Pictures of Serena and Venus Williams in Lagos

Serena and Venus Williams wowed me when they won gold medals at the London Olympics and now they are in Nigeria to inspire and mentor upcoming talent. Serena Williams said at their press conference that she hopes the tour of Nigeria and South Africa with sister Venus, would encourage athletes on the continent to strive for excellence in their sport.

In the picture above is Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola presenting the emblem of the state government to the Williams Sisters during their visit to the government house in Lagos. Below are more pictures from the press conference and the tennis clinic they held for kids.

No one can doubt the power of inspiration of celebrities in general and sports stars like Serena and Venus Williams in particular (women and black in tennis) but sometimes I wonder at the money spent on bringing international celebrities to Nigeria. Could the money be better used? While the questions exist, I salute their courage in taking this tour and touching lives that may desperately need it.

According to a statement by the Breaking The Mould initiative which is facilitating the tour, their trip is aimed at promoting "the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across the African continent". Serena and Venus Williams also visited a puberty education class for girls and will play an exhibition match before they leave Nigeria. All the best to them.