Serena and Venus Williams, American tennis stars arrived in Lagoson the 30th October. The sisters as part of United States’ most accomplished athletes are in Africa fora two-nation tour, first in Nigeria and then South Africa.
They will be playing exhibition matches to promote women’s rights. The Williams sisters are coming to help more women to discover their potentials in Nigeria, reports Punch.
According to a British Council study released in May, Nigeria ranks 118 out of 134 countries worldwide on the Gender Equality Index.
On the first of November they will be paying a visit to two secondary schools in Lagos. It is said that it’s going to be an inspirational campaign of the girl-child in Nigeria.
The theme of the sisters’ visit is Breaking The Mould, which means they will be motivating the young ones to believe in themselves.
Serena and Venus will meet the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola and visit a puberty education class for girls before heading to South Africa on the 2nd of November.
Abimbola Kazeem, remarked on behalf of the organisers, Connect Marketing, that:
“It took us roughly a year to convince the sisters to come to Nigeria. It will be a major boost for Nigerian tennis and a source of inspiration for our youths because the sisters are not only into tennis, they also have other businesses.”
Punch reports a statement from Breaking The Mould revealed that their visit is aimed at promoting:
“The role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across the African continent”.