Our beloved Mother and Sister, I congratulate you for a fight well fought and a well deserved victory on your husband’s Installation as the Nigeria’s President.
As a woman, I want to commend you for standing by Mr President and for encouraging him to persevere despite his failed attempts at the Presidential polls. As they say, behind every successful man there is a ‘wise’ woman; I am indeed proud of you.
Having said that Ma, my appeal is strange but required. It has to do with Women athletes in Nigeria. I implore you to add these women to the list of those you intend to reach out to in the numerous programmes to empower Nigerian women.
As an Advocate for Women Athletes in Africa, permit me to brag that most of Nigeria’s recent successes in Sports came from the Women, for example the U20 Women National Team did well last year at the FIFA world Cup, Super Falcons won the African Women Championship in Namibia with athletics dominated by Women like Blessing Okagbare, Ese Brume and so on.
For many of these Sportswomen, it has been a case of neglect, particularly when they are no longer active, therefore, I would love you to come to their rescue.
None of the past wives of Nigerian President has made much impacts in the lives of these women, and as a Change Mama, I suggest you blaze the trail by giving them a major platform in Nigeria, unlike in the past where such initiatives are for widows and orphans.
Super Falcons are in Canada for the FIFA World Cup proudly representing Africa and Nigeria, Ma it won’t hurt to reach out to them, send them your love and encouragement, this will go far.
In four weeks time, the U20 women’s team will start the campaign for the FIFA World Cup next year; also the D’Tigress, National Women Basketball Team are getting prepared for the African Basketball Tournament, Afrobasket amongst many other upcoming events, they need your voice, attention and support.
Please remember them as they give their all for the nation, its only appropriate for them to be recognized and be encouraged and not only them but the upcoming Athletes in the Grassroots will be encouraged, and your words will inspire and the effect will be felt by homes and the Nation in General which can lead to better future success in all Sports categories, what Nigeria has been crying out for.
I wish you a smooth sail, and pray to God to give you more wisdom to continue guiding your husband.
Sports is an important unity tool which must not be ignored.
Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello is on @AderonkeW