Archive Chierika Ukogu: 10 Things You Don't Know About Nigeria's...

Chierika Ukogu: 10 Things You Don’t Know About Nigeria’s First Ever Rower

-

- Advertisment -
For the past few days, Chierika Ukogu has been on the lips of Nigerian Sport enthusiasts for her incredible exploits at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here is a look at 10 things you should know about the Nigerian rower:
1.         Chierika Ukogu, fondly called ‘Coco’ was born on October 2, 1992.
2.         Ukogu is the first professional rower to represent Nigeria at the Olympics.
3.         Coco was born in USA and says she’s proud to be an African-American. She and her siblings were immersed in the culture. “We watch Nollywood movies, we love dancing ‘Alingo,’ we eat the food. All of it,” she said in an interview.
4.         Nigeria’s plan was to develop rowers to compete at the 2020 games in Tokyo. But then Ukogu came along four years earlier.
5.         Ukogu spent years emailing the Nigerian Rowing and Canoeing Federation without response.
6.         When she was eventually considered after years of practice, there was zero financial support from Nigeria’s rowing federation.
7.         She started a GoFundMe campaign in 2015 to raise money for costs like travel expenses, entry fees, uniforms and boats
8.         The Stanford University graduate put on hold her medical school in order to compete for Nigeria at the Rio Olympics.
9.         She trained with the US team before the Rio 2016 Olympics.
10.       Chierika Ukogu on Tuesday qualified for the semi-final of the Women’s Single Sculls rowing event at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Gates Foundation’s Annual Goalkeepers Report Finds Stark Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts

...New data reveals world stepped up to prevent worst-case scenarios from happening; spotlights need for long-term investments to ensure...

Op-ed: Africa Should Rethink Business Models for Impact and Sustainability

By Babatunde Oyateru | Corporate Identity Crisis It is no secret that humans anthropomorphise everything; perhaps it is down to the...

We Need to Strategise to Address Emerging Security Threats — Gbajabiamila

...says House ready to do more despite successes recorded The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has...

Paradigm Initiative, EiE Nigeria, MRA, SERAP Condemn the Continuous Twitter Ban in Nigeria by the Federal Government.

Nigeria’s Twitter ban hits 100 days on Sunday, September 12th, 2021. A milestone leaving the civil society, frontline actors...

USAID Commits $452m to Foster Media, CSO Engagements, Selects Pact, IREX, others

USAID has chosen Pact, along with IREX and our consortium partners, to lead two new regional programs, each titled Civil Society...

Serene Early-TROBB Concepts To Mark Third Anniversary, Trains Teenagers in Vocational Skills

Serene EARLY-TROBB Concepts will be organizing a One-day conference for teenagers and young adults on Mental Health and Menstrual...

Must read

Gates Foundation’s Annual Goalkeepers Report Finds Stark Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts

...New data reveals world stepped up to prevent worst-case...

We Need to Strategise to Address Emerging Security Threats — Gbajabiamila

...says House ready to do more despite successes recorded The...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

%d bloggers like this: