African Voices on CNN, sponsored by Globacom, will this weekend focus on the story of the world’s only active black female professional polo player, Nigeria-born Uneku Atawodi, aka Neku.
Globacom in a statement in Lagos said the 28 year-old Neku would be on the CNN magazine programme alongside two other guests, Bianca Buitendag of Victoria Bay, South Africa, and Shehzana Anwar of Nairobi, Kenya, who have also distinguished themselves in African Sports.
A Bachelor of Science degree holder in Equestrian Science, Neku also obtained a Masters Degree in International Business, in addition to British Horse Society stage 4 riding accreditation. Viewers will surely enjoy the details of her professional career in polo which started when she fell in love with horses at age 13.
Her interest in Polo, a game largely dominated by men, was kindled by her fascination with “the smell of dirty leather.”
Neku who has represented Nigeria at the Federation of International Polo tournaments in her fourteen years professional career is gradually growing into a legend in the game.
Bianca Buitendag, a professional surfer was born in Western Cape, South Africa, in 1993. She learned to surf at age 8 with her two brothers while growing up near the beach of False Bay outside of Cape Town. By 2013, Bianca who credits her father with her success in the game of surfing finished the year with the highly coveted ‘Rookie of The Year' Award at the ASP awards ceremony having qualified onto the ASP world tour.
“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”, she stated.
Born in 1989, Shehzana Anwar is a female Kenyan archer, who apart from being the Kenyan flag-bearer also competed in archery at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil. Shehzana started archery in 2002 and made her international debut in 2008. Nicknamed Kuki, the human resources assistant is the reigning African Archery Champion, having won in Windhoek early in 2016