Residents of Ijebu ode hold rally for Tobi Amusan
In support of Tobi Amusan, who on Monday became the first-ever Nigerian athlete to win the world championship and set a record, many young people and women rallied in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Amusan, 25, from Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, recorded a time of 12.12 seconds, beating the previous world record of 12.20 seconds set by American Keni Harrison in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Oregon, USA, before going on to win gold in the competition’s final at the Hayward Field stadium.
Adeeko Lateef, Registrar of Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School in Ijebu Ode, reported that due to their National Examination Council exams on Monday, Amusan’s former training partners joined the school’s students in reciting the national song.
The rally was held in front of the roundabout in front of the school. According to the registrar, Amusan has given the school’s name international recognition. The registrar added that Tobi is a very quiet girl who always keeps to herself, so they had no choice but to join the rest of the town in celebrating her triumph.
Tobi graduated from the school in 2011 and participated in the relay team while still enrolled. Because she worked hard and ensured that she become someone despite her diminutive stature, students look up to her as an inspiration.
Tobi Amusan, who is affectionately referred to as “shanko” due to her height, always gave her all when she went for training.
The stadium was filled with people carrying pictures of Tobi as the entire ijebu ode was in a festive mood. Traders who knew her put her photos on their storefronts to draw consumers. According to Oladayo Adefisoye, the purpose of the demonstration was for the Ogun State government and the federal government to properly commemorate her (a boxing coach at the stadium). She deserves a MON award, he continued, and he also compared her success to Laycon, who received a prize from the Ogun State government for winning the “BIG BROTHER NAIJA SHOW.” She was the smallest but most active trainee.
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I’ve never been more proud to be an Ijebu Ode man because, along with coach Ayodele Solaja, I was one of the coaches that made sure she didn’t lose focus on her training. I run an academy where I train young athletes in Ijebu Ode, and for two years I never saw her until she won her inter-house sports race in 2009, according to Solaja, who claimed to have scouted Amusan from OLASS. That’s when I first noticed her and turned my attention to her. Because of her diminutive physique, the athlete originally intended to play football but converted to sprinting instead, where she found success, said Solaja.
She has received congratulations from a number of prominent Nigerians, including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Dapo Abiodun, the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Mr. Peter Obi, and many others. They are all proud of her success and encourage young people in Nigeria to follow in her footsteps.
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