In 1996 we decided to bring Archery to Nigeria; myself - Olatunji Boluji, and Jim Obot - now late, saw the values of Archery as a major Olympic event.
We sent a letter through Grand National Archery of UK to the FITA (now World Archery) seeking for affiliation, and as a result of the letter, in 1997 FITA granted our application with a temporary three years membership affiliation free.
Following that, another meeting was held under the auspices of Mr. B. A. Orodele (NUGA Secretary General) in room 216 of National Institute for Sports (Nisports). At the meeting, Orodele advised us to meet some dignitaries and, that advice led us to meet Major General Ishola Williams (Rtd) to help us establish a Federation and also with expectation to make him (the General) our president. But surprisingly, he declined the proposal and suggested Dr. Niran Adeniji (Ex Badminton President) to preside on the Federation.
Another letter was sent to the World Archery directly by Dr. Adeniji seeking to establish a formidable Archery Federation in Nigeria, and as a result of that, the Federation was found in 1998 and the inaugural meeting was held on Tuesday 17th February, 1998 at Oshinkanlu Close, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. At that meeting Five temporary Executives were appointed i.e. Dr. Niran Adeniji - President, Prof Makanju - Vice President, Mrs. Helen Oladipo - Secretary, and Olatunji Gbenga - Chairman of Technical.
On 27th May, 1999 the first elections where executives were elected was conducted at the Boardroom of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the following executives were elected:
Dr. Niran Adeniji - President,
Prof Makanju - 1st Vice President,
Mr. Adelowo F.A - 2nd Vice President (Now late)
Mrs. Helen Oladipo - Secretary (Now Mrs. Helen Osaiynwem)
Mr. Okrodus Godfrey - PRO
Mr. Keshinro Babatunde - Treasurer
Mr. Olatunji O. Boluji - Chairman of Technical
Alhaji Abdullahi B. Mohammed
Late Felix Okugbe 2010 - 2016
Dr. Niran Adeniji 1998 - 2009
Dignitaries from left are Alh. Mohammed Abdillahi - President Nigeria Archery Federation,
Honorable Minister of Sports - Solomon Dalung,
Engr. Habu Gumel - President Nigeria Olympic Committee,
Hons, Tunde Popoola - NOC SG.