the 2023 Lagos International Polo Tournament has announced BUA Group, Africa’s leading food, mining and infrastructure conglomerate, as title sponsor of the tournament which will take place from January 28 to February 19 in Lagos.

In addition, BUA will sponsor the most prestigious high-level subsidiary cup, the Independence Cup, recognized as Nigeria’s oldest polo award and in which top-level teams have competed since the early 20th century.

Formerly the Kaiser Wilhelm Cup, the glittering prize was donated in 1914 by the then German ambassador to Nigeria, for high-scoring teams from Nigeria and Cameroon to compete.

They renamed the cup the Independence Cup when Nigeria secured its independence in 1960 and it is one of two cups awarded to the winner of the Majekodunmi final.

Speaking about the partnership, O’tega Ogra, Director of Corporate Communications at BUA Group, said: “Polo, which is popularly called ‘The Game of Kings and the King of Games’, is a game characterized by a beautiful Demonstration of strength, character, professionalism, mastery and teamwork, values ​​that we share at BUA.

“We believe that the Lagos International Polo Tournament embodies the full experience of the game, and as a proudly African organization with roots in Nigeria, BUA Group is proud to once again partner with the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which is the the most prestigious Polo Club in West Africa.”

“Our key brands, including two of the top 10 companies in Africa, BUA Cement and BUA Foods, will be on hand to host various activations during the tournament,” he added.

Rotimi Makanjuola, captain of the Lagos Polo Club, said the tournament will feature Nigerian and foreign teams competing in four major cups, namely the Open Cup, from January 28 to February 5; Majekodunmi Cup, from February 7 to 12; Baja Cup, from February 7 to 19 and Silver Cup, from February 14 to 19.

He added that the tournament is going to be exciting and colorful to experience.

According to Makanjuola, “For this year, we have 30 teams playing in the 4 different cups. We have 13 in the silver cup, 14 in the Baja Cup, 8 in the Open Cup and 3 in the Majekodunmi Cup. This season is also going to be very special because we have young players coming to play in their first tournament that will also be televised through the internationally renowned PoloCam TV”.

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The Lagos Polo Club was founded in 1904 in Lagos State, Nigeria, and over the years has organized tournaments between different groups from all over the world, attracting interest from the sporting community, business leaders, polo lovers and businessmen to your door.

The ‘Game of Kings’, as it is commonly known, each year draws a crowd that believes in the superiority of the game on the hallowed grounds of Lagos Polo Club in Nigeria.

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