Oyo State welcomes basketball phenomenal, Abiodun Adegoke

The Deputy Governor hailed Adegoke as a remarkable talent and a blessing from God, encouraging him to uphold his exemplary representation of Oyo state and Nigeria on the global stage.

He emphasized the state government’s commitment to nurturing talent and supporting endeavors in sports, education, and beyond to showcase the people of Oyo state on an international platform.

Encouraging Adegoke to focus on his professional journey, the Deputy Governor stressed the importance of continuous skill development and perseverance. He highlighted the success stories of renowned athletes like Ronaldo, Messi, and Usain Bolt, emphasizing Adegoke’s unique potential and his role as a source of pride for Oyo state.

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The Deputy Governor expressed gratitude to Mr. Luqman Rashad, CEO of MPAC Sports, for his unwavering support to the Ibadan-born basketball player, both financially and emotionally. He also acknowledged the significant contributions of Abiodun’s brother, Matthew Adegoke, and his mother, Mrs. Jennet Adegoke, in providing him with crucial mental support and encouragement on his journey to becoming an international basketball player.

Barrister Lawal and Oyo state officials welcome Abiodun Adegoke
Barrister Lawal and Oyo state officials welcome Abiodun Adegoke

Mrs. Adegoke, residing in Ibadan’s Eleyele Area, shared that Abiodun’s father, Adegoke Waheed, a retired Nigerian Army soldier, passed away many years ago.

Mrs. Adegoke recalled the remarkable circumstances surrounding Abiodun’s birth, noting that she experienced minimal pain during labor and delivered him in their room without complications. She expressed amazement at his size and robustness compared to her other children. As Abiodun grew, his exceptional height stood out, surpassing even his parents’ and grandparents’ stature.

 

She expressed deep gratitude to Mr. Luqman for his exceptional support to Abiodun and their family, especially during challenging times, describing him as a cherished member of their family.

 

Abiodun’s older brother, Mathew Adegoke, reminisced about their childhood, highlighting Abiodun’s towering height even at a young age. He humorously remarked that Abiodun’s height was such that he had to jump to slap him if he ever misbehaved, underscoring his brother’s extraordinary stature from an early age.

Mathew shared anecdotes from Abiodun’s childhood, mentioning how he had to bend down to be at the same level as his friends when going out due to his towering height. Despite his remarkable stature, Abiodun was described as a gentle and reserved child who preferred spending time indoors and spoke sparingly.

Barrister Lawal, along with Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye; Commissioner for Special Duties, Fausat Joke Sanni; Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Wasilat Adegoke, and other senior officials, warmly greeted Abiodun Adegoke, his mother Mrs. Jennet Adegoke, his brother Matthew Adegoke, and the Founder and CEO of MPAC Sports, Mr. Luqman Rashad, during their meeting.
Barrister Lawal, along with Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye; Commissioner for Special Duties, Fausat Joke Sanni; Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Wasilat Adegoke, and other senior officials, warmly greeted Abiodun Adegoke, his mother Mrs. Jennet Adegoke, his brother Matthew Adegoke, and the Founder and CEO of MPAC Sports, Mr. Luqman Rashad, during their meeting.

Mr. Luqman Rashad, the Founder of MPAC Sports, highlighted Abiodun Adegoke’s status as the tallest and most active basketball player globally, standing at an impressive height of 7 feet 11 inches. He noted that Abiodun’s profile has garnered attention from people worldwide, including dignitaries like the royal family in the United Arab Emirates.

 

As Abiodun gains international recognition and accumulates a significant following, Mr. Luqman emphasized the importance of acknowledging his roots and receiving recognition from his home country.

He expressed the widespread interest in Abiodun’s background and called for acknowledgment and support from Nigeria, given his growing prominence on the global stage.

 

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