Nigeria’s Second Class Athletes

We take a glimpse into the lives and struggles of athletes living in Nigeria and what makes them so different from their Nigerian counterparts living and training outside the shores of Nigeria.

60 athletes represented Nigeria at the just concluded Tokyo 2020. 75% of the selected athletes live and train outside Nigeria. Nigeria’s first medal at the Tokyo 2020 was won by an internationally-based athlete, Ese Brume.

Home-based athletes work hard with little or no support from the government, and when they finally make it on the team to compete internationally, their lack of knowledge of competing standards betray a government that continues to fail them. In an event where these athletes sustain injuries, all organizations in charge of their welfare abandon them to their faith.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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