The insightful Glo-sponsored 30-minute magazine programme on CNN International, African Voices, continues this week as it profiles three amazing female guests, one of which is Nigeria’s professional Polo star, Uneku Atawodi.
Fondly called Neku, the 28 year-old jockey who has plied her trade in fourteen countries holds a first degree in Equestrian Science, a second degree in International Business and is currently Nigeria’s representative at the Federation of International Polo.
Uneku, regarded as the world’s only active black female professional polo player, tells her success story on African Voices which airs at 10.30 a.m. on Fridays with repeat editions at 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays, 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sundays. Watch Uneku reveal how she started it all at age 13 in spite of efforts from her relatives to stop her from such inclination. She also reveals how “the smell of dirty leather” attracted her to Polo, a sport regarded as “men’s game”.
Also featuring on the programme is South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, a surfer born in Western Cape, South Africa in 1993. Bianca grew up in Cape Town, a coastal city where she learnt how to surf when she was 8 years old. She bagged a ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award after she qualified to compete at the ASP World Tour in 2013.
Bianca says “My father was the one who pushed me into my first wave, and he has been supporting me ever since that day. He introduced me to what I know and call ‘my first love’, the ocean, and to a sport that I will do for as long as I can walk”.
Kenya’s Shehzana Anwar, an archer, will be the third guest on the programme. Born in 1989, Shehzana who started the sport in 2002 represented Kenya at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She is the reigning African Archery Champion, since winning in Windhoek early in 2016.
Globacom encouraged viewers to tune in to the programme which promises to be very expository. African Voices is rebroadcast on Mondays at 11:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 5.30 a.m.