#WCW: FUNMI OSHONAIKE

OLUFUNKE OSHONAIKE

Our woman crush Wednesday is Olufunke Oshonaike!!!

Olufunke Oshonaike is a renowned Nigerian table tennis player. She competed for Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Funke Oshonaike was born 28 October 1975 but she doesn’t look a day over 25! we swear by it.

Funke Oshonaike attended Community Primary School now known as Ola-Olu Primary School, Agunbiade, Shomolu, Lagos. While in primary 4, she won a competition for the school and was honored by the Headmaster of the school, Mr. G.O. Taiwo, on the assembly ground in front of her schoolmates.

Team Nigeria’s Assistant Captain, Oshonaike has been present in every Olympic Games since her debut in Atlanta 1996, where she was 3rd in the qualifying round.

However, at London 2012, she made it out of the preliminary stage into Round 1, where she lost to Italy’s Wenling Tan Monfardini by 4-0.

Oshonaike started her playing career on a street called Akeju Street in Shomolu, Lagos in the early 1980s while very young.

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She was a spectacle each time she played because she was very small and used to amaze people with her skill at that early age.

Apart from representing Nigeria at the Olympics, She has represented Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games, various World Championships and remains the most successful female table tennis athlete at the African Games, having claimed the women’s singles title twice in 1999 and 2003, while she was runner-up in 1991 and 2011.

At the 2015 edition in Brazzaville, the trained cosmetologist marked her seventh appearance and made it a memorable one by clinching her sixth Olympic qualification, with a 3rd place finish in the women’s Singles event.

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