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Asisat Oshoala: Education for the Girl Child
African football queen Asisat Oshoala’s passion transcends football. She is enthusiastic about changing the lives of the underprivileged, especially the girl-child.
It was like old times for her as she ran around and giggled with some of her old friends who were not afraid to tackle her and run the ball around her.
Asisat Oshoala was born and bred in Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos by disciplinary parents. As a teenager, there were times when she would go against the wishes of her parents to kiplay football as she wanted to follow her dream of playing professional soccer.
“I come from a disciplined family who just wanted me to go to school and read rather than play football,” she stated.
“In fact, I was not alone in that situation. Pressure from parents forced many of my playmates to opt out of playing football. They would make them hawk when they should be training to discourage them from playing football. The belief is that football is not for a girl-child.”
She noted that her foundation was borne out of this experience and her success story has become an inspiration to many African children, especially the girl-child.
ASISAT OSHOALA FOUNDATION
The Asisat Oshoala Foundation was set up in 2015 with the sole aim helping a girl-child through education and sports. The foundation has over six projects in the last five years – the inspire girls project, food project, football for girls Africa project, football for hope, and back to school project.