Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Onwumere Ngozi have gradually made history for themselves as far as the history of African sport is concerned, becoming the first African women to take part in Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics even though they did not win any medal at the games.
History will at all times always remember the first, particularly if its going to be a source of inspiration to others in the nearest future and these ladies will always be remembered for being the first.
The trio would probably not have made names for themselves if they had chosen to become politicians, Musicians, Artiste or any other profession you can think of in life, but they gradually discovered Sport as a means of gaining recognition by enjoying themselves.
Seun Adigun a niece of former American Basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon, and field athlete competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics but did not qualify from the heat. She switched over to Bobsleigh and in 2016 founded the Nigeria Bobsled team where she got the duo Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere who were also athletes to join her.
Frankly speaking, an average Nigerian parent would discourage their children from taking part in an unknown and strange Sport like Bobsleigh, considering the financial implications of going into it. But courage and determination kept these young ladies going as they were determined to drag the nation away from a typical mono sport system.
There were lots of reasons why these girls should discontinue with these new found sport. First, Nigeria did not have a Bobsleigh Federation that could attend to their needs and more so the funds that were needed to take part was a huge challenge. But they were determined, they were ready to make history and pursued their goals with full determination.
The ladies eventually got support and sponsorship from international global brands, the likes of Under Armour one of US Sport wear manufacturer supplied the team’s kits, Belgium-based Lazer SA signed as the official helmet sponsor, global payments giant Visa added the trio to “Team Visa” and lots more from other brands.
Today the trio of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Onwumere Ngozi have become a benchmark for inspiring African women who wish to succeed in life through Sport, an accomplishment which they hardly could believe when they first started on their missionary journey.