When were the seeds that germinated in Nigeria?s resurgence at the 8th All Africa Games planted? The recent success of Team Nigeria, the stability in coaching staff, and the forming of a vision for sports development, these and more were products of the tenure of Sir Patrick Ekeji as Director General of the National Sports Commission.
In this beautifully narrated memoir, Odyssey of a Green Eagle ? From the Pitch to the Summit, follow this quintessential sportsman on his journey from the football pitch to the summit of sports administration in Nigeria. From his humble beginnings in the playground of the Obalende Barracks, through the playing fields of Mbaise and Owerri at the height of the Nigerian Civil War, winning the Adebajo Cup as a schoolboy in the legendary East Central State Academicals team of 1971?a team with which he earned the well-deserved nickname of Powerhouse?that featured future legends like Christian Chukwu, and his stint in the Green Eagles both as a player and as a coach, Pat Ekeji regales the reader with short vignettes from a life of service to sport and human endeavor.
Odyssey of a Green Eagle, while offering backroom insight, also presents solutions to the dilemmas that have dogged sports administration in the country. A section of it discusses the author?s input to the National Sports Commission Bill at the National Assembly and some of the processes he put in place while he was Director General of the National Sports Commission. It is an indispensable book, chronicling an era of greats in Nigerian sports.