Before last year, many Africans hardly knew what Bobsled sports were about, but thanks to three young women, the sport is now widely known and celebrated across the continent.
Now known as the Nigerian Bobsled team, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga brought Africa and more specifically, Nigeria to the limelight at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, in 2018, by making it into the competition, which holds once every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice.
Before the ladies’ participation in the last edition, No African country had represented the sport of bobsled at the Winter Olympics.
Seun, Ngozi, and Akuoma have established athletes and are engaged in many personal endeavors.
Ngozi has background work experience in the mortgage industry and is now a full-time student pursuing a Doctoral degree.
Akuoma is the brakeman for the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team and also works as a healthcare recruiter.
Seun is the driver of the team and also currently a chiropractic student. She is studying for a dual degree of a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College and a Masters of Science in Exercise & Health Science University of Houston Clear Lake.
Accelerate hosted leader of the team, Seun Adigun and the things we found out were amazing. Dolled up in her Olympian outfits, Seun loosened up and revealed her musical dexterity as well as her fashion statements on this month’s edition of Accelerate’s Digital magazine, The Cover.
Check out excerpts from her interview below:
If you can describe yourself in one word. What word will that be and why?
Selfless; because I think my entire existence is living for the better; the betterment of great or good. I just like to see people happy, I like to see people excel, I like to see people grow and I think that’s selflessness. In order to embody that type of personality, you have to have a level of integrity, a level of passion and I think I embody all of those qualities.
What does fashion mean to you?
For me, the word Fashion means that you are able to express yourself artistically in whatever form you are most creative in, and I think that it’s beautiful. I love fashion.
What’s your favorite fashion brand?
Now to be honest I don’t really have a favorite Fashion brand or a favorite fashion look. I think that as I am evolving, I am also evolving with my artistic expression and that’s what I consider fashion to be. So at that moment, whatever that artistic expression may be is where I feel I allow myself to go. It was probably until about a year ago that I even really started wearing any type of makeup. Even then I still don’t have a clue about that, and I feel that associates itself with fashion. But every now and again, you know, I let somebody just doll me up and if that means put me in a dress or put me in bikinis and some pair of pants, let’s do it. I think that’s where I am in life.
What’s your daily make up routine?
Daily makeup routine for me is like a whole lot of nothing, to be honest. I am really big on just having good skin and I am fortunate enough that my parents gave me good genes on skin quality. So I think that as an athlete, it’s difficult to always wear a face beat to the court. With sweat and everything that happens, it’s just easier to maintain me with maybe a little eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.
Fashion and music go hand in hand, what’s your story with music?
I believe fashion and music go hand in hand and again because I feel like all the arts fall together in that creative expression, and music is embedded in my soul; music has been followed down to me from my father and my mother. My dad is really big into actual sounds in the different genres of music – from country to Fuji music, to hip hop, to R&B; and even my mother, being a dancing queen all the way from her younger days till now. So any type of sound just articulates to her dancing juices and all of those passes down to myself and my brothers. I think music is such a big part of my family that it can’t be denied. I can never watch TV in life and be perfectly okay, but to not listen to music, you would know I am not a 100 percent okay.
As a hard-working Olympian, how do you relax and chill?
My mechanism of chilling is by listening to music. That is what I call my happy place; that is how I am most comfortable. When I am in the highest, stressed environment, I listen to music, because it makes me feel good, it makes me dance. When I am in very cool, calm environment, I also listen to music because it keeps me in that moment of relaxation. Music is just the key to my soul.
With the #Wakanda trend and you being on the continent at the moment, has any style inspired you?
To be honest I think that I have not really been necessarily very driven by this #Wakanda wave because I have been very Afrocentric and into African Art and African Fashion for ages and I think that one thing that hasn’t really gone out of style for me is just the different types of African materials, whether it be Ankara, lace, whatever material it is that we have in Nigeria and being able to create different styles. I think it is the styles for me that I really maximize. It gives me the opportunity to have Nigerian materials and fashion.
What message do you have for the youths?
Never live by the fear of the unknown. Don’t be limited by the things that you may not always understand. Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t necessarily means it is wrong nor does it mean that you are able to achieve it. It just means that you don’t understand it. Also, exercise patience because, in life, we continuously learn and even in the moment you think you know everything, you don’t know everything just yet. So just take life as it comes to you but don’t miss out on an opportunity just because you are limited by that fear of the unknown.
Check out her photos in the slides above
Intro: Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Transcribed by: Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)
Graphics: Adedayo Adegbami
Video Editor: Oluwatosin Olateru