Okagbare, Ogunlewe nominated for 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians
Athletic Heat is dedicated to promoting Nigerian Track and Field athletes and it brings us great joy when our athletes are being recognized for their achievements.
Towards the end of 2016, Nigeria’s fastest man Seye Ogunlewe was nominated for “The Future Awards Prize for Sports” and just recently, he alongside Nigeria’s Fastest Woman and 7-time National Champion, Blessing Okagbare were nominated for the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Nigerian Award (Sports).
The list which reflects the achievement of young Nigerians throughout the year 2016 was streamlined in 10 distinct categories which represents key sectors across Nigeria’s economy.
Seye Ogunlewe (Instagram)
Seye came into limelight in 2014 when he won the 100m Silver medal at the 2014 All Nigeria Championships in Calabar and made the National team to The Commonwealth Games and African Senior Championships. He came back in 2015 to take the title and edged out Egwero Ogho-Oghene and Divine Oduduru at the 2016 National Championships cum Olympic Trials winning with a Personal Best of 10.12s to defend his title. He was at The Rio Olympic Games where he competed in the 100m flat. 2016 was a remarkable year for the gangly sprinter as he signed with Temple Management Company and bagged a sponsorship deal from Union Bank Nigeria. He is a Law and Politics graduate of The University of Essex, UK.
Meanwhile for the former African Record Holder Blessing Okagbare, 2016 might not have been a great year for her but the 2008 Olympic Long Jump Bronze medalist would take solace having won the 2016 National titles in the 100m and 200m in her hometown Sapele, Delta state to make it her 7th consecutive victory in the 100m. Despite losing her title as the African Fastest Woman to Cote D’Ivoire’a Murielle Ahoure by .01s and not making the final in both of her individual events at The 2016 Rio Games, the UTEP graduate helped Nigeria secure a place in the Final of the 4x100m wherein they finished 8th overall. Okagbare is a Double Gold medalist at The Commonwealth Games and also holds the Games Record of 10.85s in the 100m and the fourth Woman to win Gold in 100m and 200m at the Games since it’s inception. Interestingly, Okagbare is one of the only two ladies that made it to the Sports category.
To vote for either of our two great athletes, log unto ng.advancemedia.org/ and vote for Seye Ogunlewe and Blessing Okagbare (Sports). Voting last till 20th of January. You can vote as many times as possible!
Let’s bring it home Champs!