I don't let it affect me -- Ogunsanya on cyberbullying

Mark Escarlote on Feb 20, 2017 07:22 PM
I don't let it affect me -- Ogunsanya on cyberbullying
I don't let it affect me during games kasi baka 'yun pa 'yung maging reason for me na mawala sa laro and mawala sa focus -- Aduke Ogunsanya

De La Salle University middle hitter Aduke Ogunsanya has heard it all.

From the color of her skin, her physical appearance to her skills as a volleyball player.

But the Filipino-Nigerian has proven that she’s bigger than all the bullying she experienced.    

“I just ignore it kasi I've been experiencing it since I was still a child,” said Ogunsanya, who is in her second year with the Lady Spikers after missing the cut for the team’s lineup last season.

The 20-year-old middle learned how to cope with bullying and racism especially from those on social media.

Ogunsanya knew that there were people who were making fun of her physical appearance on social media when the reigning champions Lady Spikers started its campaign in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.   

“The difference is it’s in social media and everyone is talking about me but they don't know me,” said Ogunsanya. “I don't let it affect me during games kasi baka 'yun pa 'yung maging reason for me na mawala sa laro and mawala sa focus. For me, ako go with the flow lang.”

Ogunsanya played her best game so far in the season Sunday when she helped DLSU bounce back from a straight sets loss to University of the Philippines with a 29-27, 25-16, 25-21, win over National University. 

She scored 11 points with five coming off blocks and held her own against the Lady Bulldogs’ 6-foot-5 ace Jaja Santiago. 

Ogunsanya is averaging 0.77 kill blocks per set behind skill leader Santiago (1.00 kill blocks per set) and fourth in scoring for the Lady Spikers behind Season 78 Finals Most Valuable Player Kim Dy, Majoy Baron and Ernestine Tiamzon.

Many are looking at her to fill the void left by 5-foot-11 Mika Reyes, who graduated last year after DLSU reclaimed the UAAP crown from archrival Ateneo de Manila University. 

“Hindi naman (kami dapat i-compare). Kasi Ate Ye is known for her blocking skills and she's very tall,” Ogunsanya said. “'Yung height difference between us is very far for me to do what she does. I'm two inches below her height.”

Ogunsanya doesn’t want the pressure of being compared to Reyes, whom she looks up to, all she wants is to do her job and help the team.

“Kailangan mo talaga mag-block as a middle blocker kasi hindi kami makakapuntos nang maayos kung wala 'yun,” she said. “I feel na kailangan ko talaga mag-block for the team not to feel na sobra 'yung pagkawala ni Ate Ye.”

 

 

 

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