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YES! Nigeria’s Chierika Ukogu qualifies for Semifinals of Rowing Event at #RioOlympics2016



LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - MAY 27: Chierika Ukogu of Nigeria competes in the Women's Single Sculls heats during day 1 of the 2016 World Rowing Cup II at Rotsee on May 27, 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Chierika Ukogu

We are just so proud of Team Nigeria!

Chierika ‘Coco’ Ukogu, 23, the first person to represent Nigeria in Rowing at the Olympics, today qualified for the semifinals of the event.

Ukogu’s story is so inspiring because she chose to represent her country, Nigeria, even without support. She sponsored her Olympics campaign herself through a GoFundMe Page she created.

She took it upon herself to get the necessary training and preparation to make sure she displays peak performance at the Olympics.

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to celebrate Ukogu and her worthy achievement.

Go for Gold Ukogu!

Photo Credit: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images


  1. Las

    August 9, 2016 at 7:29 pm


    Y’all know what this means right? The whole country will now be overrun with “potential” rowers. ??

    • Amaa

      August 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Which is a great thing its just that our country is not serious the Niger delta and the riverine area people did row for days sometimes weeks to the neighboring villages to conduct trade . The same goes for swimming and long distance runners. The sports minister is clueless on innovative ways to raise money economy is bad yes but they will be people who are willing to brand the team and take care care of logistics like uniform ,food etc. Nah to dey there dey yarn opataaa.
      I also expect a rise in children born and named Chierika just like when Chimamanda shot to lime light .

    • Mariam

      August 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Amaa, you are spot on. There is so much talent and willingness but no investment in the people. Chierika had to invest in herself, and from my small experience with rowing at Cambridge which I documented here I must commend her for being determined in the face of adversity.

  2. bruno

    August 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    ” She sponsored herself Olympics
    campaign through a GoFundMe Page she created”

    nigeria is useless country.

    ” Chierika ‘Coco’ Ukogu , 23, the first person to
    represent Nigeria in Rowing at the Olympics,”

    dear minister of sports and nigerians in general. pls there are other sports apart from football. pls we need to diversify. diving, swimming (theres nothing special about Michael phelps, so many boys in the villages can swim better and faster than him if we train them properly) horse back riding, shooting, judo, ,basketball, etc pls our focus shouldn’t be only on football. we need to start training for every sport being done at the Olympics so our chances of winning something will be greater. look at usa. almost every sport they are participating.

    ukogu u go girl. I cant promise u that I will watch ur performance cause nepa is unpredictable.

    • Naijatalk

      August 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      We do not have facilities, a major problem that cannot be ignored. When the needed facilities are provided, maintenance measures must be in place and strictly followed, if not major problem numero 2.
      Meanwhile this girl is really smart. Nobody represents Nigeria in Rowing, but the US has several options of athlete representatives. No competition for her qualification. She chose wisely.

    • Ene

      August 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Exactly what Ive been saying. its not as if they will give them 22 gold medals if they win the football tournament at the Olympics.

    • Anon

      August 9, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      ” its not as if they will give them 22 gold medals if they win the football tournament at the Olympics.”


    • Ene

      August 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

      @Anon. I’m a big football fan, but at the Olympics, there are many other sports we could win medals.

    • Geeky

      August 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Did you really say there’s nothing special about Michael Phelps? Seriously? I get your argument, though.

    • aj

      August 10, 2016 at 3:00 am

      Don’t mind Bruno….I caught the nonsense he spewed. Michael Phelps is an excellent for your information. He is in a class of his own.

    • Mr. Egghead

      August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Don’t mind Bruno joor.
      Na vex dey cause am to misyarn

    • nnenne

      August 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      + bruno. . ..Yes, Igbos are creative like that! Unfortunately, we are only acknowledged when bad things are done.
      Good job, Chierika!


    August 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome. BN I’ve got two complaints; when I try to like a comment it takes me back to the beginning of the post, as in it refreshes the page and I’m unable to like said comment. Also when I click to go to the previous page to view older posts it takes me to a website, usually Fidelity bank’s. I’ve seen others make the latter complaint, hope y’all are doing something about it. Thanks.

  4. Debola

    August 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thumbs up ? girl. Muah ?

  5. Ekene

    August 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Sports keep youths out of the street, create health competition and job. Not about claiming that you will employ 25 million unemployed graduate and pay them 20,000 a month ( which is still a promise) .Leverage on sports, build facilities. Create structures; there should be leagus for all sports from primary schools to sec schools to university and eventual draft to the national league.

  6. lacey

    August 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    God bless you Chierika! The Nigerian youth is so demovitated that they don’t reason properly
    anymore!Its not their fault,it is how these wicked leaders want them to be! they want them to loose
    their fighting spirit!And be looking at pictures of them and their children living in opulence ,
    enjoying the good life, from stolen monies!
    Only the ones Diaspora think and a few left behind think of how they can better Nigeria!
    Majority of the youths are not channelling their reasoning faculty properly anymore!Only how to
    make quick money!Bleach and look for rich husband! yahoo yahoo, travel abroad to do menial
    dirty jobs!God will continue to preserve the ones that want to the right direction!

    • Ariere

      August 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      I wish I could like your comment a million times. It’s just heartbreaking when I go on Twitter and IG and even real life to see how misplaced the priority of the typical Nigerian Youth is.

      Sincerely, I fear for Nigeria’s future. More needs to be expected from the Ministry of Sports. Football isn’t the only sport to focus on. USA, Australia, China and Germany have over 320 Athletics each competing in over 25 sports in this current Olympic Games.

      As a Country, we can do better.

  7. lifeisbeautiful

    August 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Happy and proud for you Girl! Sad for this pitiful country that can’t recognized talent and skill. In fact, I think Nigeria is the only country that suppresses and oppresses talented, intelligent, creative young people. You want proof…look at the good for nothings in your governments first.

  8. MIss Kosh

    August 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    She came from the wrong country. Anyway, she was born and raised in the US. Glad for her that she’s only from Nigerian descent. And only representing Nigeria just for the games. How selfless and giving of her….

    E for dey on a long ting if Na here dem born and raise her.

    Goes to show how this country is killing the potentials of its Youth.

  9. aj

    August 10, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Chierika Girl I’m rooting for you to bring to Nigeria the gold…Thank you for making us proud.

  10. Tosin

    August 10, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I’m not proud of Team Nigeria because Nigeria does not care and does not deserve their effort. They should do whatever makes them happy. We should do something before Tokyo 2020 to prove that we are not cursed with boneheaded thief-hearted failure.

  11. Dr. N

    August 10, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Go girl!

  12. Mr. Egghead

    August 10, 2016 at 9:10 am

    “I am not receiving any financial support from the Nigerian Rowing Federation, so my dream relies on your generosity.” – Chierika’s Gofundme page

    No financial support from the NRF, yet they get allocations yearly.

    Sports is underestimated in this country that we love.
    When a brother is exhausted from training for the Games, how will he have energy to carry gun and do ole.
    What many people need is support and funding to reach their goals. Not everybody must go through 6-3-3-4 before they can make a success from life. Unemployment numbers will shrink drastically if people have the opportunity to be actively engaged in other pursuits

  13. Prince

    August 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I celebrate you sis. You’re coming back with the GOLD

  14. teesha

    August 10, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Yes, you can Chierika! Love your self motivation and determination despite lack of support from sports governing bodies in Nigeria. Go for the gold girl.

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