*Gets secondary school scholarship from Let’s go, Girls initiative
*Hundreds went home with assorted gift items
Latifa Ahmed, a 12 year old girl from the Ansarul Islam primary school in Igbo-Owu, Ifelodun local government area of the state defeated over 100 entrants of the first Kwara state primary schools athletics championship to win the 100m race.
She looked one of the smallest in size and defeated a full field of bigger athletes. Upon winning, she was drafted to the African queen of the tracks, Chief Mary Onyali, who gave her words of encouragement to remain focused and continue training.
Latifa Ahmed, whose father is deceased and whose mother, Seki, a gari seller, got a scholarship throughout her secondary school from the Let’s go, Girls initiative and kitting to enable her to keep the hope of athletics alive.
The Let’s go, Girls initiative was put together by five of the nation’s most successful female athletes: Chief Onyali, Chioma Ajunwa, Blessing Okagbare, Funke Oshonaike and weightlifter Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin to support female athletes in the country.
In addition, she went home with N10,000 prize money as well as a medal. Several individuals showered her with cash too.
Hundreds of the participants, parents, teachers, security operatives, watchers went home with assorted gifts were neatly and orderly organised in raffle draws. Some went home with small generator sets, bags of rice, cartons of noodles, pressing irons.
AFN Vice President, Olamide George, was present also at the event. he praised the sponsor for this wonderful initiative. He urged that the very young talents seen in this championship can be followed up, harnessed and encouraged to become great stars within another set of years to come.
The tourney was sponsored by Alhaji Tunde Abdulkareem.