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Why We All Need To Celebrate The Women's Nigerian Bobsled Team

Anyone that knows me even slightly will tell you that one of the things I’m most proud of is my Nigerian heritage. I never miss an opportunity to educate people about Africa’s most populous and prosperous nation.

From Jollof rice to the Super Eagles (our Olympic gold medal-winning football team), it’s very clear that Nigerians slay in every department. Most Africans you meet in the UK will undoubtedly be Nigerian and as the world’s largest consumer of Moet champagne, it’s fair to say that we live by the mantra of ‘Go hard or go home’. With this in mind, I was not surprised when I heard that Nigeria is set to become the first ever African nation to compete in the bobsled event at this years' Winter Olympics. 

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga describe themselves as ‘three normal girls’ but it seems apparent to me that they are anything but. Qualifying for the winter Olympics is one thing, but these inspiring women single-handedly introduced the world of Bobsled to Nigeria. All professionals in their own right, with careers in medicine and mortgages, these talented athletes exemplify the steely determination and power that I have always known to be true of Nigerian women. Sporting success is not foreign to them either, between them they have competed in the Olympic games and the All African track and field championships.