AKUOMA OMEOGA (25)
I was born in St. Paul Minnesota (arguably the coldest state in the US) to parents from Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
I am the youngest “Oma” of four girls. I joke and say that because all of my sisters’ names end with “Oma” which translates to “good” in the Igbo language. Lucky for me I had five people to look up to.
My parents encouraged extracurricular activities such as playing instruments, sports and art while maintaining an emphasis on education and Igbo culture. Track and field was kind of the family sport.
After watching my sisters compete and taking a strong liking for the sport myself, I was recruited to the University of Minnesota’s track and field programme where I competed for four years.
Meet Nigeria’s Bobsled Women’s Team
Seun Adigun is the founding member of Nigeria’s national Bobsled women’s team. She and her teammates Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omega are also eligible to qualify for the Winter Olympics. They may be competing in Pyeongchang next year, and Seun says with a little bit of ambition and determination, she believes anything is possible.
(Photo: Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omega. Credit: @Underarmour)