LaLiga, in collaboration with the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, staged the second edition of the ‘Show Your Otherside Challenge’ in Benin City, Nigeria.
The event which was held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City themed ‘Football Gender Equality and safe Migration’ was used to raise awareness on the dangers of irregular migration, and the development of the girl-child.
Welcoming guests to the event, the NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, emphasized on the need for young girls to keep their dreams alive, by migrating legitimately, instead of desperately seeking to leave through irregular channels.
“It is important that whenever young girls leave the shores of the country, they must do it the right and safe way. They should understand that leaving illegally totally unacceptable”, said Falode.
For her part, Cyprine Cheptepkeny, IOM Nigeria Awareness Raising Officer, noted that a lot of work has been done on illegal migration and human trafficking in Nigeria, so there has been a great im-provement in this area. Furthermore, Cheptepkeny said that the organisation was not campaigning against migration, but that whoever chooses to travel abroad should do that legally.
‘Show your other Side Challenge’ event at Benin City gathered more than 500 attendees who came to enjoy football games and engage in fan activities and side events. “At LaLiga we are passionate about the development of women football in Nigeria, which is why we collaborated with the NWFL to help the League grow and reach its full potential. With IOM coming on board this year, shows that we are making progress,” said Desmond Chiji, LaLiga Global Network Delegate for Nigeria and Ghana.