*Support us with just N200 and we’ll change Nigeria – Onyali
Any being blessed with girl child is supposed to know that it is a massive blessing that is delivered to them. Cultural barriers towards this understanding is what we need to change and make people realise that society is dependent on them.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the pivot of the Let’s go, Girls! a sports initiative by five of the nation’s most successful sports brands led by Chief Mary Onyali, in her Abuja office.
President of the Girls ain’t cheap, Grace Ogedengbe said, “aligning with some of the nation’s best women brands in sports is more hope and strength for us. We have more energies to believe we are on the right course.”
“Ironically, our founder is a man, Collins Chiemeze who believes that every woman’s tasks and calling is selflessly her bairns and family members. They take the family to their hearts. They sacrifice themselves for others. She cares and gives her all for others around her.”
As part of efforts to take our message to every family especially fathers, we want to run ‘Big Sisters Forum’ as well as a monthly ‘Talk Table’ the maiden edition which is fixed for 29th July in Abuja.
Ogedengbe added that some of the features of our nation we want to change include that of the 4.7million children in primary schools, 30% drops out before leaving primary school and 85% of that population are girls. Of the 54% that proceed to secondary schools, more than half are girls and they do not finish school.
Another grim fact we hope we can amend is the fact that 28% of women experience some form of physical violence. This is high and has to be reversed. We can only achieve this by constant education and always putting the campaign in the fore front of the burner.
Responding, the former Commonwealth and African Games record holder said, “myself, Funke Oshoniake, Blessing Okagbare, Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin and Chioma Ajunwa who are part of the 10 icons on the Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project decided to launch this project to support the female athletes in our nation.”
We are so happy that 3% of all resources raised by the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI) has been allocated to the ‘Let’s go, Girls!’ project. This will enable us to search, discover, groom, fund the education of the female athlete and support female leagues in four team sports and four individual sports.
We need to quickly thank the National President of the National Council for Women Societies, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda, whose organisation has bought into our vision and the national launch was done last week in Abuja. Every Nigerian, male and female, should key into this project.
It costs only N200 to support this project. Just go to www.nsdfi.com click on the Top 10 icons and join the brand of any of the five women. Sports is the biggest industry to produce greater athletes than those of us who are behind the project. Our ambition is to bring one million girls into sports in four years (2017 to 2021) and its possible with you and I.”
She quipped that, “are you aware that 85% of the medals Nigeria has won in international sports since 1954 to date are from women athletes? Are you aware that every woman athlete is the bread winner of their families? Most successful athletes are from poor homes. That explains that heavy role on women athletes thus this special support.”
Chief Onyali promised to use her image, likeness and opportunities to support the ‘Girls ain’t cheap’ initiative. The road can be rough but don’t quiver. Stick to your dreams, dream so big and you will soon find out that he who presses the eyes of a corpse will soon find a ghost. That is the secret of success in life. She was decorated with the Big Sister mentor role.
Others on the entourage of Mrs Ogedengbe are Judith Maren (Secretary General), Abosede Gbemisola (Marketing Executive), Patience Osara (Financial Secretary), Doris David (PRO), Mr Adeyinka Richard and Freda Otohwo.