Nigeria's 4x400m World Relay Bronze-winning team (L-R, Sade Abugan, Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Regina George)

On April 14th 2014, nearly 300 girls in Chibok in Northeastern Nigeria were abducted from their secondary school in the dead of the night by Boko Haram militants. At the recently concluded World Relay Championships in the Bahamas, Team Nigeria got behind the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Nigeria posted a commendable performance at these 1st ever World Relays, with a 4x400m Bronze and 4th place in the 4x100m, and it was perhaps fitting that it was our girls who posted those results:

Nigeria's 4x400m World Relay Bronze-winning team (L-R, Sade Abugan, Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Regina George)
Nigeria’s 4x400m World Relay Bronze-winning team
(L-R, Sade Abugan, Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Regina George)
Nigeria's 4x100m World Relay 4th-place team   (L-R, Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan, Francesca Okwara)
Nigeria’s 4x100m World Relay 4th-place team
(L-R, Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Duncan, Francesca Okwara)
Nigeria's 4x400m World Relay Team  (L-R, Isah Salihu, Noah Akwu, Tobi Ogunmola, Amechi Morton)
Nigeria’s 4x400m World Relay Team
(L-R, Isah Salihu, Noah Akwu, Tobi Ogunmola, Amechi Morton)

Over the last 2 days we have been posting #BringBackOurGirlsNow photos. The first set of photos on Wednesday featured IAAF President Lamine Diack, and Bahamian 4x400m Olympic GOLD medallist, Chris Brown, while Thursday’s instalment featured the likes of British 400m Olympic GOLD & Silver Medallist, Christine Ohuruogu MBE, and former Bahamian 400m World Champion, Tonique Williams-Darling.

#BringBackOurGirls has slowly started ebbing from the world’s consciousness, but the girls are still very missing. We believe that we must keep up the pressure on the powers that be to #BringBackOurGirlsNow. Later today, we will post our final pictures from the Bahamas to keep the Chibok girls at the forefront of our minds. We need them home now.

 

 

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Bambo Akani is the Founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC). He is an avid sports writer and photo-blogger, and has quickly become an internationally recognized Athletics Expert. He appeared in a new weekly Athletics segment on the Sports Tonight Show on Channels TV during the 2014 Athletics season and has also appeared on Jamaican Television and Radio to discuss the MoC "The History" Film that he Produced and Directed, and to review and analyse key events in world athletics.Bambo holds an MEng and BA in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in the US.

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