Blessing Etim Ekaete is a Cricket Coach working with Nigerian Cricket Federation. Blessing is also a Cricket Player and is playing for Lagos State Female Team and Nigerian National Female Team. In the coming 5 years, Blessings aspires to become an excellent Cricket Coach. Amidst all the challenges like Infrastructure, Funds and lack of awareness, Blessing is giving her best to achieve her goals and make it to the top. Global Cricket Community would like to wish you all the best for your future endeavours.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Blessing Etim Ekaete
Date of Birth: 11 Nov 1992
Playing Role: All rounder
Batting Style: Right handed
Bowling Style: medium pace bowler
Address: 45 Adeosun Street Ikate, Surulere, Lagos, State.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Presently I am a coach working under Nigeria Cricket Federation. Also a cricket player. I started working as a coach in 2013 with Howzat Foundation For Cricket till 2014. By august 2014 I got employed by the Nigeria Cricket Federation to work as a coach in Akwa ibom State till date.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes I am playing cricket presently in Lagos Nigeria. I started playing cricket when I was in primary school in 2004. I am currently playing for Lagos State Female Team, And Nigeria National Female Team.
4 Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I am playing for Pioneers Cricket Club, I can't remember when it was founded but I know it was founded by Howzat Foundation For Cricket by the help of Olisa Egwuatu. And Benvic Cricket Club it was founded in 1995 by group of youngsters.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
In the next 5 years, I want to see my self as a very good coach, because currently I am working as a coach in Nigeria Cricket Federation and also a professional cricketer. I really want to focus on bowling, I want to increase my pace, and always bowling on the 4th storm. And cut down every unnecessary extra's And also focus on batting skill and applying basics of cricket.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
Nigerian Cricket Federation
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
As from last year June 2014, we organised under15 boys and under17 girls tournament which as never happen before,. I advice the young player's that they are very luck because i didn't have the oppurtunity to play any under and that they should focus on the game. And more is going to come up this year.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
If by the Grace of God I am given the opportunity to play in a club in India, Yes, I will. I am always dreaming of having a club in any cricket playing country because I always want to see my self up there, And it will be the best exposure I have ever had.
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the
England, Canada, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Malaysia.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Well, some of the challenges that we are facing in Nigeria cricket are:
Lack of competition. Lack of equipment. ODI has not been introduce to the female players. still playing on concrete, but right the preparation of turf wicket is going on in Abuja, Nigeria. Insufficient capital. Lack of international exposure.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
One thing that can boost the involvement is funding and satisfaction of player's in term of immediate payment after tournament in both male and female nationally because they have sacrifice so much for the game.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
Pioneers Cricket Club
Ibeju Lekki C C
Foundation C C.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Benvic cricket club, because they are young and talented players.