Magazine article New African

Is Nigerian-American, a Former Nigerian Women's National Olympic Team Basketball Player and Founder of the US-Based Non-Profit Sports Organisation, Hope4Girls

Magazine article New African

Is Nigerian-American, a Former Nigerian Women's National Olympic Team Basketball Player and Founder of the US-Based Non-Profit Sports Organisation, Hope4Girls

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"I think the 50th anniversary of the OAU is important but I also feel it is important for Africans to remember that women and girls are still treated like second class citizens in Africa and not enough is being done about that. There are many ways we can change this in the next 50 years and sport is one of them. How can sport change the life of African girls?

"Well, it can give confidence and self-belief that girls can achieve anything. Young women in Africa need the community, the bonding with other women, that sport offers. I don't know if this is something the African Union can do but it should seriously consider the role of sport in the lives of African girls. Sport can keep them focused in school, out of trouble on the streets.

"It is probably not easy to change stereotypes against women in sports in Africa, as many, including some parents, see sport as "unwomanly" and trivial. But sport builds character and discipline. It creates leaders. Leaders that Africa will need over the next 50 years.

"Let's look, for example at my organisation 'Hope4Girls'. When we first started, few parents really wanted their girls to participate. …

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