Girls at the Asisat Oshoala Academy (AOA) during the week played host to one of Nigeria’s outstanding sports women of this era, Chioma Ajunwa-Opara (MON), who was with them at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos for a mentorship session.
Ajunwa-Opara, now a police officer, is a Nigerian former track and field athlete and football player, notable for becoming the first Nigerian to win gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.
She joined the AOA girls for their core character session during the week to share with the future stars her journey and experience.
Ajunwa-Opara told the girls how importance “sports and education must go together if you want to be a good footballer or athletes in your career.
She told the teeming young ones who want to make a career in sports that seriousness is the bedrock of success in life, adding that the girls must make it a point of duty to face their academics even as they make headway in their sports career.
Ajunwa-Opara remains only woman to compete at both the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a footballer and the Olympics as a track and field athlete.