4 Famous Nigerians Who Made The Country Proud In Recent Times
Nigerians woke up feeling patriotic today after news of Tobi Amusan‘s win at the World Athletic Championship made it to the media. It’s been pomp and pageantry as Nigerians celebrate the Athlete who has put the country in a good light by copping a Gold medal. Not only did Amusa win the 100mH women’s race, but she also kept a new record time of reaching the finish line in 12.06s.
But before now, we have had two other famous figures who have used their craft to hoist the Nigerian flag on the big global stages in different endeavours.
On July 24, 2022, Nigerian rave of the moment, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems adds another silverware to her overflowing basket of laurels, as she features on the soundtrack for the trailer of Marvel’s Black Panther 2.
Tems can be heard in the background of the trailer belting a cover to Bob Marley’s No woman No cry and Kendrick Lamar’s Alright.
Tems’ acclaim and success continue to grow in leap and bounds as in less than two years, she has featured on tracks with the likes of Drake, Future, and Wizkid, which led to her topping the Billboard 100, snagging a Grammy nomination, and winning two BET awards, being the first Nigerian female artiste to achieve same.
The Black Panther movie franchise faced criticisms for its soundtrack for its movie in 2018, as it featured very little African presence. Following the Trailer’s release, fans and social media users alike have taken to social media platforms to celebrate this feat.
Nigerian footballer, Asisat Oshoala emerged as the winner of the CAF Player of the Year Women’s category. The former Arsenal female star won a the accolade for a record fifth time despite struggling with injuries all season long.
Oshoala was brilliant for Barcelona last season helping her side to a flawless league triumph.
Despite missing out on weeks of action due to injury, Oshoala emerged as the top scorer in the Spanish female league as she clinched the Golden boot after registering 24 goals in Liga Femeni.
For this latest award, Oshoala saw off the stiff opposition from Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya and Zambia’s Grace Chanda to become the first-ever woman to win this Player of the Year accolade five times.
Still, on the World Athletic Championship, Nigeria’s Ese Brume also did the country proud in the Long Jump event where she grabbed a silver medal.