Twenty-eight year-old Uneku Atawodi, affectionately known as Neku, is this week’s guest on Glo-sponsored African Voices as viewers will learn the uplifting story of the woman generally regarded as the world’s only active black female professional polo player.
According to Globacom, Neku will feature on the CNN magazine programme which goes on air 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. Viewers can also watch the show on Mondays at 11:30 p.m.and on Tuesdays at 5.30 a.m.
The company said two other sports icons who are making waves on the continent –Bianca Buitendag of Victoria Bay, South Africa and Shehzana Anwar of Nairobi, Kenya – would join Neku on the programme.
The polo queen holds a bachelor of science degree in Equestrian Science and a Masters degree in International Business. She has a British Horse Society stage 4 riding accreditation. She is expected to take viewers through her journey into professional polo which started when she fell in love with horses at age 13 and how, despite subtle discouragement from family members, she stayed focused on realizing her ambition. Her interest in the game generally dominated by the men folk was ignited by her fascination with “the smell of dirty leather.” Neku is gradually growing into a legend on the sport. She has played professional polo in over fourteen countries, and represents Nigeria at the Federation of International Polo.
Bianca Buitendag is a South African professional surfer. She was born in Western Cape, South Africa in 1993, andgrew up near the beach of False Bay outside of Cape Town where she learned to surf at age 8 with her two brothers. Bianca qualified for the ASP world tour in 2013, and finished the year with the highly coveted ‘Rookie of The Year’ Award at the ASP awards ceremony. She credits her father with her success in the game of surfing.
“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.
Shehzana Anwar is a female Kenyan archer born in 1989. She competed in archery at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where she was the Kenyan flag-bearer.Shehzana, whose nickname is Kuki, is a human resource assistant. She started archery in 2002 and made her international debut in 2008. She is the reigning African Archery Champion, having won in Windhoek early in 2016.