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Vyootopia Festival: John Mikel Obi partner for African youths

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By Doosuur Iwambe

John Mikel Obi has partnered with Vyootopia to extend his legacy with social impact activities that drives what they call SEERIE ( S- Safeguard, E – Educate, E – Empower, R – Rebuild Communities, I – Inspire, E – Entertain).

This is coming after the sporting star’s retirement from football.

The Vyootopia Festival of sports, entertainment and culture is a multicultural festival that leverages sports and entertainment to curate socially immersive events and impactful conversations that can accelerate sustainable developmental initiatives for youths and their communities in Africa.

It is organised to educate and empower young people, and the maiden edition is billed to kick off on Thursday, December 8 at the Wave Beach in Lagos.

Vyootopia Festival starts with a digital sports conference, ball juggling challenge, fitness, beach football, culminates in an Afroterra musical concert… all in one venue.

According to the organisers, the SEERIE expectation is that millions of youths will be empowered in Africa and beyond.

It would be remembered that Mikel is not new in this space especially with regards to the work he has been doing through his Not-for-Profit (Mikel Obi Foundation) and his famous Back2Base Project.

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This edition of Vyootopia Festival, which coincides with the 2022 FIFA World Cup happening from December 8, aims to fuse the passionate energy of football and the creative brilliance of African music and culture into a memorable, recreational live experience for fans and followers of sports and music.

Through their partnership with Mission89, a research, education and advocacy organization inspired by the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, FIFA’s Article 19 intended to protect the commercial movement of footballers under the age of 18 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) principles prohibiting the exploitation of young athletes, ensuring that they are protected from unscrupulous recruiters and agents, Vyootopia goes above and beyond to safeguard youths from human trafficking and irregular migration in and through sports.

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