Trace Sport Stars will feature Neku Atawodi, Africa’s first female professional polo player in a new series that will follow her competition experiences around the world. The 25 year old accomplished equestrian, hopes that the feature will allow viewers to “see polo as the beautiful, fun, and competitive sport that it is, and encourage more people to watch and maybe even play.” She states, “Lots of associations around the world are welcoming people interested in our sport, because we love it so much that we want the world to feel our passionate love of the sport and the animals.”
The show will premiere next year in February 2014, a 26-minute feature on Neku’s activities around the world.
Neku is also founder of Ride to Shine, a program that empowers African orphans through Equestrian sports, and was the subject of a BBC broadcast earlier this year (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21188359).
Bolaji Abdullahi, Nigerian minister of sports says: “We are very proud of Uneku’s commitment to make Equestrian Sports a mass participation sport under her Ride to Shine initiative. Her plan to work with children and youth on this program is particularly exciting as it falls within the national objective of bringing two million additional children into sports over the next two years.”
ABOUT NEKU ATAWODI
Born Uneku but better known by her nickname Neku, Ms. Atawodi holds a B.S. in Equine Sports Performance with Honors and a Masters in International Business Management. She was born in Nigeria and has become international on the polo circuit. At the age of 26, she has already been featured in Forbes Africa and has played in tournaments across the world. Pictures of Neku are available here: http://tinyurl.com/llx3tvr
ABOUT TRACE SPORTS STARS
Trace Sports Stars is the first entertainment channel dedicated to the lives of sport celebrities when they’re off the field and on. Trace gets unique behind-the-scenes access on sporting icons and tells their compelling stories. It airs in 104 countries (DSTv channel 188, Sky channel 442).
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