The Director-General, National Centre for Women Development, (NCWD) Barr. Mary Ekpere-Eta has commended Super Falcons’ Assistant coach Maureen Madu for her exemplary performance while in the national team and now as a coach, a major reason for making the list of 114 eminent women inducted into the Nigeria Women’s Hall of Fame.
Maureen Madu was officially inducted into the Nigeria Women Hall of Fame in Abuja on Thursday in a colourful ceremony witnessed by the Director General of the Center Barrister Ekpere-Eta, the Second Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation Mallam Shehu Dikko, Deputy General Secretary of the NFF Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, Director of Technical Bitrus Bewarang and former Olympian star Mary Onyali among other eminent personalities present.
According to the D.G, “Nigerian women achieve a lot for the Nigeria country but most times, these achievements are uncelebrated. It is on this basis that Nigeria Women Hall of Fame was established.
“The celebration dates back to pre-colonial, colonial and the contemporary Nigeria society. It is about celebrating the unlimited potential of Nigeria woman.
“We are proud of our inductees. And we thank Ms Mmadu for being here today. We did the induction last two weeks but because she was on official national assignment in France with the Super Falcons, we decided to shift it till today (Thursday) to officially induct her,” she said.
Speaking during the investiture, the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick who was ably represented by Dr. Ikpeme thanked the D.G of the Center and also promised to continue to give sports men and women the enabling environment to succeed in football profession.
“I say a big Thank you to the organisers for deeming it feat to honour Nigeria women who have personally achieved so many things for their lives and the country.
“I am very happy for you, Coach Maureen; thank you for all you have done for the country. You have done well for yourself. You played three World Cups as a player and two Olympics for the Super Falcons. We thank God for preserving you. The NFF will continue to create enabling platform for our young girls to earn a livelihood in football irrespective of their background. We are happy for you, and very proud of you. Congratulations to you”.
In her reaction an excited Mmadu was full of gratitude to the NFF for giving her the platform to exhibit her football talent and also thanked all her fans and livers for their support to her over the years.
“To whom is given much is equally expected. I just want to encourage the young women all over the world to continue to do their best. With dedication, honesty and hard work I am sure that they will be recognised anywhere they are. You have to put your heart in whatever you do because you never can tell what is going to happen. I will encourage everyone to continue to work hard for this great country”, Madu disclosed.