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President Tinubu and Wife Host Asisat Oshoala

Oshoala (centre) became the first person to win Africa’s best female footballer of the year for six times. Photo: Presidency

On Thursday in Lagos, President Bola Tinubu and First Lady Remi Tinubu, hosted Super Falcons player Asisat Oshoala and celebrated the accomplishments of Nigerian women in the realm of sports.

According to a statement released on Thursday by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, they congratulated the Barcelona Femeni star for winning the record-breaking Women’s Africa Player of the Year award, saying that this achievement and others show that the nation’s women can equal the records set by their male counterparts.

“Nigerian women will always have a pride of place in the world. What our ladies have achieved in football, our women are achieving in all fields of endeavour around the world—rising to the top and demonstrating the best of the Nigerian character of excellence, tenacity, ingenuity, and resilience,” Tinubu said.


While acknowledging the accomplishments of prominent sprinter Tobi Amusan and the inclusion of several Nigerian women on Forbes’ “2023 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list, such as media mogul Ms. Mo Abudu and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Tinubu and the First Lady gave Oshoala assurances that the country would support her and other Nigerian women who aspire to greatness in their chosen fields.

Thanking the President and First Lady for the reception, an ecstatic Oshoala praised them for supporting the Super Falcons in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

”I want to appreciate the President and the First Lady for giving me the opportunity to present the award to them,” Oshoala told reporters.

“During the last World Cup, we had a couple of issues, and they intervened and have been very supportive to the girls, even after the competition.”

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