… TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY, YOU’VE GOT TO PLAY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
There are many things Africans love and this is certainly not one of them, or so I thought. I know Africans love their lives –that’s why we don’t act too many horror movies because we can’t just imagine putting ourselves in such dilemmas, I know we love money –check our music videos and movies you are sure to find this true, we love intellectual prowess – this is based on the number of Africans doing remarkable things all over the world, we also love to have fun –this I do not need to explain. Although I have always known that the only African nation that loves what this article is about is South Africa, however, recent findings have proven me wrong –concoction is slowly creeping into the continent.
Ever seen the movie Concoction by Will Smith, where he tried to play the role of a Nigerian doctor? Great movie, the movie was about American football also known as Rugby. The game is great, I love the strategy and keen planning for every event but I have an issue with the constant clashing of heads, just saying.
Rugby started way before the 19th century and is currently grossing hundreds of millions of pounds globally and right now, Africa is the new ground the sport has to conquer as many African countries have begun to show great interest in the game. This shouldn’t be a problem as Africa is known as the home of sports with a large interest in every event especially soccer.
We TINK rugby will thrive in Africa because many African men seem to be built for the game; having broad shoulders, strong belly, strong bones and a mean outlook –I’m already intimidating myself because I am the exact opposite and I’m African, why me? *Crying.
A 2018 report released by APO group on African rugby showed that there has been a phenomenal increase in participation and registration to play the sport by Africans. Increasing number of player registrations shows growth over 66% in 2017 against an overall global increase of 27%. Registration growth in Senegal and Nigeria 2012-2017 is over 292% and 282% respectively. African countries where average growth rate is above 35% includes; Zimbabwe, Uganda, Senegal, Tunisia, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar, Kenya, Cameroon, Morocco, Zambia.
Soon we will begin to stay glued to our screens to watch our team clash heads in order to get the ball beyond a straight line. Therefore, brands and organizations should start considering jumping on this bandwagon to give their brands some visibility and also give some young people some form of livelihood as they apply themselves to play –although with the steady growth and good investment in the game, this trend is inevitable.
Just TINKing, that’s what we do here.