Oshoala: My voice is for the Nigerian girl-child

Oshoala: My voice is for the Nigerian girl-child

Super Falcons of Nigeria and Dalian Quanjian of China midfielder, Asisat Lamina Oshoala, says the time has come for parents in Nigeria to change their attitude towards the girl-child, particularly in the area of sports and education.

The Confederations of African Football (CAF) crowned Oshoala as the 2017 African Footballer of the Year during a ceremony in Accra, Ghana last week. She won the title in 2014 and 2016. Oshoala emerged highest goals scorer (18 goals) for her Chinese club, Dalian Quanjian, which was crowned champions of the 2017 Chinese Women’s Super League.

Speaking with The Guardian in Lagos, when she presented the CAF Awards to the management of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company, Oshoala said that many parents still made the mistake of not allowing the girl-child to combine sports and education.

“In most cases, the girl-child is always taken out of school for the boy child to further his education because ‘woman education means nothing to some parents. While the boys move about, making friends with their peers, the girl-child is confined to the house in order to be seen as a ‘good child’ by suitors,” Oshaola, an Emzor Brand Ambassador, said.

Speaking further, Oshoala, who was part of the Coach Florence Omagbemi-led Super Falcons team that conquered Africa at the 2016 AFCON in Cameroun said:

“It’s a big problem in Africa. In Europe, it’s no problem at all. Here we need to tell them that girls also have the capacity to do well in sports and still read and pass their exams very well. In most cases, if some Nigerian girl-child manages to go to school, the strict arms of the parents keep them out of numerous activities such as being members of social clubs and sports in particular. The girl-child is seen as too vulnerable to be able to cope with academics and other extra curricular activities.

“To me, that is the mistake many people make these days. They want the girl-child to drop one for the other. No. You don’t need to do so. Our parents should encourage the girl-child to take on with the two because you never can tell where your luck will come. If I was not a footballer, I would have been a Lawyer,” she stated.

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