MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Baring any unforeseen circumstances,
all roads would lead to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Suru Lere Lagos between
November 17th and 20th, 2022 as arrangements have been concluded for the 8th Edition of the eponymous female only Karate Championship.
According to a press statement made available to AtlanticNewsonline at the weekend by Zainab Saleh Foundation,
the popular female Championship which made its debut in October 2014 and currently in its nineth year running pausing briefly in
2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is rejuvenated and stronger than ever.
With over 400 participants featuring athletes, referees, judges, coaches and management personnel from all
over the country, the event which would commence at 9am each day is poised to expand its scope for more and better participation in a Championship
that boasts of the very best in this form of martial arts whose primary objective is to ensure that the female
gender is adequately equipped for self defense, safety and security.
Remarkably, the Founder, Hajiya Zainab Saleh, herself a karateka; said her passionflower, the Girl Child Protection,
must not be limited to her emancipation in education and business but must also ensure her safety and security
as well. To her, the Girl Child must be able to protect herself physically, mentally, materially and otherwise.
This 8th edition will feature prominent members of the Karate Federation of Nigeria and eminent Karate referees.
One of them is Mr. Olusegun Akinola (7th Dan), the Tournament Director who is the Chairman, Karate
Federation of Nigeria Referees’ Commission amongst other titles in the African Karate Federations.
The Zainab Saleh Female Open Karate Championship is in collaboration with the Lagos State Karate Association
(LSKA) and the Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN).