Ogun to name street, stadium after Joshua

Ogun to name street, stadium after Joshua
May 02 08:28 2017

The Ogun state government  has announced  plans to honour  new world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Joshua defeated Ukranian legend, Wladimir Klitschko,  at Wembley on Saturday, knocking him out in  the 11th round.

The bout was watched by 90,000 fans inside the stadium.

The London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist was born in England  to Nigerian parents, who hail from Sagamu in  Ogun state.

He had spent part of his early years in Nigeria before returning to Britain.

Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Afolabi Afuape,  said on Monday: “Anthony Joshua has made us proud as our son. A decision will be taken on  how the state will honour him.

“We are planning that, it is still at an infancy stage. As soon as we conclude the plans, you will be informed.”

Meanwhile, Majority Leader of the Ogun  State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, has said he will move a motion  to have the Sagamu  Stadium renamed Anthony Joshua Stadium, and the popular Cinema Street in Sagamu renamed Anthony Joshua Street.

Of the two, the street is the most significant, as his family owns almost half the land and property on one side of the street.

The cinema, from which the road takes its name, was built by his great grandfather  Daniel Adebambo Joshua in the 50s, and is one of the oldest of such facilities in the country.

Mafe joined hundreds of Sagamu youths to watch the fight in an open air viewing event organised by the Sagamu Youth Congress, and was thrilled by both the turnout and the outcome.

“We are proud of what he has achieved as a son of Sagamu, and we will be happy to do our own little bit to show our appreciation and support for him,” Mafe said.