Governor Soludo Rescues Former Tennis Champion Tanya Okpala Found Begging on Anambra Streets

Governor Soludo Intervenes in Tennis Star’s Distress:

Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, has taken decisive action to rescue former Nigerian tennis player Tanya Okpala, who was discovered in a distressed state, begging for alms on the streets of Anambra.

Viral Video Reveals Tennis Star’s Struggles:

A viral video circulating on social media captured Tanya Okpala pleading for assistance while visibly distressed and nursing a wound on her left leg.

In the video, she identified herself as a former lawn tennis player who had been abandoned, facing derogatory labels from locals who accused her of being a prostitute.

Former Tennis Pro Seeks Help and Plans Return to Village:

Expressing her desire to return to her village to care for her daughter, Tanya appealed for help in the video.

Despite being labelled as a prostitute and urged to leave the area, she emphasized her identity as an Igbo lady and sought support for her planned journey the next day.

Governor Soludo Confirms Rescue and Government Custody:

Governor Charles Soludo confirmed the rescue of Tanya Okpala in a statement posted via X on Monday. He revealed that she is currently under the custody of the Anambra State Government.

The governor assured the public that immediate steps have been taken to facilitate her rehabilitation and reunite her with her daughter and family.

Commitment to Rehabilitation and Reintegration:

Governor Soludo, emphasizing the commitment of his government, assured that Tanya’s rehabilitation would be a priority.

He stressed the importance of ensuring her fruitful reunion with her family, underscoring the government’s dedication to addressing the challenges faced by the former tennis champion.

Background on Tanya Okpala and Family Heritage:

Tanya Okpala, along with her sister Katya Okpala, represented Nigeria in tennis during the 1990s. The sisters, of mixed race, have a mother from Belarus and a father of Igbo extraction.

Their representation on the international tennis stage has added a layer of complexity to their story, further highlighting the diverse heritage of Nigerian athletes.

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