Nneka Iwunna Ezemezue

Photographer | Graphic Designer | Magnum Foundation Fund grantee
   
Female Boxing in Nigeria
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: NIGERIAN
Biography: Nneka Iwunna Ezemezue is a visual artist and photographer living in Lagos, Nigeria. She explores themes such as social issues such as environment, humanity, tradition, inequality and social justice forms her work, through which she seeks to bring... MORE
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Female Boxing in Nigeria
Copyright Nneka Ezemezue 2024
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Dec 1969
Updated Jul 2023
Location Lagos, Nigeria
Topics Media, Spotlight
Boxing is not new in Nigeria, but female boxers have only recently started commanding the respect they deserve in and out of the ring. However, they still earn less than their male counterparts do. For a long time, boxing was not accessible to Nigerian women because it is believed that a woman’s face should be adored, not punched and Women who box will beat up their husbands and will not make a good wife or mother. Young girls could engage only in certain gendered types of sport. Since women started boxing in Nigeria in the 1980s, attitudes towards women who engage in the sport have changed dramatically, outpacing the development of gender equality in the country.
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