58 Views

8 Nigerians Representing Other Countries at Rio Olympics

Nigeria has failed to harness some of her vast human resources who have since pledged allegiance to other countries at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

At the Rio Olympics 2016, there are about 11,550 athletes participating, from 207 nations. Some of these athletes feature for countries other than their country of origin.

Here are 8 Nigerians competing for other countries at the Rio Olympics 2016:

1. Femi Ogunode – Qatar

femi oguode.jpg

Femi Seun Ogunode was born on 15 May 1991 in Ondo state, western Nigeria. He ran for University of Ibadan and qualified for the 2007 All-Africa Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

However, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria left him off of the final rosters for both events for undisclosed reasons. Following these, Ogunode accepted an offer to compete internationally for Qatar.

2. Oluwakemi Adekoya – Bahrain

kemi adekoya.jpg

Oluwakemi Adekoya was born on January 16, 1993. She originally ran for Nigerian since 2011, but due to dissatisfaction with how the country treated athletes Kemi defected to Bahrain.

3. Ezinne Okparaebo – Norway

Ezinne-Okparaebo.jpg

Ezinne Okparaebo was born on March 3, 1988 in Imo state, Nigeria. She is a Norwegian track and field sprint athlete. She has been living in Norway since the age of nine, and identifies as Norwegian. She has been representing Norway since 2008. This 2016 Olympics she won no medals, completing the women 100m event in 11.43s.

4. Keturah Orji – USA

orji usa.jpg

Keturah Orji Keturah Orji was born on March 5, 1996. She is an American track and field athlete specializing in the triple jump. Orji grew up in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and graduated from Mount Olive High School in 2014. She placed fourth in the triple jump at this year’s Olympics.

5. Ayomide Folorunso – Italy

folorunsho in rio.jpg

Ayomide Folorunso was born October 17, 1996. She is from Abeokuta, in Ogun state, Nigeria. She now has Italian nationality and runs in the 400 metres hurdles race for Italy. She has made it to the Semi finals at this year’s Rio Olympics after coming 9th.

6. Barbara Nwaba – United States

barbara nwaba.PNG

Barbara Nwaba of the United States shows her dejection after falling in the Women’s Heptathlon 100 metres hurldles during day one of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 22, 2015 in Beijing, China. She is yet to win any medal in 2016.

7. Morolake Akinosun – USA

morolake akinosun.jpg

Morolake Akinosun, born May 17, 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria is no small athlete. She is an American track runner who is currently participating in this year’s Olympics. She will be running a Relay race on Thursday, August 18.

8. Paola Ogechi Egonu – Italy

ogechi rio.jpg

Paola Ogechi Egonu was born on 18 December 1998 in Veneto, Italy to Nigerian parents. She is an Italian female volleyball player. She is part of the Italy women’s national volleyball team and she was awarded ‘best outside Spiker’ at the 2016 Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament . Her team beat Puerto Rico 3- 0 in their last match.

Source: Stella Naija

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

7 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Stay Motivated
Business
7 views
Business
7 views

7 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Stay Motivated

MT - October 19, 2017

Making the decision to become an entrepreneur is a fearless step from being an employee of a business to the leader of your own business. One of…

Reason Why The Statue Of Fela Kuti In Lagos Is Headless
Art, History and Culture
10 views
Art, History and Culture
10 views

Reason Why The Statue Of Fela Kuti In Lagos Is Headless

MT - October 19, 2017

Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti continues to be a legend even 20 years after his demise. The 2017 edition of the festival was a special edition as it…

CNN Said Nigeria Has High Rate Of HIV Infection And Only Few Get Tested
Food and Health
11 views
Food and Health
11 views

CNN Said Nigeria Has High Rate Of HIV Infection And Only Few Get Tested

MT - October 19, 2017

S'exual health tests in Nigeria can be a harrowing ordeal. In addition to the anxiety of discovering their results, visitors to public clinics must face the stigma…

Woman Shares Story of Miraculous Delivery of Twins After Fibroid Diagnosis
Food and Health
33 views
Food and Health
33 views

Woman Shares Story of Miraculous Delivery of Twins After Fibroid Diagnosis

PH - October 19, 2017

A woman has shared on her Instagram, the story of a wonderful miracle, one of faith. She shared how the sonographer told her that she’s carrying fibroid…

See New Photos Of Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans As He Appears In Lagos Court for His Trial
Shocking
42 views
Shocking
42 views

See New Photos Of Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans As He Appears In Lagos Court for His Trial

MT - October 19, 2017

We earlier reported this morning that billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly called Evans, arrived at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos, in hand-cuffs as the continuation of…

Operation Crocodile Smile II: How 20-Year-Old Man Was Allegedly Killed By Soldiers In Lekki
Shocking
37 views
Shocking
37 views

Operation Crocodile Smile II: How 20-Year-Old Man Was Allegedly Killed By Soldiers In Lekki

MT - October 19, 2017

A young apprentice, Sadiq Ismaila has reportedly been killed by soldiers on operation crocodile smile II in Lagos state. Nigerian Army personnel attached to Exercise Crocodile Smile…

Actress Bidemi Kosoko Refuses To Speak On The Allegation Of Adultery Leveled Against Her. Here’s why..
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Actress Bidemi Kosoko Refuses To Speak On The Allegation Of Adultery Leveled Against Her. Here’s why..

MT - October 19, 2017

Nollywood actress Bidemi Kosoko, daughter of veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, has refused to speak on the allegation of adultery leveled against her. According to the woman identified…

Photo Of Five Star Chairman, E-Money Without His Face Cap For The First Time
Entertainment
46 views
Entertainment
46 views

Photo Of Five Star Chairman, E-Money Without His Face Cap For The First Time

MT - October 19, 2017

Five star chairman and Business mogul, Emeka Okonkwo aka E-money shared a photo of himself without face cap on for the first time in 5 years. The…

Checkout Beautiful Photos Of Twin Sisters Who Got Married On The Same Day In Nigeria
Inspiring
42 views
Inspiring
42 views

Checkout Beautiful Photos Of Twin Sisters Who Got Married On The Same Day In Nigeria

MT - October 19, 2017

It was a moment of joy on Saturday as crowd gathered to witness the traditional wedding ceremony between two beautiful twins in Nigeria on the same day. …

How Gani Adams Emerged Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland – Alaafin of Oyo
Art, History and Culture
49 views
Art, History and Culture
49 views

How Gani Adams Emerged Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland – Alaafin of Oyo

PH - October 19, 2017

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has stated that he chose the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the new Are Ona…

3 Pimples Wrong Facts That Are Not True
Food and Health
52 views
Food and Health
52 views

3 Pimples Wrong Facts That Are Not True

MT - October 19, 2017

Pimples are just nasty. It’s a fact that we all have to live with at one point or the other in our life though some more than…

Gov. Fayose Explains Why Aare Ona Kakanfo Cap Fits Gani Adams
Art, History and Culture
44 views
Art, History and Culture
44 views

Gov. Fayose Explains Why Aare Ona Kakanfo Cap Fits Gani Adams

PH - October 19, 2017

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, says the title of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, being conferred on the Leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress…

Meet Sijibomi Ogundele, Nigeria’s Youngest Billionaire At 33
Best of Nigeria
50 views
Best of Nigeria
50 views

Meet Sijibomi Ogundele, Nigeria’s Youngest Billionaire At 33

MT - October 19, 2017

Sijibomi Ogundele is the man to watch out for as far as the revolution of Nigeria’s prime real estate is concerned. Perhaps the nation’s youngest billionaire, Sijibomi…

Why I‘m Sure PDP Will Defeat APC In 2019 – Senator Adeleke
Politics
39 views
Politics
39 views

Why I‘m Sure PDP Will Defeat APC In 2019 – Senator Adeleke

PH - October 19, 2017

Senator Isiaka Adeleke has declared that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, will return to power in 2019. He said he is convinced that the opposition party will…

APC Reveals How Its Presidential Candidate Will Emerge
Politics
35 views
Politics
35 views

APC Reveals How Its Presidential Candidate Will Emerge

PH - October 19, 2017

The ruling All Progressives Congress has said it will abide by its constitution to resolve the controversy over whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari will be given…

Photos Of President Buhari, Wife, Son And Daughter As They Arrive In Turkey For D-8 Summit
Politics
50 views
Politics
50 views

Photos Of President Buhari, Wife, Son And Daughter As They Arrive In Turkey For D-8 Summit

MT - October 19, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari and his pretty wife, Aisha Buhari, have arrived Turkey after they touched down on Wednesday night at the Esenboyaa International Airport, Ankara, Turkey. https://twitter.com/NGRPresident/status/920705187328806912…

Expelled Redeemer’s University Actor, Debo Adedayo Spills More On His Expulsion – ‘VC was angry because we didn’t give him an award’
Shocking
80 views
Shocking
80 views

Expelled Redeemer’s University Actor, Debo Adedayo Spills More On His Expulsion – ‘VC was angry because we didn’t give him an award’

MT - October 18, 2017

A student of the Redeemer’s University, Debo Adedayo, talks about his post on Facebook that led to his expulsion by the varsity authorities with TOLUWANI ENIOLA. Tell…

Beautiful Photo Of Billionaire Oil Mogul, Mohammed Indimi And His Family
Richest
95 views
Richest
95 views

Beautiful Photo Of Billionaire Oil Mogul, Mohammed Indimi And His Family

MT - October 18, 2017

  The photo was taken during his 70th birthday getaway in Spain. Recall that the oil mogul is in-law to Nigeria's president whom one of his daughters,…

Loading...