CEO Athletic Heat “Ese Oguma” gets nominated alongside BBN’s Tobi, Rema, Maraji for SME Africa Under 25 Awards
The 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs Awards is an annual award ceremony by SME 100 Africa aimed at identifying, recognizing, celebrating and supporting some of Nigeria’s most innovative entrepreneurs under the age of 25. These are innovators, influencers, trendsetters, inventors, entrepreneurs etc who are doing phenomenal things and contributing to social economic development in Nigeria.
The goal of the 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs Awards is to stimulate entrepreneurial culture among young Africans.
This is a huge moment for Athletic Heat as our CEO, Ese Oguma has worked tirelessly to ensure that the company grows to what it is today. Athletic Heat began in the second quarter of 2016, the business started as a blog aimed at giving a voice to Nigerian athletes, promoting the sport and encouraging athletes.
In 2017, Oguma alongside his Co-founders; Toluwani Adebakin and Ruth Usoro decided to host Athletic Heat Track and Field Award, the very FIRST Track and Field Awards in Nigeria. The first two editions has been a success and we are holding the 3rd edition later in the year. The Award is to recognize Nigeria’s finest athletes across the Youth, Junior and Senior category who perform well during the season. We came up with this initiative when we noticed that there was little or no encouragement to these athletes who put in so much work to make Nigeria proud.
The success of the two editions wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Ultima Ltd, MTN, Nilayo Sports Mgt, Cerebre Media, Tequilia 1:1, ICT Solutions, Bazeleel Consulting, Greenlife Pharmaceutical, Lagos State Sports Commission, Fitness Options, Yali Yali and also support from the media; STV, TVC, NTA, Lagos Talks, Supashegs, Busy Buddies, Nig Athletics etc.
In 2018, Ese and his team also initiated the Athletic Heat Athlete of the Week sponsored by MD Yesir Foundation, Asiwaju Temitope Alli. This Award has been won by both home and foreign athletes including Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Enoch Adegoke, Ese Brume, Orukpe Erayokan, Timothy Emoghene amongst other top Nigerian athletes.
The founders of Athletic Heat led by SME 100 Africa Under 25 nominee partnered with Nigeria Athletics blog to organize the first ever Athletics in Schools Program. The initiative has it’s objective targeted at promoting Track and Field culture among Nigerian secondary school students.
This is done through teaching sports loving students of each schools the values of athletics, benefits of participating in sports and having a professional career in any sector associated with it, while also educating on how to balance school and sports effectively. So far, we have visited CMS Grammar School Bariga, St. Finbarrs College Akoka, Caleb International School, Magodo and Mayflower International School, Ogun State
According to the Executive Director of SME 100 Africa. Charles Odii, last year over 3000 entries were received from different fields of endeavor then imagine how many were received this year and our CEO still made the TOP 100! IT IS INDEED AMAZING!!!
Top personalities nominated in various categories include Instagram comedienne Maraji, Ex Big Brother Naija housemate Tobi Bakre, King of the New School, Rema amongst others.
So here’s where we need y’all. We need your vote for him to win the Award and this will serve as a big boost to us. Click this link to Vote. You can only vote once with a device. So get your phones, Tablets, Laptops etc and vote for ESE OGUMA!