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To assist in the promotion and development of sporting activities in Nigeria, the CBN has been sponsoring various sporting events. These include Lawn Tennis, Golf Tournament and All Financial Institutions Football Competition. 


The finals of the 41st edition was held at the Tennis Court, National Stadium, Abuja, on Saturday, 29th June, 2019.

This year’s finals featured exciting and keenly contested matches to the delight of all spectators. The star match and finals of the men’s single was won by Sylvester Emmanuel, beating Babalola Abdulmumin in two straight sets to retain the Men’s Singles title back to back. Other winners included Oyinlomo Barakat Quadry (Ladies single), Oluwadamilere Adewale (Men’s wheelchair), Omisore Kafayat, Ladies wheelchair), while the duos of Babalola Abdul/ Shehu Lawan and Oyinlomo B. Quadry/Tenu Micheal clinched the men’s and ladies’ doubles respectively.

It is worthy of note that this is the only tournament that the Nigeria Tennis Federation rely on for the selection of players who represent the country at international tournaments, such as Davies Cup, All African Games, among others.

  1. CBN Junior Tennis Tournament

The finals of the 14th edition was held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Race Club, Lagos, on Saturday, 30th March, 2019. This year’s championship witnessed an upsurge in the number of kids from various states of the federation and across different age categories participating. Dignitaries present at the event included, the Director, Federations and Elites Athletes Department, Mrs. Tayo Oreweme, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Olusade Adesola. Also in attendance were the President of the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF), Mr. Ifedayo Akindoju, Board members of the NTF, Directors and Executives of various Tennis academies and students from ten Secondary Schools in Lagos to cheer the players.

High point of this year’s tournament was the sensational performance at the lower category, the girls 10 and Under, by an eight-year-old German player, Lorelay Sieghnde Holzendorff, who caused a great upset, as she played her way into the semi-finals.

Little Holzendorf a Basic Four Pupil of Dorety Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos was a first timer in the tournament and in spite of her age and size, was able to defeat bigger and older players without dropping a set in her play-offs winning all the games and emerging the winner in that category defeating Esther Ekhimbe at the finals.

Other winners included, Yohanna Yakubu, Seun Ogunshakin, Nnena Yakubu, David Ekpeyong, Serena Teluwo, David Dawaroye and Omolade Aderemi at various categories from 10 and under all the way to 16 and under.

This circuit is a platform for the discovery of teenage talents and potential champions who will transit to compete in the Senior Tennis Championship


The finals of the 2019 edition was played at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium on, Saturday, September 21, 2019, with the Central Bank of Nigeria Football Club emerging winners of the competition. The CBN team defeated Unity Bank Football Club by a lone goal to lift the trophy.

The CBN in collaboration with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) organizes this competition to foster closer relationship among employees of banks and other financial institutions. This competition started in 1979, with the maiden edition marking the 20th anniversary of CBN. Prominent football stars like late Stephen Keshi, Henry Nwosu, Kanu Nwankwo, etc. had featured in the competition.


In continuation of its commitment to the development of sports, the Bank in 2007 commenced the sponsorship of the CBN Governor’s Golf Cup Tournament at the IBB International Golf & Country Club, Maitama, Abuja.

The objective of this tournament was to create an atmosphere of relaxation for distinguished captains of industry and also harvest criticisms and feedback on the various policies and initiatives of the Bank.

The 12th edition of the CBN Governor’s Golf Cup Tournament was held at the IBB Golf and Country Club, Maitama, Abuja, on Saturday, 8th December, 2018.


Facts : 7/24/1958
First Governor of CBN:Mr. Roy Pentelow Fenton was appointed the first and the only expatriate Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. He served from July 24, 1958 to July 24, 1963.
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