Organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race, have hailed Ecobank Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), for renewing its partnership with the race as its official bank.
Ecobank was the official bank of the third and fourth editions of the race in 2015 and 2016 respectively and will now continue in that position as the official bank and one of the leading sponsors of the race for 2017.
'We are indeed delighted that the leading financial services group in sub-Saharan Africa has continued to identify with us once again,' said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race.
'The profile of the race as one of the prestigious road races in the world and one of only two in Africa to get an International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) label rating has no doubt made it very atractive to sponsors as the focus of the entire world will be on Okpekpe,a rustic,hilly town in Etsako East Local Government of Edo state on Saturday May 13,2017 when the fifth edition of the race holds. It will be the 44th IAAF label race of the year and the first to hold in Africa this year,'said Esan.
Meanwhile, Ecobank insists its support for the race is not by happenstance.