Egonu, who only turned 18 on 18 December, was named as part of a list by Corriere della Sera as being one of the 10 young Italians from politics, business, entertainment and fashion, who represent the future of Italy and how the country will be shaped.
The opposite spiker was born in Cittadella in north east Italy to Nigerian parents and has to stand up to racist abuse during her development in the sport.
“It all comes from the parents,” she said. “Education is the only way to combat racism.”
She made her name at Club Italia and helped Italy win the 2015 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship.
This year at 17 years of age Egonu made her Olympic debut at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and also featured in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.
In 2017 she is looking forward to the European Championships and will also be eligible for the Women’s U20 World Championship, which will take place in Mexico.
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