THE Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), in conjunction with its marketing partner, IMPC Limited, will open the Wazobia Village on July 27 to cater for the needs of athletes, officials and travelling fans during the Olympics.
The village, which will be located in the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) Village at Kessington Garden, opposite Hyde Park in London, will house 24 other African countries.
IMPC Chief Executive Officer, Goke Dokun, said the centre would provide entertainment for Nigerians in London for the Games, adding that the centre would hold art and tourism exhibitions, which would involve Chinwe Chukwuego-Roy, National Gallery of Arts, Nigeria, and Damilola Oshilaja of Grunge Studio.
According to Dokun, other activities at the village are Trade Day on July 31, National Costume Day on August 1, First Bank Day on August 4, Tourism Showcase on August 5, Photo Story (Exhibition of Nigeria’s history in pictures with Baba Shettima and Talent Day on August, while the NOC/Athletes Day is on August 12, the last day of the Games.
The State Days are August 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9 and it will involve state resources, exhibition, networking and entertainment. He further disclosed that athletes, officials and journalists could have a taste of Nigerian dishes while in London, while the likes of Naeto C, Omawunmi and Eldee would entertain the guests.
“What we are trying to do is to make the travelling fans and athletes feel at home in London by providing them things they can only get in Nigeria,” he said. “And it will also create an avenue for entertainment of the visitors at the event.”
Head of NOC Marketing Commission, Patrick Ukah, said the Wazobia Village would be a major event centre during the Olympics, urging Nigerians to make it a point of duty to visit the stand throughout the tourney.