Nigeria has had different results with the two prestigious sporting competitions that took place this year. Whereas the Olympic games saw the country do very poorly, returning home with barely any medals and a lot of questions of incompetence, the paralympic games were another story altogether.
The Nigerian paralympians made the country proud, breaking records and winning medals, delivering a performance that almost made up for the poor showing at the Olympic games.
Now three Nigerian athletes are set to make history. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are set to take Nigeria to the winter Olympic Games scheduled for 2018.
The Winter Olympic Games have a very poor showing from African countries or tropical nations for that matter for obvious reasons. In fact only eight African countries have ever participated in the Winter Olympic Games. They include; Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, and Zimbabwe.
The three women who are based in the United States are determined to add Nigeria on to that list by representing the country in the bobsleding sport. Seun Adigun, who refers to the project as her ‘gift to Nigeria’, says:
“The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental international advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses. Together, we can demonstrate that nothing is impossible with a little faith, support and willingness to persevere.”
To achieve the dream, the three athletes have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $150,000 which is about ₦70 million and to also create awareness around the historical feat they are set to accomplish. Currently, they have raised $2,285 out of the $150,000 goal.
It is probably a good sign that the women are already making attempts to raise the money they will need even before the start of 2017. It shows a preparedness and determination that may very well pay off for Nigeria if they succeed in their attempts.