About NUGA Games, why 2022 Nuga was held at Unilag, and how the University of Portharcourt won

NUGA 2022 reports-uniport emerged winner seven consecutive time- held at unilag
NUGA 2022 reports-uniport emerged winner seven consecutive time- held at unilag

NUGA is an acronym for “Nigeria University Games Association.”

What is NUGA Game about?

NUGA Game is a sporting activity that gathers selected athletes from various universities in Nigeria that are members of NUGA. There are currently over 30 Universities, ” Federal and State,” as members of NUGA.

The selected athletes represent their university in the interuniversity sports competition.

What are the NUGA University Games? 

Some of NUGA’s sporting events are:

  1. Volleyball
  2. Table tennis
  3. Track and Field
  4. Swimming
  5. Squash
  6. Soccer
  7. Scrabble
  8. Karate
  9. Judo
  10. Hockey
  11. Handball
  12. E-Sport
  13. Basketball
  14. Badminton
  15. Chess
  16. Cricket

When did NUGA start?

NUGA kicked off in 1966. The first edition was held at the University of Ibadan. NUGA became a member of the World Federation University Games (FISU) in 1970 and was a founding member of the All Africa University Game Association (FASU) in 1974.

Is NUGA yearly?

The NUGA game is supposed to be bi-annually, however, some unforeseen circumstances usually cause it to be postponed. So, at times, it may take three or four years before the next edition.

Why NUGA 2022 was held at Unilag

Every member university is always given hosting rights after each event. The University of Lagos was awarded the hosting rights of the 26th NUGA games after the 25th edition. The 25th edition was held at The University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) in 2017

UAM was awarded the hosting rights in 2013 after the 24th edition which was held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. 

What university will host the next edition of the NUGA Games?

The University of Jos will host the next edition of the NUGA games. 

The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe handed the NUGA flag to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof Stephen Hamafyelto as the next school to host the Nuga games.

In essence, the University of Jos has been awarded the hosting rights and would host other universities in the 27th edition.

Who won the last NUGA games?

University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) won the last NUGA games.

How did the University of Port-harcourt (UNIPORT) win?

The University of Port-harcourt (UNIPORT) came top in most of the sporting activities. It won a total of 120 medals and went home with the trophy donated by Chairman of MultiChoice Nigeria and Odofin of Ikorodu Kingdom, High Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya.

How many times has the University of Port-Harcourt won NUGA Games?

The University of Port-Harcourt has won NUGA Games seven consecutive times.

Who were the top three in NUGA Game 2022?

  1. University of Port-harcourt (Winner)
  2. University of Lagos (First Runner up)
  3. University of Nile (Second Runner up)

What award did Benson Idahosa University (BIU) win during NUGA 2022?

Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Edo State won a trophy for the “Best Behaved University.” 

What edition was the last NUGA game?

It was the 26th edition.

Where did the 26th edition of the NUGA game take place?

It was held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Sports Center from March 16 to 26, 2022. 

Was there an ASUU strike during NUGA games?

Yes ASUU was on strike when the 26th edition of the NUGA game was held at the University of Lagos.

Did Universities turn up for the NUGA Game despite the ASUU strike?

Yes! The UNILAG Sports Center was filled to the brim amidst the ongoing strike.

NUGA Games 2022 sponsors

Guarantee Trust Bank, Tecno Phones, and so on. Tecno gave out ten phones to the top ten best male and female champions.

Who were the clowns at NUGA Games 2022?

The University of Ibadan athletes came with a coffin bragging that it would emerge the winner, and would throw other university athletes, Unilages athletes in particular into the coffin. But they got the shocker of their lives as they did not even get to the top 15. Omashe!

Winners and the medals won

University Medals

University of Port-har-court 120

University of Lagos 86

Nile University, Abuja 38

University of Ilorin, Ilorin 38

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 38

University of Benin, Benin 37

Ahmadu Bello Univerity, Zaria 20

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Har-Court 18

Federal University of Technology, Akure 15

University of Nigeria, NSUKKA 5

Image source- Unilag

What university will host the 27th edition of the NUGA Games?

The University of Jos will host the 27th edition of the NUGA games. 

The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe handed the NUGA flag to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof Stephen Hamafyelto as the next school to host the Nuga games.

In essence, the University of Jos has been awarded the hosting rights and would host other universities in the 27th edition.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_University_Games_Association#:~:text=The%20Nigerian%20University%20Games%20Association,competition%20called%20the%20University%20Games.

https://dailytrust.com/uniport-emerges-champion-of-nuga-2022#:~:text=The%20University%20of%20Port%2DHarcourt,March%2016%20to%2026%2C%202022.

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