Some striving females have carved a space for themselves on the basketball court and are not about to be seen as inferior to their male counterparts.
The BHU Shakers have shown tenacity resilience and skill that command attention to their work in the court. They started out in 2017 as a handful of girls that showed consistency and dedication to basketball and are now the first female basketball team Bingham University has seen.
We spoke to the outgoing female team’s captain to give us more insight on how far they’ve come.
Private Campus – So let’s start at the beginning. Can you give us a background as to how and when the female started?
Blessing – So when I came to Bingham university, that was in 2016. There was no female team but then there were one or two girls…actually, I hadn’t seen any girls going to play basketball. But I was told that there were girls that used to come and play but not a team.
When I got there, you know just because when you’re doing something for the first time, you have to put an extra push, so I actually did a little more than I could do. I pushed myself a little just to get recognized. Because it’s something that had to do with boys, so you have to do more than the boys so you can get recognized.
So I did that then I got recognized then I got allowed into the team.
And you know the whole thing about gender discrimination and all. So I had to start “dragging” one or two girls to join the team. There are girls like Joy Jingi, Judith, Samari Lois and many other girls and that’s how we started forming a team gradually.
Not bragging, but I’m proud to say I was the first female captain in Bingham university. It’s a way to show that anything is possible. Just with an extra push, you can get to wherever you want to get to. So nobody would probably have thought that there would be a female team. But then just because you didn’t allow yourself get discouraged by circumstances around you, you end up getting somewhere in life.
Since then we’ve been having other competitions and it’s been very encouraging.
PC – That’s so inspiring to hear. You know the sports scene is dominated by males and finding a way to “squeeze” yourself on as a female is not always easy.
B – Yes dear, it wasn’t easy but as the saying goes it was worth it.
PC – Well does the team get any help from the male team?
B – Well yes, the female team actually gets a-lot of help from the male team in terms of training cause they actually train us quite a lot to make us better and they’ve been very supportive.
Let’s say it’s been vice versa. When they have matches, we come out to support them and when we have matches, they come out to support us. And it’s been really great. Like I said, we’re all one big, happy family and there no discrimination whatsoever anymore.
PC – Oh that’s encouraging. I’m sure it makes the work easier.
B – A lot easier, two heads are better than one always
PC – Amen to that.
PC – How about the females themselves? What’s it like working with them?
B – Honestly it’s not easy. At all! Working with girls has been a very difficult thing. it wasn’t easy at all because we all know that girls have more troubles than guys do.
So you trying to gather a group of girls to make them understand one or two things is very difficult especially when there are guys around. I’ll just say that it has been difficult. But at the end of the day, iI’m happy with the female team we have. They are some of the best girls I’ve come across and I will actually want to go further with them.
But in everything you know there’s always ups and downs. We’ve had out bad times and we’ve had our good times. The good thing is that our good times overshadow the bad times.
PC – As expected. Human relations are always the toughest. But you all seem to be pulling it together quite well.
B – Very well actually, better than I expected.
PC – On the issue of recognition, is the female team a recognized body by the school’s management?
B – I would like to say it is, because we have organized a couple competitions in school. Which the female was included, and the recognition gotten was appreciate.
PC – That’s great! We know there’s always more that can be done so what else do you think the school could be doing to support the team?
B – Well, I would say we need a lot in Bingham right now, like balls which is very important. For as long as I know we bought all the balls we currently own, the school has not supported us in any way, as far as i know. But as for SRC I would say they have done a lot for us by fixing the court generally. And we really appreciate their efforts. What I would like to say lastly concerning this is I would like to see the fees we pay for sports put in use. Because I honestly have not seen anything been down with our dues, so to speak.
PC – I can see how much more improvements their support will bring. We’ll make sure to tag the SRC so they can see this.
B – Thank you, but just to clerify I don’t have any issue with the SRC, the have done their part as student representatives council. But the other bodies of the school is where my problem lies. But I still appreciate.
PC – Definitely. The SRC will be the easiest way of getting complaints to reach the management so that might be a good place to start.
B – I appreciate that.
PC – Sure thing. So back to the players, how do interested females join the team?
B – Well, very easy. Just show up on the court. Dressed. And signify your interest to the female captain or the male captain. Actually you could meet and basketball player and you are good. We would love to have you all.
Basketball is life.
PC – So much love and light form you! We know the whole team will be just as welcoming. 😄
B – Thank you, we are a whole family so yeah we’ve got similarities, which is showing love to new comers and many more.
PC– Before we let you go, what incentives do you think females need to encourage participation in sports generally especially in BHU.
B – Honestly, to me it’s determination and interest. When you love something you don’t need anything to push you except passion and yourself. Everyone that knows me knows I love basketball. And it’s all up to you to do what you love. I have heard a lot of girls saying “I love to play basketball, but I am shy” shy of what exactly? Just know that there is nothing in life that you will do without being mocked.
So it’s up to you, at the end of the day😊
I am sorry I am not that much of a motivational speaker 😂
PC – 😂😂 this is perfect and you’re completely right so nothing to be sorry about.
Lastly, what does the future of sports for females in BHU look like right now?
B – It looks great, we have a lot of great female ballers and I am rest assured that the team we have is not a mistake🙌🏼
PC – We believe that!
*SRC – Bingham University’s Student Representative Council (2019-2020 session)