A Kenyan female footballer made headlines since she was captured breastfeeding her child during a half-time break in a football game. Winnie Wangui is a single mother who is very determined to follow her dream in the sports of football.
“I want to pursue my football talent together with raising my daughter”
The 23-years-old superwoman told a Kenyan News Media, TUKO that she is striving to find a perfect balance between raising her daughter and pursuing her dream of becoming a football star. According to her, the father of her one-year-old daughter is not making an effort to be in his child’s life.
Single Parenting in Africa
Unlike before, single parenthood is on the rise in Sub-saharan Africa and researchers have tied this to the increasing breakdown of family values, growing premarital childbearing among many other factors. Southern Africa has the highest number of single-parenthood as the figure in the regions is in the double-digit. Compared to West Africa, the number is still small and in countries like The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, etc the percentage of single-motherhood is still in the single digits.
Female Football in Africa
According to FIFA, women’s football in Africa is growing fast as new generations of players and coaches are using both the field and classrooms to hone their skills. Additionally, more African females are becoming competitive in the World of Football. One of the most recognizable African female players, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria is currently enjoying a successful career in Barcelona FC. She played a major role in helping Barcelona win the Spanish League and made it to the European Champions League two seasons back.