Favour Chukwuka Ofili is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in the 200- and 400-meter sprints. She took silver in the 400m at the 2019 African Games. She is also the 2019 African Youth Champion in the 200 and 400 meters. With a time of 21.96 seconds, she holds both the national and Under-20 records for the 200-meter dash, becoming Nigeria’s first female athlete to break the 22-second barrier. She ran the 100m in 10.93 seconds on April 30, 2022, at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, becoming the first NCAA female athlete to break the 11-second barrier.
Early Life and Education
Favour Ofili was born in Delta State, Nigeria, on December 31, 2002. She attended primary and secondary school in Delta State, Nigeria, before moving to the United States on a scholarship to Louisiana State University, where she is a member of the school’s athletics team.
At the age of 16, Favour Ofili competed for her country in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 m relays at the 2019 World Relays in Yokohama. At the 2019 African U18 and U20 Athletics Championships, she won both the 200 and 400-meter races, earning her the title of female athlete of the competition. She set personal best times in each of her events.
She finished second behind Patience George in the 2019 Nigerian Championships and ran the 400 m in under 52 seconds for the first time. She beat this time at the African Games, finishing second with a personal best of 51.68 seconds, and earned a spot at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She helped the Nigerian team of Kemi Francis, Patience George, Blessing Oladoye, and Favour Ofili win gold in the women’s 4 x 400 m relay at the African Games. As a result, the young athlete received his second senior medal.
She is currently a competitor at Louisiana State University, where she held the NCAA collegiate record for the 200m with a time of 21.96 until Abby Steiner beat it at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21.80.
At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Favour Ofili won a silver medal in the women’s 200m and a gold medal in the women’s 4 x 100m with Tobi Amusan, Chukwuma Rosemary, Nwokocha Nzubechi Grace, and Udo Joy Gabriel Chinenye.
- 200 metres: 2019
- 400 m – 51.49 (Baton Rouge 2021).
- 200 m-21.96 NR,
- NU20R (Gainesville, Florida, 2022)
- 100 m-10.93 (Baton Rouge, 2022).
Awards and Nominations
- The Commissioner’s Trophy at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
- She was awarded a second senior medal at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha.
She is estimated to have a net worth of $50,000.