What started as a community event is now attracting global attention,with the likes of
Supersports, Rhythm 93.7 FM, Wave FM PH, Groth Network, Accurial media (USA) etc supporting
The 2020 edition which held on Saturday 12th of December featured an upgraded 21
kilometresrace which kicked off from the prestigious Finima Stadium and ended at the
Government Primary school in the very Grand Bonny Kingdom.
Nkeki Maina ended the 2020 Bonny Island Marathon as the fastest man finishing at a record
time of 62 minutes 30 seconds.
He finished more than 8 minutes before Egu Michael and
Godspower Benson coming second and third at 70 minutes 4 seconds and 70 minutes 5 seconds
Nkeki Maina broke the record previously held by the 2019 winner,Nengiya Wilcox who finished
the race in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Wilcox was also thefirst "Indigenous Winner."
1st NKEKI YAKUBU MAINA - 62mins 30secs
2nd NKEKI EGU KELECHI MICHEAL - 70mins 4secs
3rd GODSPOWER BENSON - 70mins 5secs
4th NENGIYE WILCOX - 90mins 10secs
5th HAMADJAM SOUDI - 95mins 40secs
6th EMMANUEL ZACHARIAH - 99mins 0secs
7th VICTOR JOSEPH - 100mins 2secs
8th PETER DIAWAIRA - 130mins 7secs
9th LUCKY VICTOR BANIGO - 140mins 10secs
10th JEREMIAH ARIBIBIA - 145mins 0secs
Island Marathon is an all-inclusive race with a special category for women. AGBOWO
MODESTER who is the latest winner and the 'Iron Woman' in this category finished at exactly
150 minutes 6 seconds. Followed closely on second position by ALLAPUTA NENGI at 160minutes
20 seconds with JANE FRANCIS CHUKWUMA coming third by finishing at 181 minutes35 seconds.
RICHES AARON JUMBO
MICAH MIRACLE BENSON
Nkeki Maina received a cheque of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (NGN200,000) for winning the
Marathon. While Egu Michael and Godspower Benson received One Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Naira (NGN150,000) and One Hundred Thousand Naira (NGN100,000) only,
respectively for coming second and third.
With strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines and a range of safety measures in place,
BonnyIsland Marathon recorded "No casualties" for the third consecutive time. Many thanks to
ourhealth and safety partners notably; Delta Hospital, Channel Clinic, General Hospital, Pan
OJ Clinic, Federal Road Safety Corps, Rotary Club of Grand Bonny, Bonny LGA Sanitation
Committee, Bonny Youths Federation (Director of Security) and the Finima Youth Congress
The organizing partners of Bonny Island Marathon notably Bonny Island Magazine represented
by Boma Halliday; Yungneph Images represented by Prince Brown wishes to extend a deep
appreciation to the
Amanyanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, King Edward Asimini Williams Dappa Pepple, the Executive
Chairman, Bonny LGA - Hon. Engr. David Rogers
irimagha; the Vice-Chairman - Hon. Anengi Barasua including Mr Hope Furo the Lead
Sponsor and other key stakeholders.
Bonny Island Marathon comes with an exciting atmosphere. It typically culminates with a
and side attractions. In the last three years, it has been greeted with much acceptance and
becoming one of the most anticipated events in the Island region of Rivers State, attracting
participants across Nigeria, and recently globally.
According to Maina, winner of the Bonny Island Marathon speaking to newsmen: "When I
started. I did not think I'll win. With amazing athletes all running, including the winner
last year.But with hard work, I was optimistic and here I am. I thank everyone who inspired
me and the Bonny Island Marathon organisers for giving me the opportunity."
Prince Brown, co-organiser of the Bonny Island Marathon expressed his gratitude to all
partners, sponsors and contributors. Stating that there is currently plans in place for a
biggeredition come next year, with high prospects in sight. "We are happy for this success.
Our plansfor next year will be bigger. It is our ambition. We hope Covid-19 restrictions
relax a bit with a
more open atmosphere come 2021." He said.