Nigerian youth are invested in the game of football, particularly foreign leagues and tournaments, and they demonstrate this in various ways including expressing their (sometimes very strong) thoughts on social media.
TPL started as a group of friends connected by social media and their love for soccer, coming together to "walk the tweet". A series of football and networking events were organized with an aim to tap into the passion displayed on social media, and now we have a goal to create a greater presence for homegrown football.
The inaugural TPL edition held on May 29 (Democracy day) at Meadow Hall, Ikate Lekki. It was a one day tournament involving four teams ((The Guns, The Rebels, the Blues and The Red Devils), entirely formed via Twitter. That edition was sponsored by Samsung Mobile Nigeria, and won by the the Red Devils (male championship) and the Tsarinas (female championship). Since then, a total of 5 events have taken place across Lagos, Nigeria.
TPL has grown to become the biggest social media driven, semi-professional football tournament the state of Lagos has ever seen, and is gradually gaining audience on the international scene, with features in the Guardian UK and the BBC World Service.
We give back to the community by partnering with charity outfits such as StayInSchool Nigeria and participating in charity events and outreaches such as the annual Christmas on the Streetz.
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Haaaayyyy! You don’t watch football? Ok, ok, ok.
*cue soundtrack* *Enter #FunCorner*
In a bid to provide alternative avenues for crowd engagement, and sources of fun and excitement that aren’t limited to playing and watching others play soccer, we introduced TPL Fun Corner. At #TPL5, the fun corner featured mini basketball tournaments, and soccer shootouts (a.k.a. monkey post). We have taken feedback from our debut appearance and are working to make the fun corner even more exciting and engaging for the crowd at future TPL events!