The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) was created on February 1, 1964 and is charged with coordinating the activities of the Nigerian media in the promotion of sports and their socio-cultural values.
SWAN is an association of professional Sports Journalists in Nigeria is affiliated to the African Sports Journalists Union (ASJU) and the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and is guided by their Statutes.
Among other things, the aims and objectives of the Association include coordinating the activities of all professional sports writers in the country, defend and uphold the moral and professional rights of members, contribute through advice, suggestions, criticisms or other means to the development and growth of sports in Nigeria and elsewhere and, collaborate and promote closer relationship between the Association and other stakeholders in the sports industry.
Since 1964, when the Association was founded, members have travelled to the length and breadth of the World covering local, regional and international competitions, reporting history when it is made. From the history making Green Eagles that won Nigeria’s first African Cup of Nations in 1980 to 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold Medal won by Chioma Ajunwa in Long Jump and of course, the glorious Dream Team that won football Gold Medal, from Nigeria becoming the first country to win U-17 World Cup five times to winning the first ever Afro-Asia Cup, we have followed the development of sports in Nigeria.
Membership of the Association is basically divided into two, full and associate members. While fullmembers can vote and be voted for, associate members are not allowed to vote neither can they stand for election.
The National Full Council
The highest decision making body of the Association is The National Full Council. It consists of National Officers/Chairmen and Secretaries of branches. It has the powers to review the activities of the National and State Executive Committee and consider policy proposals.
National Executive Council (NEC)
The National Executive Committee (NEC) consists of all elected National Officers and National Ex-Officio members. Its principal functions include seeing to the day to day running of the association and issuance of identity cards to members in all branches.
State Executive Committee (SEC)
Each State branch of the Association shall consist of not less than five members, which is administered by an elected executive council. The State branch shall also ensure constant liaison with the National Secretariat.