Uneku Atawodi, born in Benue, Nigeria is the first black female professional polo player in the world.
Atawodi, known in the Polo world as Neku has been able to defy odds and has risen to become a star in the field of professional female polo and an advocate for Equestrian Sports.
At age 5, she started taking horse-riding lessons and at age 14, started playing polo as a sport, despite protests from her family and friends.
After saving up to buy her own horse at age 16, she participated in her first tournament.
Her career in polo began at the Epsom polo club in England and she has since played in 18 different countries.
She holds an MA International Business with Spanish Degree and also attained a BSc Equine sports performance Degree (with Honours).
Atawodi is an Entrepreneur, Sportswoman and Philanthropist, who also founded the Ride to Shine charity Organization.
Ride to Shine also creates education and sporting exchange opportunities for the children.
Her aim is to Change the face of polo as an all male sport for the elite and bring it to the doorstep of the masses.
Atawodi attracted extensive media attention, with coverage from Forbes, the BBC, CNN, Sky Sports, Al Jazeera, and her own show on Trace Sports stars.