See 2Face Idibia, Vector, Sound Sultan & Ikechukwu playing Basketball! Photos from the 2012 “Mark D Ball” Basketball Tournament in Benue State

Otukpo town in Benue State played host once again to an ever growing youth inspired, and youth motivated basketball tournament in December 2012 at the annual Mark D Ball Basketball Tournament.  The tournament had both female and male teams come from around Nigeria to compete with each other.

The sports festival, as some might call it, was patronized by famous names from the Nigerian entertainment industry such as 2Face Idibia, himself a native of Idoma land (Benue State), Sound Sultan, Ikechukwu and Vector. From the sporting sector, veterans of the Nigerian National BasketBall team, such as ten-time captain, Tunji Awojobi, John Allagh, Osita Nwachukwu, amongst many other notable names were present.  NBA draft Ejike Ugboaja of the Cleveland Cavaliers, brought some international experience to the field; he was named the MVP of the tournament.

Also in attendance were some dignitaries such as the Senate President, David Mark; Federal Minister of interior, Abba Moro  and Bongos Ikwue – whose chain of Double K hotels acted as the largest hospitality provider for the tournament.

Igoche Mark, a special assistant and younger brother to the Senate President is the brain behind the initiative. According to the organisers, the 12th edition of Mark D Ball was “definitely a success with side attractions such as a Miss Idoma Beauty Pageant and parties organized by RedBox Inc“. They promise an improved and bigger 13th edition.

In the Ladies’ category, the Dolphins of Lagos took home the trophy, and for the men, it was the Blame It On Experience (BIOE) team that took the trophy.

Check out photos from the tournament!

Photo Credit: Thomas Media Inc.
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13 Comments on See 2Face Idibia, Vector, Sound Sultan & Ikechukwu playing Basketball! Photos from the 2012 “Mark D Ball” Basketball Tournament in Benue State
  • Abdulmalik Yahaya January 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Nigerians inspiring Nigerian, thumbs up 4 evry1 who played a major role

  • Ginika January 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    http://bellanaija.cdn.premiumhost.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Mark-the-ball-118.jpg – this guy’s shooting stance looks off, I bet you he missed that shot.

  • Obinnanze January 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    “the 12th edition of Mark D Ball”? where have I been?

  • bobbydox January 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    i love nigerian and what govt is doing 2 help entertainment

  • ola January 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    vector on point..

    gistyinka.com

  • brandigest January 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Love the initiative. but we should begin to evaluate each project to deduce if the actual objective has been met… i don’t care if this is the 100th edition, am interested if the the noble goals was achieved. taking stock is what we don’t do in this part of the world.

    brandigest.wordpress.com

  • Retrochic January 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    impressed

  • Benson January 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Good platform to discover talents.All the big boys who have made it should please give way to the poor guys to showcase their skills i.e.those who can play to show their talent.Thumbs up to Senate President and all the organizers.

  • pade January 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    NO BE FOR THIS SAME BENUE STATE SOME COMMUNITIES NO GET COMMON HEALTH CENTER WEY BE SAY A GIRL DIED LAST YEAR FROM A COMMON AILMENT WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED FROM A COMMON HEALTH CARE CENTRE, YET I CAN IMAGINE HOW MUCH WOULD HAVE BEEN USED TO ORGANIZE THIS CHARADE.
    THIS OUR LEADERS ARE JUST JOKERS IF YOU ASK ME.

  • Omotola January 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    @ brandigest… u ar right…

  • O'drey January 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Yes ooooo Pade. Its dat same Benue dat lacks common health care facilities. $ it’ll still interest u dat dis Otukpo d senate president’s hometown lacks gud roads as well. D roads re rough 2a fault $ dey re here throwin naira around.

  • lucy Ada January 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Wao Otukpo came alive during the Mark D Ball tournament… To get latest news from benue Like this page on facebook – facebook.com/benuenewsonline

  • huh? January 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I luv my home state,BN were is the Miss Idoma show? Is it too small to be feature in your site??

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