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|Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Realsman405(m): 3:53pm On Dec 30, 2017|
All over the world, Nigerian women have been blazing the trails in different fields of endeavour, raising the country’s flag high and challenging those behind to aspire to the stars.
KUNLE FALAYI presents some of the women who attracted attention for their great feats in 2017
Nigeria’s bobsleigh team
For the first time ever, a Nigeria team of three delectable ladies made history for being the first ever African team to participate in the Winter Olympics.
The trio of Seun Adigun (30), Ngozi Onwumere (25) and Akuoma Omeoga (25) shone like stars after successfully completing five races in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Before them, bobsleigh was as alien to Nigeria as snow on which it takes place is.
It was never an easy feat for these ladies. Adigun, who is the driver of the team, had to launch a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds which would make their dream of competing in the tournament possible. It was a $75,000 target which she achieved in 11 months.
And with this, they entered the history books in Nigeria and Africa.
They will now compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018.
Multiple media reports have described them as both beauty and brains. The reason is not so far-fetched. Adigun, who represents Surulere, Lagos, combines her love for the sport with a combined academic study for a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College and a Master of Science in Exercise & Health Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Onwumere, representing Imo State, is an established athlete with a gold medal to her credit from the 2015 All African Games. She is also a PhD student.
Omeoga , on the other hand, is a collegiate track and field athlete and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She is representing Umuahia, Abia State on the team.
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The ‘Pepper seller’ PhD record breaker
The story of Adeola Olubamiji stole the hearts of many when it hit the news a few months ago.
It’s one of the most inspiring stories to come out of the year.
Olubamiji, who become the first black person to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, drew nationwide accolades when the achievement made headlines in the country.
The academic feat alone was not what drew admiration but her grass-to-grace story.
In her own account which she shared on her graduation, she said that as the fifth and last child of a mother who “was a farmer and a father who had little”, she hawked pepper on the streets of Ibadan, Oyo State as early as 10 to help her mother. “I always had to wait for my turn. I was the last, a girl child and raised by a mother who’s a farmer.”
Olubamiji said, “Because I had a 2.1 (in Physics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State), it opened doors for me to proceed to Finland for a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. During this Master’s degree, I worked part-time as a cleaner and I continued the job after my Master’s degree as well.
“Out of determination, I applied to over 100 schools for my PhD and finally got a full three-year scholarship (later extended to four years) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
“While in that PhD programme, I worked part-time as a makeup artist, teaching assistant. I also braided hair and fixed weaves to make extra money.”
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|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Nightking04(m): 4:00pm On Dec 30, 2017|
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The Para Champion
A few weeks ago, Alice Oluwafemiayo lifted a weight of 145kg and smashed the women’s +86kg world record in Mexico on the first day of the World Para Powerlifting Championships. With that achievement, she writes her name in the sands of time.
It was a record previously held by compatriot, Loveline Obiji, who lifted 144kg in 2014. The fact that Oluwafemiayo achieved the feat in her fourth attempt did nothing to dampen the enormity of the achievement. “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting,” she had said.
Trailing her were China´s Feifei Zheng, who lifted 130kg, and Egypt´s Geehan Hassan who took the third place with a weight of 125kg.
The lawyer who won Queen Elizabeth’s heart
A multiple-award-winning solicitor, Olufunke Abimbola-Akindolie, put a prestigious feather in her cap a few weeks ago when she was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The lawyer joined a short list of Nigerians who have been so honoured when she became an honouree of the British Queen for “her contribution to the diversification of the legal profession.”
Abimbola-Akindolie is said to be the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry and one of the most senior globally. She dedicates a part of her time fighting for diversity in the UK and beyond, an endeavour that has attracted a number of awards and honours from different parts of the world.
She is the general counsel and head of financial compliance at Roche UK, a company she joined in 2012.
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The ‘Perfect score’ lady
In 2013, the news broke that a 17-year-old girl from Osogbo, Osun State, Folafoluwa Oginni, had emerged number one out of thousands of other students who sat the 2012 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Oginni, who beat two other girls by having a perfect score in all her eight subjects that year, was not done.
She proved that that feat four years ago, was not a fluke when she hit the headline once again in August that she had broken the University of Hertfordshire, UK record for the perfect score of 5.0.
At 21, Oginni aced her law degree with A’s in all the courses and went on to be the first Nigerian valedictorian in the university.
Questions have arisen about whether some of these women, who are lifting the flag of Nigeria high abroad deserve a similar recognition in their country.
But a public analyst, Mr. Dega Akeem, said they do, but that the step was unlikely considering the fact the country is more concerned about “villain-worshipping than hero-worshipping”.
According to him, for every good deed that is honoured, a generation coming behind “graduates” from a materialistic one to a service-focused one.”
He said, “The truth is that there are a lot of Nigerians doing extraordinary things abroad.
When you honour some of them, you not only make them proud of their country, you also show people looking up to them that their feats are honourable.
“I followed Nigeria’s bobsleigh team and realised that they even raised money by themselves to get into the competition. What has happened since they did the country proud ? A country is only as good as how it treats its heroes.”
A sociologist, Dr. Jibril Adeniyi, also corroborated Akeem’s opinion.
According to him, when a country takes extra-ordinary achievements seriously without recourse to the pedigree of the individual, it is ripe for the development.
“You cannot stop the age-long brain-drain in the country by overlooking people who have made the country proud abroad. I believe that the state governments these individuals belong to owe the younger generation the service of honouring people like these,” he said.
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|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Realsman405(m): 4:26pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Leonbonapart(m): 4:43pm On Dec 30, 2017|
Not surprised at all... %80 are Igbo
Strictly and solely good for greatness
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by MrHistorian: 4:43pm On Dec 30, 2017|
God bless Nigeria!
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Heywhizzy(m): 4:43pm On Dec 30, 2017|
These are women of substance
If at all, na these ones suppose dey form feminists, no be all these jobless and frustrated Nairaland so-called feminists
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Tugsramm(m): 4:44pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Okoyeeboz: 4:44pm On Dec 30, 2017|
Miss. Chidinma Okeke from Orumba North in Anambra State.
The former beauty pageant winner broke all records when her lesbian sextape with Miss Jane Emoka also from Anambra state leaked and became one of the most watched videos in Nigeria.
She and her lesbian partner gained international attention such that Xvideos the foremost pornography website invited her over for possible pornography videos.
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|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Sirheny007(m): 4:45pm On Dec 30, 2017|
Unfortunately, I am regrettably under-informed when it comes to matters concerning women.
I am hearing of these things now.
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by kolawoleibukun: 4:46pm On Dec 30, 2017|
for where dem make am?
the only reason those people still day claim Nigeria na becos another contry never give dem offer. once dem get offer na leggo.
which kind Nigerian women?
Nigeria no send anybody.
dem nearly list Anthony Joshua inside. wizkid na Nigerian population day keep all those artist for here. Ghana artist na here dem day come chop na. all these our artist way day here na sheet.
All dem na hungry day do dem. when I day read their net worth I day laugh. Kanayo o Kanayo since which year just day build house for his village this year. pikini wen dem born wen kanayo o kanayo start don marry born him own pikin. na now e day build house. See OJB day house him kidney rotten. Muna no fit fly himself comot for town.
our girls dem go buy comon gown of 200k dem go use am snap for twitter and facebook. a whole celebrity. any small sickness way do anyone na the same we way dem day pump for go still contribute.
the recent iritshefemi way do weding na only four cows dem kill. na wah. I wonder all these celebrity
who see way make e run oh. I day pity all those ones way get chance but dem still day fly green white green. Imagine Yekini of all people die like fowl nobody send. him family today day suffer nobody cares.
Okwaraji family day suffer today nobody send.
Pete Edochie of all people dem just pay am pension. You go day expect say with him connection and fame he go fit push thing. the old man just get pension.
nobody put Blessing Okagbare after all she run for Nigeria. if to say Blessing no she for go run for Ghana.
wetin day vex me be say na shoe way other country polish we won wear.
sense minister say na anthony joshua him won make ambassador when Samuel Peters day rotten for corner for Nigerian Police. Chioma ajunwa since that time na now dem day promote her. after the glory way she give Nigeria. but how our misiter of defense take reach that position just now, we no no.
Buhari pikin carry bike day ride anyhow. if he get work e go try that nonsese. dem no won talk the make of the bike but we know say na Harley davidson. million day wish the boy well, but the millions of poor men way day die, na who go wish dem well?
all nigerian babes don turn ashy even some with common plate of food dem go surrender kukuru give you.
who see road, no dull oh. this one no be place
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Pavore9: 4:46pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by AustineCJ: 4:47pm On Dec 30, 2017|
That Lauretta Onochie PMB adviser for her stupidity
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by BruncleZuma: 4:47pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Okoyeeboz: 4:49pm On Dec 30, 2017|
They said great achievers and not great criminals.
How many Igbos have been mentioned on this thread?
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|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by heisenbergheise(m): 4:50pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by owoeye2: 4:50pm On Dec 30, 2017|
I am inspired.
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by olamil34(m): 4:50pm On Dec 30, 2017|
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|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by majamajic(m): 4:50pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Nobody: 4:51pm On Dec 30, 2017|
You must have been pained so much that you forgot to call them Afonja
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by slawomir: 4:51pm On Dec 30, 2017|
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Acepen(m): 4:52pm On Dec 30, 2017|
Leonbonapart:must u always be tribalistic, what about the igbos committing fraud and pedaling drugs. u are small minded. u should focus on improving ur mindset.
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by MrsNwaAmaikpe(f): 4:52pm On Dec 30, 2017|
and they forgot the part big dicks played in their success story
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Nobody: 4:52pm On Dec 30, 2017|
Leonbonapart:Aba weeds at work
|Re: Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by QuinSecrets(f): 4:52pm On Dec 30, 2017|
History ke, History ni, History faa!
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