*By David Uka, Abakaliki*

Over 200 motorcycle-bikers from
Nigeria and the West African sub-region would storm Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital for their annual convention tagged ‘Closer to
Nature –Games Festival (Gamesfest) from sept 28 to Oct 1st 2018.


The  National President of the Association Mrs Joann Otaru  told newsmen that the bikers under the name of Ace of Spades Bikers Association a.k.a—Bikers in Nigeria (BIN) would use their motorbikes to bike from their various locations to Ebonyi for the event.

“The body is an umbrella body for various motorcycle clubs in Nigeria and was set up to promote unity, discipline and responsibility amongst members.


She noted that the concept of the annual convention is built-on an educative, fun filled, and community give–back model as the 2018 convention aims at  promoting team bonding activities through various intense survival games.


“We would also be conducting free cervical and breast cancer screening on the public and explore the rich-cultural heritage of Ebonyi people.

The National president said that the convention has been a regular feature in the country since it started in Calabar, Cross River state
in 2008 and has been further held in different states such as Benue, Rivers, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Ekiti, Delta, Lagos and Imo states.


“The event is opened to the public and bike enthusiasts who wish to interact and familiarise with the biking community not just from Nigeria but West Africa,” she said.

Otaru remarked that the Ace of Spades bikers association is the names used to register the association with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC).

“We debunk the notion that biking is a dangerous sport but howeverencourage individuals to enroll in riding schools to learn about inherent risks associated with biking and ways to avoid them; before joining our association.


She noted that there are riding schools all over the country such as in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan among others and that their
members have the needed training and licence to operate super-bikes.

“The same processes obtained in acquiring bikes are the same with cars and the costs are relative to the type of bike that one seeks to
acquire x makes anyone who can afford a car to equally afford a bike.



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