Early this year, the trio of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere became the first Olympic bobsled team in history to represent an African nation at the Winter Olympics.
While the trio didn’t bring home the gold from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, they encourage other African sportspeople to break new records. They inspired Simidele Adeagbo to break a barrier of her own, becoming the first skeleton racer to represent Nigeria at the Olympics.
“Growing up as a little kid, you always look for people who either represent you in some sort of fashion,” Omeoga told HuffPost. “Whether that be the clothes they wear, whether that be the way that they talk, anything like that so to see that we could be that… that aha moment for certain people, that’s absolutely amazing to me.”
Now, the team has taken to their official Instagram to reveal the trio of who make up the team of Nigeria’s first ever men’s bobsled team.
Meet them below:
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HAPPY 58TH BIRTHDAY NIGERIA!!! 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 . As our gift to Nigeria, we would like to announce the addition of a MEN'S BOBSLED TEAM to the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria! They will mark the first Men's Winter team to ever compete for the country! 🎉🎉🎉 . These men are a true representation of patriotism and the movement created by BSFN to promote our core values of #Innovation #Integrity #Committment and #Community on the mission to #Beijing2022 AND BEYOND! . Please join us in welcoming Osazee Ulamen (@austinulamen), Elias Schernig (@eamso_94) and Aaron Schernig (@aaronschernig). LET THE WINTER BEGIN!! . #Nigeria #Naija #Independence #Day #HappyBirthday #Bobsled #Skeleton #BSFN #Winter #Olympians #Olympics #History #IBSF @ibsfsliding