An African team will participate in the sport of bobsled for the first time ever at the Winter Olympics thanks to three Nigerian ladies.
US-based trio of Seun Adigun, the team driver and leader, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere have qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after completing the fifth of their five qualifying races. The trio’s journey to Pyeongchang has been pretty much self-engineered. For starters, Nigeria had no national team or federation for the sport before the trio popped up.
Last December, at the start of their qualifying bid, Adigun and her team had to resort to crowdfunding to back their ambition as Nigerian sports authorities had made no provisions for winter sports. Those efforts paid off as their GoFundMe met their $75,000 target. Even better, their achievement attracted interest from global brands with Under Armour and Visa coming on board as sponsors.
The Nigerian bobsled …