Kwara State Government has commenced the renovation of the first
baseball part in Nigeria.
This is sequel to the visit by the Governor of Kwara State,
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his entourage paid to the moribund
international sporting facility for on the spot assessment of the
sport facilities and ascertain the working conditions of the
equipment, and promised to revamp the facilities to help it regained
its lost glory.
In less than 30 days after the Governor’s visited the baseball park,
renovation is now nearly completed in a bid to bring it back to life,
especially as there seems not to be any functioning social events
centre in the state.
Ilorin Baseball and soft Ball park which is the first Baseball Park in
Nigeria and the whole of Africa is located in Ilorin and was
commissioned by Admiral Augustus Aikhomu in the year 1991.
Thereafter the game attracted large number of sports lovers, also
helps in growing more interests in the game across the country.
Over the years, the Baseball and Soft ball Park that had the potential
of improving Baseball participation and achieving its aim of grooming
future Baseball stars that will represent the country internationally
become a shadow of its self as a result of negligence by the previous
The international sport facility has now been turn to a mere event
center where wedding ceremony and other social functions are hosted.
Looking back at the struggles of the founding fathers of Baseball in
Kwara and Nigeria, one will only decry the unfortunate situation of
In the year 1989 baseball game was introduced in Kwara by General
Ishola Williams (rtd) then Commandant training and Doctrine command of
the Nigerian Army based in Minna through Pa David Akintola who was a
former Director of Sports in the state, ardent sportsmen and women,
sports analysts and enthusiasts.
Sports lovers however believes the baseball game ought to have
recorded more success in Kwara and Nigeria at large as against its
present underdeveloped status.
The park is redesigned from its previous look, its presently well
equipped with spectator seats, turf field, led light, changing room,
rest room for home team and away team, coaches office, car park and
shopping center. After completion it will serve as a sporting arena
and a recreation centre.