Michael A. Ajayi

Michael A. Ajayi

Michael A. Ajayi
Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ajayi , M.A is a Professor of Sport Psychology and Leisure Studies at the University of Ibadan. He is the current Head of Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education in the Institution . He bagged his( PhD) in 1992 and started his University teaching career in 1996 as a Lecturer grade one and was promoted to the rank of a Professor in October, 2006. He has supervised more than fifty Master of Education projects and twenty-five doctoral theses. Professor Ajayi and one of his students; Dr. AFA Fatokun (late) won the prestigious 2007 Canadian (African) Sport research with the cutting- edge research on Sport Emotional Intelligence. As an erudite scholar, Professor Ajayi has attended several international conferences where he presented refereed papers. Many of these papers have been published in credible academic outlets. He belongs to many professional associations within and outside Nigeria. He has also served as a visiting Professor to the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Recreation, University of Botswana in Gaborone, Federal Republic of Botswana, for a period of two years. Professor Ajayi is the Editor-In -Chief of some journals and also serves as External Examiners/ Moderators to several universities in Nigeria. In addition, he has assisted in the assessment of many professorial candidates . He has over sixty publications to his credit. He is married to Bunmi Ajayi (PhD) who teaches Early Childhood Education at Obafemi Awolowo University ,Ile-Ife in Osun State. Nigeria They are blessed with children.

Abstract

CITY MARATHON FOR INTEGRITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE:
RUNNING FOR LEISURE OR FOR MONEY?

For the first time in West Africa, a full marathon race was conceptualized and staged by a radio corporation called the Integrity Radio; FM Splash 105.5 situated in the western part of Nigeria; in the ancient city of Ibadan. It started in 2010 and by 2019; the 10th edition took place in Ibadan. This marathon is a 42.2 Kilometer race covering different zones of the city.
The objectives of the race according to the organizers are to:
i. boost integrity among the youths,
ii. influence good governance,
iii. encourage transparency and discourage corruption at all levels;
iv. encourage gainful use of leisure and to develop keep fit behaviour
To achieve the said objectives, the organisers for 2019 edition, in collaboration with Power Oil Company motivated the winners with a total sum of three million Naira. This paper used observation technique and structured interview to ascertain the extent of the achievement of its objectives in the last ten years. Different sectors of the youths in Ibadan were surveyed (n= 250). The study sought answers to four questions based on the objectives of the race. The results showed that there is no link among integrity building, good governance, transparency, discouragement of corruption and participation in the marathon. Rather, the opinion pool concluded that participants of the marathon were motivated by the monetary rewards attached to participation.

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