Pele & Muhammad Ali: Inspiration from Soccer & Boxing Champion
By: Ehimwenma E. Aimiuwu
Dec 2007
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As a child growing up in Nigeria in the 1970s, there were not many Black figures to look up to in order to get inspiration on TV except Pele and Muhammad Ali. They both thought us to be great in whatever we did, be loyal to your community, and always do the work of God.

Pele was my first love. He was the first Black character I saw on TV that was at the center of the screen, always smiling, and seemed to be loved by all. He was so good that he went to play at the world’s biggest event, the World Cup, at the tender age of 17 and helped Brazil to win three out of four World Cup tournaments. I believe that he is still the only player in the world that has officially scored over 1000 career goals in soccer. He was so great that there was a time he was given a red card and sent out of the game, the game officials had to change the referee and put Pele back in the game in order to appease the dissatisfaction of the spectators. The day he scored his 1000th goal, his opponent’s supporters turned against their home team during the game for almost preventing them from seeing the historic moment. Many have criticized him for not speaking up against Brazil’s White government of the time, marrying White women, not going to Europe to play professional soccer, and making bad business deals. In all this, he became the sports minister, has a mega-marketing business for soccer, has remain true to Brazil, and he is still the number figure for the most popular game, which is greater than the followers of the three major world religions.

Muhammad Ali was not just a three-time heavyweight champion of the world in boxing, but he was a boxer that lost only 5 fights and won 92% of his fights (56 out of 61). That is a perfect “A”. The world does not just celebrate him for being a good sportsman, but like Jesus, John the Baptist, Mohammed, and Confucius, he is celebrated for doing God’s work. He is the second most written about character in history next to Jesus because he spoke up for fairness and justice for all of God’s humanity. He refused to go to war and kill Vietnamese. He claimed that the Vietnamese was not a threat to humanity but the United States’ racism was. He understood that discrimination was the Devil’s attack on humanity and war could never resolve it. It was because of his stance with God’s purpose for life and happiness that the United States government put him in jail, stripped him of his title, and seized his license to fight in the United States. He overcame all these obstacles and returns to claim his title. He has been out of the ring for almost three decades, but the world still calls him the champ (champion) and the greatest. In the 1996 Olympics in the United States, he was chosen to light the Olympic torch to begin the global games. I guess it is true that when you do God’s work and stand for justice for all, even your enemies will eventually surround you to celebrate you.

The book is meant for people who are hopeful but seem not to have yet found their purpose on earth. This book will help enable people and communities to progress with a peace of mind towards their destiny.

Need daily devotion materials for you and your family early in the morning or late at night? I used this daily at night to instruct my children about want I expect from them now and into the future. We pray about the devotional message to a higher power, which makes them feel that the expectation is an achievable goal. It is very good at helping you and your family stay focused in improving your quality of life and making better decisions. Always use this daily!

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