Nigeria table tennis legend, Funke Oshonaike has revealed she was raped and beaten while she was growing up.
She also stated that she developed hatred for sex after she was raped as a young girl.
The six-time Olympian stated this while reacting to the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa, the 22-year-old 100 level student of the University of Benin, inside a church in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
“I have been a victim and knows how terrible it is. Women should rise up and fight this scourge.”
“I’ve been abused before, after beating me, he will sleep with me by force!! It was when I grew up that I got to know that it’s called rape.”
“Parents should teach their boy child about sex and how to respect a woman’s body, and never force a woman to have sex with them!! Even in marriage, No is No!
“It’s my true life story! Terrible experience for me and it affected my sex life! I hated sex! I don’t want to tell all my story for now because of my autobiography that’s coming soon!
Oshonaike was one of the youngest members of the Nigerian team at the All African Games in Cairo in 1991.
But as Oshonaike cemented her place in the national team, debuting at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, she faced personal struggles.
“I was physically, sexually, emotionally and mentally abused. This man beat me for more than three years and I remember always going to UNILAG [University of Lagos] with a battered face but I still never gave up on TT, men or life.”
Soon after she turned pro and moved to Italy before settling at her current base in Hamburg in 1998.
Her greatest desire is to join the International Table Tennis Federation’s ‘seven club’. Her teammate Segun Toriola, Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive, Croatia’s Zoran Primorac and Jorgen Persson of Sweden have all attained the feat of seven appearances at the Olympic Games.