HERITAGE Bank Limited said its
sponsorship of the 3rd edition of
the just concluded 10-Kilometre
Okpekpe Road Race in Etsako Local
Government Area (LGA) of Edo State
as the Official Banker, is a further proof
that the bank is poised to promote
its legacy of innovation through
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Speaking at the race, which also
featured the Edo State Governor,
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
among other dignitaries, the Group
Managing Director/Chief Executive
Officer, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, said he was
happy that Heritage Bank is playing
a major role in the evolving sporting
brand called Okpekpe Road Race which attracts elite international
athletes to Nigeria.
This year’s edition featured
42 foreign marathoners who
joined thousands of other
Nigerian runners to compete for
the coveted prizes. The annual
international event has in its short
existence of three years attained
an International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF)
certification as a bronze label event
on its calendar, making it the only
IAAF race of such in Africa.
Both female and male winners
in the race went home with juicy
monetary rewards in the event,
which incidentally also attracts
the highest total prize money for
a 10-kilometer race in the world.
For both the female and male categories, the 1st 2nd and 3rd prize
winners received $25,000, $15,000 and
$10,000 respectively. Aside from these
there were many other prizes won by
the first eight place finishers from Edo
At the end of the race, Kenya’s Tanui
Aifele won the women category in
33.34 minutes, with her compatriots,
Rionoripo Purity and Mary Wacere
taking the second and third positions
respectively. In the male category,
Alex Korio also from Kenya came
first winning in 29.20 minutes. He
was followed by Leish Gabrsellasie of
Ethiopia while Amos Mutei of Kenya
came third.
Sekibo, who was represented at
the event by the Directorate Head,
South Emeke Anene, joined Comrade
Oshiomhole to hand over prize to the winners. He said the bank’s
partnership as Official Banker with
the promoters of the event, PAMODZI
Sports Marketing Limited and the
Edo State Government, was in line
with the joint bid to create a platform
of support and exposure for Nigerian
and African youths to international
It will be recalled that Enterprise
Bank Limited, which has been acquired by Heritage Bank
Limited, was the Official Banker of
the second edition of the race last
Top officials of IAAF, including
its Nigerian president, Solomon
Ogba, Chairman of the Nigerian
Supporters Club, Dr. Rufai Ladipo,
Chairman, organizing committee
of the race Dan Ngerem, the race
promoter, Mike Itemuagbor and
the race Coordinator and Ex-
International Yusuf Alli were all on
hand to ensure a successful outing
while a number of Nollywood
actors, former Super Eagle players
and coaches witnessed the race