The Nigeria Football Federation has congratulated a former Member of its Board, High Chief (Pastor) Emeka Inyama who marked his milestone 60th birthday anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) on Wednesday.
General Secretary of the Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, minced no words in declaring that Pastor Inyama, who excelled as a sports journalist before venturing into administration where he has also over the decades become a reference point, deserved encomiums on his big day.
“High Chief Emeka Inyama has ventured into, braced the challenges therein and emerged as an exemplary personality in several fields of endeavour. We congratulate him on his 60th birthday and pray that he will spend many more years on earth in good health and in prosperity,” Sanusi said.
An energetic, eloquent and ebullient personality, High Chief (Pastor) Emeka Inyama, born in Lagos on 26th August 1960, started off as a journalist with the Nigerian Statesman and also worked with Community Concord and Champion Newspapers, after which he blazed the trail with kindred spirits Fan Ndubuoke and Onyebuchi Abia to launch Nigeria’s first all-sports newspaper, Sportslink.
The debonair Inyama would go ahead to prove his mettle in sports marketing, sports administration and political engineering, showing wisdom, sobriety, sapience and admirable intellectual heft along the way.
He has served meritoriously as Chairman of the Abia State Football Association, Commissioner for Sports in Abia State, Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (during which he was also Chairman of the Nigeria National League and at different times headed the Marketing and Media and Publicity sub-committees) and Member of the CAF Media Committee. He also served as General Manager (Marketing) of the Local Organising Committee for 8th All-Africa Games Nigeria 2003 and Chairman, Marketing for the FIFA U17 World Cup Nigeria 2009.
Presently, he is the Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League club, Abia Warriors FC, and also Chairman of the PDP Umuahia South Stakeholders Forum.
Today, the exemplary ‘Lagos Boy’ of the years of yore serves assiduously, diligently and conscientiously in the Lord’s vineyard as a pastor of the Christian Church.