The contributions of Team Nigeria to Cricket have been rewarded as they were among the winner of the International Cricket Council award.
Namibia dominated the events with 3 awards but Nigeria, Rwanda , and Uganda are the other African countries that got rewarded for the promotion of the game.
According to the organizer, Nigeria claimed the 100% Cricket Female Cricket Initiative of the Year.
Nigeria is the winner of this year’s award on the back of significant results obtained from delivering a cricket programme in Zamfara State, a region in the northwest of the country where several barriers exist preventing women from participating in sport.
Overcoming significant obstacles in the region such as religion, ethnicity, tribe, and tradition, cricket programs were introduced to provide social benefits to women living in Zamfara.
Despite initial resistance, these introductory sessions proved hugely successful, resulting in Nigeria Cricket Federation recording over 15,000 female participants in 2022.
These endeavours eventually led to a representative team competing in the National U-17 Championships, thus transforming lives for the better in the region.