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If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by FlirtyKaren(f): 5:53am On Sep 15, 2018
Former Nigerian female sprinter, Mary Onyali who won several medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, and other international competitions, in a new interview talked about her marriage and her Olympics memories. 

Here are excerpts from the interview with Mary Onyali below; 

As of the time you became a sportswoman, most parents would not willingly allow their daughters to engage in such. How did your parents react to your career choice?

Sport was popular when I was in high school but it was not something parents allowed their children to do as a career because they did not understand that one could make a career out of it. They did not understand what it took to be a sportsperson and that you could make a living from it. My perseverance helped me to persist and insist that I wanted to be a sportswoman. I was raised by a single mother. I had to convince my mother and uncles beyond reasonable doubts that I wanted to be a sportswoman. I was told by most of my Physical Education teachers, who were from Ghana that I could make a career and life out of it. That was what made me take it more seriously because I knew that being the first child out of four children; my mother would not have been able to fund our education. When I heard that I could be given free education because of my participation in sport, I jumped at the offer. My mother did not understand what I was doing but I thank God that my persistence paid off and now she is proud of me.

Do you think that if you had not married an athlete, you would have got to the top of your career?

I believe so and my marriage is a plus to my career. I believed that if I had got married to someone who was not sport-inclined, a typical African who would want you to have a regular job or stay at home as a mother; it would have been a disaster. There probably would not have been a marriage at the end of the day because during the courtship, I would have sensed that he was not going my direction and something would have ended the relationship.

https://lailasnews.com/if-i-hadnt-married-a-sportsman-my-marriage-wouldve-been-a-disaster-mary-onyali/

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Tomibyte(m): 5:57am On Sep 15, 2018
oya gbefun,mummy used to be fine sha

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by TechConsult: 5:59am On Sep 15, 2018
She is right

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by ikorodureporta: 6:02am On Sep 15, 2018
Serena will not lyk this

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by SokotoCaliphate: 6:03am On Sep 15, 2018
mm

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by driand(m): 6:04am On Sep 15, 2018
Good old days when we used to have hope in Olympics,

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by naturefellow(m): 6:05am On Sep 15, 2018
Quite a motivation! But why is the interview brief... Is this an excerpt?

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by aragon4realz(m): 6:06am On Sep 15, 2018
still looking pretty since 1992

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by okomile(f): 6:06am On Sep 15, 2018
Lucky woman.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by MrWondah(m): 6:06am On Sep 15, 2018
I love women who respect their career and their husband. It takes a strong woman to do this. Not this our modern day feminists who dies not even understand the concept but think is all about fighting men.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Nogodye(m): 6:06am On Sep 15, 2018
You have made Nigeria proud...we are proud of you.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by izzy4shizzy(m): 6:07am On Sep 15, 2018
Fine woman

I still remember NTA sport advert that year, showing her victory
Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by marley145: 6:07am On Sep 15, 2018
wow aunty Mary longest time o, igbo Amaka

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by lawrezs: 6:07am On Sep 15, 2018
She fine.thank God that she no marry sunny japan.her career for end for alaba.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by HOLYDICK(m): 6:10am On Sep 15, 2018
Tomibyte:
oya gbefun,mummy used to be fine sha

Bros at her age now from the pic above she is still fine

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by MJBOLT: 6:10am On Sep 15, 2018
Nigeria's hero smiley

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Riversides2003(m): 6:12am On Sep 15, 2018
One of Nigeria’s best if not the best gaan kpaa kpa.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by obafemi04(m): 6:13am On Sep 15, 2018
Being as it may be, her beauty and her commitment to her dream would make any reasonable man to stick with her and give her maximum supports.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by hemartins(m): 6:15am On Sep 15, 2018
It's simple, marry who shares the same dream and vision with you.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by stano2(m): 6:16am On Sep 15, 2018
Beautiful mama. I'm not a sportsman but i would have understood and supported you. Love ladies with focus, goals.

I opened the YouTube app on my phone by mistake, as soon as i closed the app, i got a text from Etisalat "You get luck oo".

9mobile speed is so fast even with just 3g. With 2g sef I could stream short videos.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by 9japrof(m): 6:19am On Sep 15, 2018
[b]Marry who you are compactible with [/b]and not some societial pressure to be tagged "Married man" or "MRS" would now push u to go marrying just anyone and end up unhappy all the days of your life... Or comback here on nairaland to be asking kids who have not tasted marriage or couldnt even manage their relationship life for advice

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by emmylight4u: 6:19am On Sep 15, 2018
....very humble woman....she was in my office one day I couldn't recollect her face not until it was her turn...when I saw her name I asked"madam and u queued up ? Who does that?" She smiled and said it's the right thing to do...I was ashamed of my self... she however cautioned us to speed up the queue....pretty and well cultured I give it to her.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Offpoint: 6:19am On Sep 15, 2018
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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by oladele00(m): 6:25am On Sep 15, 2018
A minister of sport in embryo... Vote for PMB and ur ministerial dream will be actualised

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by xtervaganza(m): 6:26am On Sep 15, 2018
driand:
Good old days when we used to have hope in Olympics,
you can't really blame our new crop of athletes.



Reading the post you'd see where she was offered scholarship for being a good athlete. Tell me what further inspiration an upcoming needs? Back then the military really did well with sports. Coaches and athletes were well taken care of and paid on time.


These democracy and politicians came to wreck everything.


Have you heard anything from Olusoji Fasuba who used to be the fastest man in Africa?

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Nerdygangsta(m): 6:28am On Sep 15, 2018
please guys what kind of business can one start up with 2m naira that will yield good profits??
Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Jeezuzpick(m): 6:28am On Sep 15, 2018
If you wanna see another advantage of her doing sports, take a look at her age mates.

Some will look like her mother.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Birminghamvirgo(m): 6:30am On Sep 15, 2018
yep! u are absolutely rite...
Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by Birminghamvirgo(m): 6:32am On Sep 15, 2018
u rite buh it's good being an athlete

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by donnie(m): 6:35am On Sep 15, 2018
grin

Reminds me of what happened in my villa yesterday morning.

They organised a marathon to mark the new yam festival. See hefty babes and guys with akpobi ready to grab the price. Medalists from various competitions from across the country participated...Well kitted in their sports wear. In fact the bigger runners almost chased away the children and teenagers they saw standing by to compete as well.

Brothers and sisters what we saw at the the finish line continues to amaze me. It was as if only virgins were allowed to enter the first three. grin

The winner for females turned out to be 15 and for the male, 11 years. undecided grin Infcat after the girl winner, we waited for almost 30minutes for the second, another teenager to arrive. The big girls started arriving from 7th position. grin grin grin

I'm told that these children were fond of competing among themselves, running up and down mountains.

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Re: If I Hadn’t Married A Sportsman, My Marriage Would Be A Disaster – Mary Onyali by dragsazy(m): 6:36am On Sep 15, 2018
Is she trying to say we must marry from our chosen profession? undecided

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