President Bola Tinubu and the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, hosted Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, and 2023 CAF Women’s Player of the Year, in Lagos.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday.
Tinubu and the First Lady had congratulated the Barcelona Femeni star on winning the best African female footballer of the year for the sixth time.
The hosts also commended Oshoala for distinguishing herself in the sport, applauding her significant contributions to women’s football on the continent.
The statement, “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.”
Cognizant of the feats of star sprinter, Tobi Amusan, and the presence of multiple Nigerian women on the Forbes’ ‘2023 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,’ List, including media mogul, Mo Abudu, and the Director-General, World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the President and the First Lady assured Oshoala of the nation’s continued support for her and other Nigerian women striving for excellence in their chosen paths.
Speaking to journalists after the warm reception, Oshoala thanked Tinubu and the First Lady for “giving me the opportunity to present the award to them. 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.”