Children’s Day celebration came early for students of some secondary schools across Lagos state.

Thousands of them converged on Lagos Island to compete for honours in athletics and football for both female and male.

It was the grand Finale of the 2017 Radio One Children Sports Fiesta on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Mini Stadium, in Campos, Lagos Island.

Spiced with music, comedy, calisthenic displays, stunt performances and the opportunity to meet with sports heroes.

The event from the onset was designed to cater to the children’s positive fantasies.

Not often do kids get to see the likes of Super Eagles’ former goalkeeper, Peter Rufai and Nigeria’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa together.

They made the best of it but their parents and guardians who came to watch the games enjoyed the guests even more.

It was a battle of selfies with smartphones in shapes and sizes, ladies pouting and men going pop with their two fingers.

The stars equally enjoyed it with Chioma Ajunwa commending the organisers for the highly entertaining event which she believed is a gift to Nigerian sport administrators and a sign that the children have a future.

“Sport in Nigeria has got to be everybody’s business for us to get as many champions as we want and that is exactly what we are doing here today.

“Radio One is championing this event, trying to get them young and that is the only way we can get them because right from the junior level, whatever you impact in them is what they grow with,” she said.

Her words were in tandem with the dream of the chief organizer - the General Manager of Radio One, Mrs Funke Treasure Durodola.

In her opening address, she emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in the manner in which Children’s Day is celebrated in Nigeria.

“We want to influence the Nigerian Child to begin to see the prospects in sports. We want our children to look forward to Children’s Day with purpose and vision. We want them to think bigger about other sports apart from football.

“At Radio One 103.5FM, we want to celebrate our children in a much more relevant and impactful way by engaging them in sporting activities and using Sports to educate, inform and entertain them,” she said.

The preliminary matches had held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Queens College Sports Pavilion. 

At the end of the finals on Wednesday, Revival College Ikorodu emerged champion of the female football after defeating the fans’ favourites, Queens College on penalties. ASC School came third after winning the third-place playoff.

The boys’ final saw Madiba College defeating Amanda Adansi school, with Greater Tomorrow Academy coming third.

In the 4x100 metres, Queens College came 1st, Ikpe comprehensive 2nd while Jotlaf school came 3rd.

Chairman of the event was the 1st Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi.

This was the second edition of the Radio One Children Sports Fiesta. The first edition held at the Onikan Stadium in 2016.