Rejoice! Seun Adigun is Africa’s first!1 minute read

Nigeria’s Seun Adigun, who we interviewed last November as part of the record breaking Nigerian Bobsled team, has made history once more. The multitasking athlete, who is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic while completing a Master’s in Fitness and Human Performance, is the first Olympian from Africa to compete in both the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics.

Photo cred. Phil Edwards

Seun actually began her career in Track and Field and represented Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympics competing in the 100m. In the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, she competed with the first African bobsled team. Her achievement was officially noted by International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative Ayako Ito who went on to acknowledge that at the 2018 Winter Games, she was one of only two such athletes, the other being TaeKwandoist turned skier Pita Taufatofua of Tonga.

Seun’s response humbly emphasized her commitment to continue to represent the African continent well, “This is a real-life example of what it means to represent African excellence and a true testament to the fact that impossible is nothing. This milestone is truly a blessing”.

What a true African hero!

Catch up on our other stories about the bobsled team and Seun’s teammate Simidele Adeagbo, here and here.

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Naliaka Odera is a freelance writer, editor and social media consultant. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of ‘Of Africa’, an online platform that celebrates women of African descent while fostering editorial talent. She is a proud Kenyan who has lived in Belgium, Canada and Thailand. While in Canada, she earned a BA at the University of British Columbia. She has an ongoing love affair with words and loves great conversations as well as all genres of literature. Her writing can be found at Through Of Africa and her consultation, she stresses the importance of people learning vital communication skills to be able to speak for themselves.