American music superstar, Stevie Wonder, is among the top stars expected in Nigeria for the country’s leg of the Nelson Mandela Commonwealth Nations and America Unifying Wrestling Championship, which will also hold in South Africa, the United States and Britain.
According to the Project Coordinator, ace musician, Tee Mac Itseli, the multi-talented Grammy Award winning star, will lead a strong cast of stars from the United States, Britain and South Africa, who will join Nigerians (musicians and comedians) to spice up the wrestling carnival in honour of the late Mandela.
According to Tee Mac, “we have some interesting stars coming for the event, but I think the coming of Stevie Wonder for the event further testifies to the power of Mandela name to draw the best in all areas even in death.
“Soon, we will come out with the list of all the participants in the championship, which is a collaboration of the South African High Commission, American embassy and the Ultimate Wrestling and Charity Organization (TUWCO).
Meanwhile, Universal Professional Wrestling Federation’s (UPWF) world champion, Nigeria’s Osita Offor, also known as De Ultimate Commander, has gone into camp to prepare for the championship, which will see him facing some of the top wrestlers in the profession.
The Nelson Mandela Commonwealth Nations and America Unifying Championship will take Nigerian, American, Canadian, South African and European wrestlers to South Africa, Britain, the US, Canada and Nigeria in celebration of the late South African legend, Dr. Nelson Mandela.
De Ultimate Commander said he has concluded consultations with top local and foreign wrestlers to ensure that he emerged from the bouts with his title still intact, adding that he is going into a closed camp to ensure full concentration in his preparation for the event.
“I am training locally here with Jimmy Palm because I want this title to remain in Nigeria. “I have also been in touch with my coach, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, as well as the Barbarian and Earthquake because they are the ones in charge of my training. I am waiting for certain things before I join them in the US,” he added.
De Commander said the Mandela Championship will begin in the South African cities of Johannesburg and Durban on July 18 and 20 respectively, hold in Lagos (July 25), Abia (July 27) and two cities in Britain on August 1 and 3, 2014.
On August 9 and 16, the championship will hold in the United States’ cities of Dallas and North Carolina on August 9 and 16, while the Canada leg on August 23 will round off the programme.