One of the 2018 Big Brother Naija reality TV show participants Munirat Antoinette Lecky aka Anto has joined the cast of celebrity runners for the historic IAAF Okpekpe International 10km road race holding next weekend in Okpekpe, Edo State. And the young business manager is set for the race.
Anto, 28, will be running for charity at the event and the Edo State indigene has opted to raise awareness about the plight of the Girl Child.
Anto who is also the Director of the Basketball Division of Africa’s leading sports and entertainment company CBL, holds two Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Sports Business Management. She also has a bachelor’s degree in sports and sports science and administration.
“We are delighted to have Anto as one of our celebrity runners. We are particularly delighted that she will be running to raise awareness about the plight of the Girl Child albeit the international Day of the Girl Child as declared by the United Nations is in October,” the race’s spokesman Dare Esan said.
“Anto’s charity run will increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls not only in Nigeria but worldwide based upon their gender especially in the areas such as access to education and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage among other things.”
The road run is also about equality, the organisers have said.
“At Okpekpe race we give equal opportunities to both men and women to compete and the prize money for both is equal. We are happy to provide the platform for celebrities to raise awareness about some societal ills and diseases.
“Two years ago we had charity runs to raise awareness about breast cancer anchored by 2015 Miss Nigeria Pamela Peter-Vigboro Leesi in conjunction with Sebeccly Cancer Care and the orphanage by the We Care Trust, a pet project of Mrs Lara Oshiomhole, wife of former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
“Last year we had 2016 Miss Nigeria Chioma Stephanie Obiadi race to raise awareness about the Green-Girl project aimed at empowering young women to become agents of sustainable environment in Nigeria as well as Mrs Betsy Obaseki, the first lady of Edo who also raced to raise awareness about cancer.”
The Okpekpe race powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing is not all about running for the prize money. All over the world people have seen the power of sport to raise funds and awareness about any project or cause and road running has been a very veritable vehicle for achieving this purpose.