I dedicate my post today to our women folks for proving that women are Great, especially to Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, MON, and Tobi Amusan. Why so?
Chioma Ajunwa became the first Nigerian to win a gold medal in the field event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA. Tobi Amusan, on the other hand, had just dethroned Kendra Harrison of the United States of America right there in America to win the gold medal in the 100 meters hurdles and, thus, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal in the World Athletics Championships.
Tobi won the gold medal in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA. She did it most amazingly by smashing the world record twice. She won the semi-final race in 12.12 seconds, breaking Harrison’s historical record, which hitherto stood at 12.20 seconds. Less than two hours later, she smashed her record of 12.12 seconds by running the final race in 12.06 seconds, which was said to have been wind assisted. As I sat watching this unique amazon, tears of joy rolled down my cheeks watching a Nigerian put the green-white-green flag in the focus of the entire world. What a pride to Nigeria!
For everything I hear or see, I try to learn some lessons others could leverage to succeed. Chioma and Tobi were not born with the silver spoon in their mouths. They both had humble beginnings. Despite the challenges, they did not give up but strived to succeed in their chosen fields. Chioma is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, and Tobi combines studies with athletics.
I know of a truth that no athlete succeeds without the power of systematic planning, consistent daily training exercises, resilience, methodical patience, respect for values, and focusing on the price. Many successful individuals hate distractions. They keep very few valuable friends who would add value to their lives. Some have broken relations to concentrate on their passions. They do not engage in the vices that would destroy their dreams. They keep the future enjoyments for the future and work and keep working today to harvest the opportunities today offers. When they are done achieving their goals, they pick up their social lives, which they enjoy ad infinitum.
Nobody negotiated with God on where to be born. Some were lucky to be born into riches and affluence. Some were born kings and queens, while others were born into absolute poverty. One may be angry at the humble beginning, but the onus is on the person to strive to live above that humble beginning and make a difference to become successful.
People can blame God for birthing them into low-income families, but we cannot blame God for dying poor. The lives of Chioma and Tobi should be a lesson to the younger generation. Lamentations over what nature throws at them will not take them out of the valley of wants. What would take them out of it are hard work, focusing on the price, making the right choices, fleeing from vices that could destroy the body and the spiritual life, and never seeing obstacles but opportunities in every blockade.
Please join me in celebrating Chioma and Tobi for making us proud. Once again, Congratulations. Proudly Nigerian.
Grace and peace!!!