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Self Defence advocate Thursdaline Peter is fighting Gender Inequality with Taekwondo | WATCH



Self Defence advocate Thursdaline Peter is fighting Gender Inequality with Taekwondo | WATCH

Thursdaline Peter

Taekwondo fighter, referee and self-defense trainer, Thursdaline Peter is fighting domestic and all forms of violence and abuse against women through her martial arts skills.

Peter is also Nigeria’s youngest taekwondo referee, and has won several awards in Africa and Asia.

At her academy Body Dynamics, Peter, who was inspired to join taekwondo to fight violence against women trains people on how to defend themselves in face of danger.

She also takes her gender equality and self-defence advocacy to secondary schools across the country.

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We were part of the success of the Youth Summit on Rape/HIV awareness in Lagos hosted by Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER). It was a massive turnout with over 200 participants from 15 senior secondary schools (girls and boys) in Lagos education district one. Our self defence session was very impactful as the students were worked through both mental and physical self defence training. It was a great privilege to work alongside great minds and speakers from various fields like Mirabel center Lagos, Domestic and sexual violence response team, Lagos state AIDS control Agency and AHF. Courtesy of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Stand to End Rape/STER, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of Lagos State.  Body Dynamics is using this medium to  sincerely appreciate the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Lagos State Ministry Of Justice and Lagos State Aids Control Agency – LSACA for your endless support towards the welfare of the youths and partnership to STER to make this event an unforgettable one. We're effective and affordable, feel free to invite our team to facilitate fitness and self-defence training for your school or organization. Thank you.

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Speaking to BBC News Pidgin, Peter said: “Don’t let anyone talk you into believing that you’re weak, that girls and boys are different. Girls and boys have equal rights. You are strong. You have the strength.”


Photo Credit: Instagram – @thebodydynamics


  1. ND babe

    September 11, 2017 at 1:10 am

    You have to be an Ijaw girl with a name like Thursdaline. Nice accomplishment

    • ec

      September 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

      right!! I saw this and was very proud of what she is doing.

  2. artklub

    September 11, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Powerful Woman. Bless you.

  3. ***

    September 11, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I just hope more and more people get involved and take this opportunity seriously … this rape thing is a mess, its a cancer in our society … its so bad, victims now defend their perpetrators and abusers
    You hear things like ‘maybe I was inappropriately dressed’
    As self- defense is important, we should also keep addressing rape culture and victim blaming and how females (the most vulnerable and affected people) can possibly please I said possibly (I know there are many sick bastards out there) avoid situations that expose them to rape e.g avoiding lonely and dark alleys or streets, avoiding visiting strangers in private domains etc I know these make up only like 1% of the different ways women are exposed but let us keep eliminating until we get there …. tell a brother, tell a sister NO is NO
    Thursdaline Peter you are 100%

  4. Peaches77

    September 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Weldon girl!
    Hubby has been encouraging me to take Taekwondo classes. Hmm o ga di brutal…

  5. Ewo

    August 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Coach Thursdaline,
    A big well done to you. We’re super proud of you.

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