Uneku Atawodi is a Nigerian female professional polo player, who is competing on the men’s team in the “Polo for a Cause” tournament in Atlanta this June.
She is one of the few black female professional polo players in the world. She has competed in numerous countries, including Argentina, Great Britain, and the United States.
At only 25 years old, Atawodi is quite accomplished, not only in polo, but in many other areas as well. She has a Bachelor’s in Equestrian Science, she has a stage four riding accreditation from the British Horse Society, and a Master’s degree in International Business with Spanish. She also owns her own polo team (Bamboo Polo), owns and operates a hotel (Bamboo Lounge) and she works with the Nigerian government.
Amidst all of her other ventures she still finds time to play professional polo at a high level on the international stage.
Polo for a Cause is a charity polo tournament that is planned to be a series spanning different U.S. cities to raise awareness about the sport and benefit different charities—including Atawodi’s own “Ride to Shine” charity. “We teach African orphans to ride and play polo,” said Atawodi about Ride to Shine.
She went on to add, “We’re not doing a fund raiser—it’s completely an event to raise awareness about the sport and the kids and open doors for them.”
Atawodi is excited about bringing polo to a wider audience in America. She is slated to compete in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Bridgehampton later this year.
Special Thanks to Uneku Atawodi, Ashley Kraynak, and BBC News Africa.
May 21, 20123