Grandmaster Aikpa Aime from Côte d’ Ivoire.
They include, Grandmaster Dominic Bassey, GM Koffi Anam, GM Nasiru Bello, GM Tony Alakija, GM George Ope GM Akinola GM Tayo Popoola (the only prominent woman Taekwondo Grandmaster in Nigeria), Dr. Fergusan Oluigbo, Tayo Max Adewolure, Uzoama Onwuchekwa, the President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Black Belt College, Yemi Adeyemi and Pastor Collins among others.
Among the athletes brought up by the Great Grandmaster in the last 40 years are Dominic Bassey, Koffi Anani and Nasiru Bello, the 72 years old Great, Grandmaster of Taekwondo who introduced Taekwondo sports in Nigeria in 1974 with only 12 athletes, said he was indeed excited coming back to Nigeria.
The great athlete in an interview last week sees the visit as an opportunity to re-engineer the sport in the country.
A bigger reception is being planned for the Great Grandmaster by the Nigeria Taekwondo family that invited him on Saturday April, 15th 2017.