Saturday, 13 January 2018

Nigerian Parents Need To Change Attitude In Sports Towards Girl-Child, Says Oshoala

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.
Oshoala was crowned the 2017 African Women 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, she said:
“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.

“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."

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