Some Nigerian women who have been victims of sexual assault are undergoing self-defence training in Lagos, to learn how to protect themselves when faced with similar issue.
The training, organised by Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN), brought together women of different backgrounds but similar story of assault and violence, who are being tutored by boxing coaches at no cost.
Adeola Olamide, one of the participants, said she decided to enroll to learn how to protect herself after being assaulted several times. “At least, I can protect myself and if I want to attack, I can attack quickly,” the mother of three told BBC.
The 35-year-old woman also spoke against the tradition of stigmatisation of women who choose to learn combat skills as a form of self-defence, noting she is ready to go against the status quo.