The Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP), Nigeria’s first integrated oil and gas investment company, has awarded a 3-year Student-Athlete Scholarship to Making of Champions (MoC) athlete Eseroghene Oguma, who is a student of the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) in Rivers State.
The vision of NDEP’s founding fathers was to create a vehicle that would afford ordinary Nigerians the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the country’s oil and gas industry. The company remains Nigeria’s foremost indigenous and independent operator of small to medium sized oil fields.
The 3-year Scholarship for Eseroghene Oguma is meant to take care of his training, tuition, feeding and competition costs. Essentially, NDEP will be fully sponsoring the completion of his University degree and his preparation to hopefully represent Nigeria at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The 19-year old is in his second year at Uniport where he is studying Business Management. He was MoC’s first athlete at the Port Harcourt Track Club, and is currently being trained by Olympic medallist and MoC Coach Uchenna Emedolu.
Oguma was the fastest schoolboy in Lagos State in 2015, winning GOLD medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m Relays at those 2015 Lagos Secondary School (Ibile) Games. He also caught the attention of MoC after his exploits at the company’s own Top Sprinter Auditions in Lagos the same year.
He has Personal Bests of 22.05s in the 200m, and 49.16s in the 400m, and emerged the National Junior (U20) Bronze Medallist in the 200m at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)/MoC National U20 & U18 Championships held in Abuja in June 2017.
He is also one of eleven MoC athletes invited by the AFN to the forthcoming All Nigeria Track and Field Championships slated to hold in Abuja from July 13th to 15th 2017.
Oguma is the fourth MoC athlete to be awarded a Student-Athlete Scholarship, following on the heels of teammates Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jeremiah Jakpa who are recipients of a 4-year Scholarship from Oil and Gas company, ARCO Group.
16-year old Chiamaka Egbochinam also secured a Secondary School Scholarship from another Oil and Gas company Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) in 2016.
The Student-Athlete Scholarship was launched by MoC Founder/CEO Bambo Akani, to take care of the training and University education of the best teenage athletes in Nigeria in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
On behalf of everyone at Making of Champions, we’d like to say a big thank you to Niger Delta Exploration & Production, for supporting Ese Oguma’s dream of preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics while completing his University Education at Uniport!
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