That Nigeria had made history is enough achievement for a group of young, powerful minds who didn’t have to wait for their nation to give them a dime to place it on the international map, for the right reasons.
The team, led by former African 110m Hurdle gold medallist, Seun Adigun, has defied the odds of financial constraints, challenging paths and a shot at something previously unseen anywhere in Nigeria. Despite their cascade of “have nots,” they have written Nigeria’s name in gold without the medal.
Cheered on by their family members and a few Nigerians, the Bobsled team were proud of their achievement, placing 20th and being at the tail end, yet 7 seconds away in a sports where every millisecond is as important as a place on the podium. They haven’t just gained fans in Nigeria, they’ve earned the respect of so many Africans at home and in the diaspora for flying the Nigerian flag high in faraway Asia, yet a drop of snow is worth headlines in Nigeria.
“It’s quite amazing, I’m overwhelmed with joy and overwhelmed with the idea of knowing that history was made and we gave everything we had to do it,” said Adigun, after bumping off several walls in a ragged final run.