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2Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Ikechukwu & Vector to “Play” at the Mark D Ball Basketball Tournament in Benue State | Wednesday 26th – Monday 31st December 2012



Mark D Ball is a basketball tournament that occurs annually during the Christmas period in the heart of Idoma land, Benue state. Originally called ‘Save the Game Project’, about four years ago it was rebranded to Mark D Ball!

Every year, Benue State hosts a plethora of stars and dignitaries to an exciting sports and social gathering. This sports tournament is however, no ordinary tournament, as its main function is to use sports as a means of youth empowerment and community building.

About four years ago, the Senate President David Mark, threw his weight behind this competition and made it a prominent feature on the social calendar for both Benue State and Nigeria at large. The idea of this initiative is the Senate President’s commitment of getting the youths off the street through something they can easily relate to – sports.

Mark D Ball 5 – 2012 Edition
The 2012 edition of the Mark D Ball basketball tournament is again set to keep youths off the streets. More than 250 children within the ages of eight to sixteen years would be trained and that those selected after the training would be given scholarships to go to school and also build up their career in sports.

It also comes with an interesting twist. Mark D Ball team will go up against a celebrity team of basket-ball players, in a friendly game at the opening ceremony of the tournament.

Artistes include 2Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Ikechukwu, Vector and more!

Date: Wednesday 26th – Monday 31st December, 2012
Venue: Otukpo Club 45, Otukpo, Benue State
Contact: For more information and general enquiries please call 08055865545 or 07068777722 | Visit | Follow on Twitter @Markdball2012

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Soraya

    December 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    how much were the ‘celebs’ paid??? Afterall in Nigeria, there is no such thing as free lunch these days- at least where ‘celebs’ are concerned lol

    • lorenz

      December 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm


  2. brandigest

    December 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Soraya, I know 2Face can perform for free when it involves a humanity project.

  3. abdullahi nurudeen s d-e light

    December 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    so much fun gona be der, but for we oncoming artist are we going to display our talent there too

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