In February 2018, Travelstart Nigeria , Africa’s leading online agency with one of the cheapest packages and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the oldest international airline still flying under it’s original name for over 98years with cheap flights and a world wide clientele will be sponsoring four young ladies who are about to make history in sports. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simi Adeagbo will open another chapter in history for Nigeria by being the first African Representatives in Bobsled team and Skeleton Category at the Winter Olympics taken place in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Meet the Nigerian bobsled team and Skeleton Girls.
SEUN ADIGUN(Sledge Driver).
Behind the historic Sledge is driver, Seun Adigun born on 3rd January, 1987 in the North Side of Chicago to Nigerian Parents from Surulere Lagos, Nigeria. She grew up playing every sports she could get her hands on ranging from flag football to tennis. Seun earned a scholarship to the University of Houston, where she earned a degree in Exercise Science. In 2016, she alongside her teammates whom she recruited on the team, spearheaded the *Nigerian bobsled team* Operations.
NGOZI ONWUMERE(Brake Woman).
Ngozi Onwumere holds the position as a “brake woman” on the Nigerian bobsled team . She was born to Nigerian Parents from.Umuchima in Imo State and raised in Mesquite, Texas where she graduated from the Mesquite High School. Before she joined the Bobsled team in 2016, she specialized in 100meters, 200meters, 400meters and 4×100meters races and competed internationally for Nigeria. Similar to the Sledge Driver, she also earned a scholarship to study at the University of Houston where she met Seun Adigun who discussed with her about representing Nigeria in Bobsled. “I didn’t really know what Bobsled was, so I wasn’t so quick to answer. But then because I needed something new and adventurous, I took the offer,” said Onwumere.
Her first step into spotlight was when she won the 4×100 meters relay race at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo where she ran alongside famous Nigerian athletes such as Blessing Okagbare and Lawretta Ozoh to mention a few.
The 25 years old Bobsledder is the second Brake Woman on the team. Born in St. Paul Minnesota, arguably the coldest State in the US, to Nigerian Parents from Umuahia, Abia State. She was recruited into the University of Minnesota’s Track and Field Programme where she competed for four years. OMEOGA was encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as playing instruments, sports and arts by her parents while they maintained emphasis in formal education and Igbo Culture. For her, “Track and Field was the family sport”.
In February, 2018 at the Winter Olympics, she will have her first massive recognition in the Sport.
SIMI ADEAGBO(Skeleton Athlete).
Proudly from Ekiti State, Simidele is first in Nigeria’s Skeleton athlete that has broken a significant barrier in sports. Born in Toronto to Nigerian Parents and lived in Nigeria from when she was an infant to 6 years old, she is officially the first Black female athlete to compete in the Skeleton at the Winter Olympics. Before then, Adeagbo was a four-time NCAA All-American and Triple Jump School record holder at the University of Kentucky. She was consistently nationally ranked and was a two-time US Olympic Trials finalist.
Her ambition to represent Nigeria at the Skeleton Sport was revived in 2016, after hearing about the Bobsled Team(Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga).