“PEACE ZONES are not only solving CONFLICTS but also encouraging and bringing more development in BASKETBALL. The youths are happy and occupied with Basketball away from evil, trouble and hooliganism. The seating for players constructed by BB4P is another achievement, however, the message of peace is most important and should be preached to all NIGERIANS”. – Johnson Ochigbo.
“I started to play Basketball in my secondary school and just fell in love with it. Later after finishing school, some friends invited me to be playing in our neighborhood playing ground, which I did and soon began to regularly go. I always knew I was doing well as a player, but it was not until BB4P program came that I realized my full potentials and how to keep working hard becuase of the competition around. As a basketball player I learned a lot from the program and got to meet many important people in basketball that I never knew. It also paved a way for me to be invited to the radar hoops camp and now I have been selected to join the festival camp team for my state. The BB4P program has given the opportunity to be on the path that I have always dreamt of which is to further improve my basketball skills with the hope of playing professional someday. I’m very thankful and glad I was opportune to be a part of the program. It was a great privilege for me . I look forward to participating in up coming BB4P programs.” – Harry Ezenibe.
“For the message of PEACE to continue and penetrate deep into our communities BB4P need to give out more BB4P T-shirts, include more women and host, periodical PEACE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN at each PEACE ZONE” – Edward Tox.
“The Y.M.C.A. is situated at the heart of one of the most volatile areas in Kaduna, where riots always take place but BB4P made Peace to reign in the area”. – Halidu Mohammed.
“Coaches are having problems of bringing down the number of boys in each PEACE ZONE because everyday youth hear more about BB4P and they all want to join”. – BB4P Coaches.
“The youth are looking forward to more from BB4P, but most importantly they have embraced PEACE in place of violence, they prefer to-talk-it-over instead of exchanging blows (fighting)”. – Aliku Saeed.
“BB4P rings its bell and sings her songs of PEACE for Youth in areas of CONFLICT, so that they can resist being used to cause chaos in this country”. – Ademola Adigun.
“All the PEACE ZONES are rehabilitated and fully utilized with more and more YOUTH turning up daily wishing to join BB4P ”. – Co-ordinators.
“From the workshop, CONFLICT was defined as an opportunity for change or danger. Thus the need to control and manage CONFLICT so that only change occurs. Understanding this important fact provided all of us the opportunity to improve ourselves”. – Umar Bala.
“For the first time I witnessed a PEACEFUL Basketball Match without players boxing themselves nor spectators causing commotion, the benefit of BB4P are unbelievable”. – Mustapha Gagari.
“I have understood that ‘sports’ is not-a-do-or-die-affair, it’s not I must win by force affair e.t.c. Also I learnt how to accept defeat when I lose without causing CONFLICT and to enlighten my assistants, players and spectators not to cause CONFLICT by fighting or damaging properties”. – Sanusi Shuaibu.
“BB4P is very much in line with the present administration’s resolve to bring about peaceful co-existence among the teeming youth in the state through sports” – Abdullahi Ibrahim (D.O.S., Kano).
“The icing-on the cake was when BB4P providing playing shoes for the players. It was incredible, fans, spectators, and passersby who witnessed the event could only say one thing ALLAH YA SAKA, which means MAY GOD BLESS”. Umar I. Bala.
“If BB4P is sustained in keeping with its present age group levels, it will not only avoid CONFLICT but would be desired to feed the NIGERIA age group National Teams”. – Tari Preh.
“BB4P is a long awaited program for KANO, it has trained CHRISTIANS and MUSLIMS the spirit of Brotherhood and Anger Control. As a result our YOUTH have acquired more Basketball and Conflict Management Skills and have competed without crisis”. – Ado Ahmadu.
“The youth were fully engaged throughout the program, potentials were identified, improvement of play and PEACE reigned. The credibility of BB4P is the understanding it made between players, coaches, spectators, and officials for PEACE” – Bala Uman.
“All participants have understood that an unpeaceful atmosphere is an inhabitable atmosphere, therefore they are willing to be ambassadors of Peace, reflecting a spirit of sportsmanship, love, respect, tolerance and peace”. – Ola Gani.
“Many players are proud to be part of the BB4P Program. After the games the Conflict Managers assembled both winning and losing teams and spectators to preach PEACE and drink Coke. This has made officiating easier”. – Bulus Audi.
“BB4P is an excellent means of youth integration. They are becoming more and more interested in listening to the Conflict Management talks and participating”. – Martina Kure (Mrs.)
“BB4P changed everything, it was like a DAY DREAM, from poverty and a waste disposal area to billionaires. Everything had changed from old to new, new BASKETBALLS, a new standard size Basketball Court, Up-rights and rings changed the nature of the KANO, Zoo Road PEACE ZONE. New players and old ones that had left all came trooping back because of the BB4P Project”. – Mustapha Gagari.