L-R: Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams during the launching ceremony of "Kick Like A Girl” project organised by the Consul General of the United States of America to commemorate the International Girl Child Day in Lagos… Thursday
By Mary Ekah
Visiting American tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams, were Thursday at the United States Consulate General’s residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, to promote the game as well as encourage young school girls in Africa to get involved in sports. They are to round off their trip to Lagos Friday with an exhibition match before departing for South Africa for the second leg of their trip to Africa.
The duo whose aim is to encourage Nigerian girls to use their potentials to rise above whatever conditions they found themselves, spoke to over 150 school girls in a bid to make them pursue their dreams, not minding their gender.
“It does not matter what your background is and where you are coming from. If you have dreams and goals that is all that matters,” the Williams told the girls during a talk on their journey to glory as tennis players.
The sisters later conducted a tennis clinic with the children while also discussing girls empowerment with a documentary, “Kick Like a Girl” at the event.
The documentary revolves round the story of what happens when the Mighty Cheetahs, an undefeated all-girls soccer team, competes in the boys’ division.
With humour and candour, the documentary reminded all present of the lessons learnt in competitive athletics and how sports has been one of the most effective instruments of social change for this generation.
Meanwhile, the Williams sisters will round off their Breaking The Mould (BTM) campaign tour of Lagos Friday with an exhibition match at the tennis section of Ikoyi Club 1938. Venus will take on Serena in an exhibition match everyone is looking forward.
Despite being a non-competitive match, tennis buffs in the country bought all the tickets on sale online ahead of the clash. VIP tickets went for N10,000 just to be on the side court to see the sisters demonstrate their tennis fire-powers live.