PlayitDreamitTuesday 11.05.21: THE MEDIA AND WOMEN’S SPORTS
This week’s edition of #PlayitDreamitTuesday, we featured Godwin Enakhena, the CEO of GLOBAL MEDIA, He is a sports Marketer, Journalist and a seasoned sports Administrator. He is a Director of sports, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries. He is also a Media Practitioner, who runs Radio and TV shows, PAN Nigeria.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Q1. What is your understanding on Sports for Development?
A1. Sports is played by the youths, and it’s always said that when you empower them, the future is bright, there is growth. Nations host sporting events and in the process facilities are renovated, new ones are built. Roads and a lot of infrastructure are built. This is development.
Q2. Moving forward @genakhena, as a journalist, how can Sport be used as an effective tool for Development?
A1. Simply by ensuring that as a nation we emphasize on grassroots development and less emphasis on competitions. Nigeria is competition inclined and this negates the development of sports. And look no further and you’ll understand why we use elders to play competitions.
Government has a major role to play in sports development and it should be in providing enabling environment and infrastructure. Allow the private sector run sports and there will be development.
Quite enlightening! Competition is one threat to sports development and should be put out and downsized to the barest minimum in order to achieve the aims and objective of sports development
Exactly! Sport has been monetized, it has become win at all cost for most Governors and administrators, sadly, the system and athletes don’t profit from it, just a drop in the ocean, yet they are the most important in this narrative.
Q3. As a seasoned sports practitioner, how would you relate women sports to previous years, do you think there’s any progress or development?
A3. Nigeria got her first individual gold in Atlanta through Chioma Ajunwa, the Women’s league is getting better, better pay. The Super Falcons are perennial champions in Africa and Nigerians are Africa’s best.
A lot of improvement and so much to inspire young girls in Nigeria. Check out the number of ladies who have left in their numbers to play pro football outside Nigeria; Asisat Oshoala is raising the bar with Barcelona…
Q4. Amazing conversation so far, next question @genakhena, are there any Media research approaches that has helped in providing important development for women and girls in sports?
A4. The media exposure of the geometric progress of women in sports has continued to attract a lot of eyeballs across the continent of Africa and the world. Odunayo Adekuoruoye’s feat in wrestling and No. 2 in her category.
The media exposure that has been given to Funke Oshonaike is going who is going for her 7th Olympics has helped the development of women and girls in sports. Unquantifiable motivation.
Q5. What role can Sports Administrator play in Development of women’s Sports in Nigeria?
A5. It all starts and ends with Sports Administrators but sadly, barbers are now doing the jobs of tailors. Professionals should run sports, devoid of government money, and these persons are made to account for their activities.
“Hopefully effective measures will be taken to ensure that professionalism is checked and balanced.”
Not anytime soon in Nigeria.
Q6. What do you have to say to Young girls aiming to be a Sport woman in future?
A6. If you have the talent, go for it. Give it all you’ve got. Keep your head down, avoid distractions. Set a tall target for yourself, listen to your coaches, work and pray very HARD. Don’t forget education, it’s all you’ve got after sports.
“Wow! This is a great advice and success tip to all young girls in sports and those aspiring to be sports women. “
This is the gospel, no short cuts…