By Udeme Etukeyen

Welcome to August!

The eight month is consecrated and adjudged the power month, ‘it augers in the energy of completion, where loose ends are tied, past healing perfected and the future beams with clarity for all’.

African myth and general spirituality suggests that how and when one starts a day,week or month connotes the traction or pace at which progress is perceived.

For Akwa Ibom our Completion sequence resonated with the crowning of our NPFL league championship with an overwhelming victory for our darling Akwa United.

Akwa United FC kick started the 2020/21 season with a lacklustre win here,loss there and a couple of draws before finding form with three 3goal wins etc,they stayed consistently focused suffering only four losses,fourteen draws whilst savoring nineteen wins. The Dakadda spirit nudged them into the consciousness of not just RISING but FINISHING WELL!

Right when it mattered most to “finish well” at a time where the expectations of enthusiasts centered on ensuring the State Government reaps from its immense investments in Sports steps in Mr Akan “Ginger” Udofia. At precisely an hour to the game he announces a N1million Gingerpack for every goal scored by Akwa United. The morale soared, the dakadda frenzy assumed euphoric dimensions. The media space and public commentary spiked in anticipation but alas the Greatness in Akwa United manifested. The goals kept coming up until the 90th minute. Even the visitors who had nothing much to contend for caught the motivation bug.

In the 37 games of the NPFL 2020/21 Akwa United experienced its largest goal harvest of the season. The entire league infact hadn’t witnessed such a festival of goals except the
Nassarawa United 5-3 whooping of Abia United on the 28th of March.

As proudly joyous as the Government of the State and its people beamed,there stands out an ever motivating Maverick in Akan Udofia who never stops nudging our Sportsmen,Youth and Teams to greater heights. Recall he equally inspired the Super Eagles to victory over Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in that all important 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier back in 2017 with $20,000 per goal. The Eagles fought hard to secure a 1-0 win.

So as we launch out on a glorious note in this month of August. The lesson for us is to stay focused and motivated. Seize the moment, dont waste your time but surround yourself with the right crew who respect and appreciate you.

Most importantly keep #AKProsperity in your prayers that we all may FINISH WELL as a State and a people!!

Wisdom Bassey

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