|Tafida Wadzani Gadzama|
*Why I want to manage AFN
Nigeria’s Sydney Olympics 4x400m gold medalist, Fidelis Gadzama, has because of new realisations decided to change his name and return to his African roots totally by taking up new cognomens: Tafida Wadzani Gadzama.
Speaking in a chat, the man who got his Olympic medal 12 years after he won it said, “Professor Ngugi Wa’Thiongo used to be James Ngugi. He not only changed his world acclaimed name to that of his African roots. He stopped writing in English and writes in Kukuyi. So I am not doing anything new. I have new realisations and convictions about my roots and that is where I have returned to. Simple.”
According to Gadzama, who has signified his intention to “seek the highest office in Athletics as a way of salvaging the remnants of the destruction that has been visited on the sport. My conviction is based on the fact that, having had the privilege to have ran the tracks, I like a lot of us who had done our bits in the golden era of the sport are angry at the way things are. So, we must become change agents rather than complainants. That is why I am stepping forward to this challenge.”
Asked if being a former international athlete is enough qualification to be a successful administrator, he laughed, “your question is a yes and no. Yes because the experience will guide in the proper development of better modules that produced our likes. Here, you’ll need to look at what former French captain, Michael Platini has done to football.”
No because administering the game requires some exceptional values beyond just being a former international athlete. If this is true, Nigeria deserves to have made 10 medals in the London Olympics with the quantity of the assemblage by the AFN in our coaching crew.
Asked about the medalless outing of Nigeria in the last Olympics. He retorted, “we need to look back with what lessons we’ve learnt therefrom lest we won’t go forward. These issues informed my outcoming. We need to appreciate the unique nature of our country. With sports, we can in four years create over 2 million jobs with a high net worth of private sector funding dlowing massively if we do it as business,” said the London-based Chairman of the Athletics Association of Borno state.