Nigeria’s Female Birmingham 2022 Medallists were celebrated at the “She is Greatness” Dinner

“I appreciate the initiative of LIS International for coming up with a remarkable programme like this. Today, we celebrate these amazons who have worked very hard and demonstrated physical strength, leadership traits and exceptional strategic thinking to become victorious. They have inspired us that we can all attain greater heights in life. The “She is Greatness” initiative has also brought to the fore the significance of having reward mechanisms in place for any landmark achievements recorded. We should therefore continually recognize, encourage and celebrate the success of our women in every field. This will motivate them for more conquests and more laurels.

“Gone are the days when women were relegated to the background and their roles confined to the kitchen. Our female athletes have shown that barriers can be broken through hard work, luck, passion, commitment, perseverance, courage and prayer. The impact of these young amazons will inspire the younger generation of the girl child.”

The Senior Political Adviser, British Deputy High Commission, Lagos, Wale Adebajo, who recalled that the British High Commissioner had hosted a farewell reception for Nigerian athletes before their departure to Birmingham for the Games, said to the female athletes:

“We are very proud of you, you did well, you brought in medals.” He also gave assurance that the British High Commission will continue to support athletes in every way they can. “Thank you and well done,” he concluded.

A minute’s silence was observed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Hansatu Adegbite, the Executive Director, WIMBIZ, said:

“We are so proud of the women in sports. “It is no small feat. There is so much more that should be done for you and will be done for you. Thank you so much for making women proud and thank you so much for being Nigerian women that made women proud.” She used the opportunity to invite the female athletes to the WIMBIZ 21st Annual Conference scheduled for November adding that “we will ensure to do something for you”.

“This evening I just want to say thank you, you are amazing, you are great, you have excelled, don’t let anybody tell you that you are not valuable, you are worth everything we are asking for and even much more and in our small way we just want to celebrate you this evening.”

The event was also attended by the Founder of Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, and the former Presidential aspirant, Khadijat Okunnu-Lamidi.

The Live Wire Project and LIS International partnered with makeup brands Nuban Beauty and Zaron, and fashion designers St. Nika Apparel, Ayaba Woman, Modellaserah, and Sarima to style the athletes for the evening, to “show the world that “sportswomen are beautiful and muscles are sexy!

The athletes were then invited to the stage and surrounded by fireworks as Nigerian female singer Fave closed the show with an energetic live performance.

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