“In Nigeria Some Play Soccer, Some Ride Horses”

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Many Africans tend to agree on one thing among a few things about Nigerians, they may be very ambitious about their well-being and lifestyles, but they tend to be very driven enough to achieve.  Whether in Nigeria or abroad, Nigerians fly high wherever they decide to venture into.

In a 2006 census data, Nigerians had higher educational achievements than any ethnic group in the United States; 37 percent with Bachelor Degrees, 17 percent with a Masters and 4 percent with a Doctorate.  In Africa, Nigeria has the highest number of Billionaires, about 20 compared to South Africa’s 9, according to Forbes recent list of Africa’s 55 Billionaires.

The more recent activity that Nigerians dabble into these days is Polo.   An ancient Eastern sport, with roots as far back as the 1st or 5th centuries, this sport has been the choice of sports for the elite in Europe, Asia, and around the world for centuries.

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Courtesy of cnn.com

The game is played slightly differently in several places. There are two teams playing against each other and each has about 4 players per team on the field.  With helmets and kneepads, the players skillfully ride their horses with fascinating horsemanship.  Canes are made especially for the game, and players try to hit the ball out of the field of either direction respective to each team.

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Courtesy of deccanchronicle.com

There are several Polo clubs across the country, with the Lagos Polo Club being one of the most favoured.   Known for its exclusive membership, these Polo clubs are made up of some of Nigeria’s well known citizens.

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In case it couldn’t get any more fascinating, Nigerian Polo player, Uneku Atawodi, has been known to be the first and currently only black female professional Polo player in the world.

Starting to play around age 16, Uneku has grown both in age and in her sport; at age 25 she plays Polo internationally.  Added to her sports[womanship] is her academic achievements with her studies in Equestrian Science.  Uneku organized the first female tournament of the sport in West Africa.

nigeria polo club

 

nigeria polo club

Polo continues to be a popular sport of choice in Nigeria, and soon the interest may expand into other neighboring countries.

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