Emmanuel Ojeli

  • Name: Emmanuel Ojeli
  • Secondary School: Psagba Secondary School
  • Current University: TBD
  • Course & Year: TBD
  • Coached By: Deji Aliu
  • Personal Bests: 400m (45.91s)
  • Sponsors: Shell (SNEPCo)
  • IAAF Profile: Emmanuel Ojeli, Ifeanyi Ojeli

Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ojeli is a man of many talents and is one to always run his heart out be it in the 100m, 200m or 400m! Born on 10 October 1998 in Asaba, Delta State, Ojeli has since metamorphosed into Nigeria’s No.1 quartermiler, a far cry from his humble beginnings back in the day when he used to trek to and from the stadium after training.

Ojeli was discovered at the 2016 Top Sprinter competition where he won the Boys 400m title. A year later, he won the 400m at the 2017 National Youth Games (NYG) while representing Delta State. Seeing a glimpse of all he could become, MoC moved in and snapped up Ojeli, relocating him to the Lagos Track Club to train with Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu, whilst also furthering his education.

In 2018, Ojeli was in action at the MoC Grand Prix in Lagos where he won the men’s 400m Final A, beating more established athletes in the process. Later that year, Ojeli went on to represent Team Lagos at the National Sports Festival in Abuja where he blazed to a new PB of 46.98s to finish 2nd in the semis, before going on to claim Bronze for the state in the final.
2019 was a breakout year for Ojeli! He made his first appearance at the Gaborone International Meet in Botswana where he raced in the B Final of the men’s 400m, chalking off more than a second from his previous PB and clocking a new one of 45.91s, the fastest time by a Nigerian quartermiler home or abroad at the time!

This earned him the 2019 African Games qualification in Morocco. At the National Championships held in Kaduna in July, Ojeli maintained his unbeaten run to claim his first national title! 2019 was also the season Ojeli represented the country for the first time as a member of Nigeria’s 4x400m GOLD-winning quartet at the 2019 Cameroon Grand Prix. His second appearance for Nigeria was at the African Games in Rabat.

Ojeli started on a good note, finishing a close 2nd in his heat, then placing 2nd in his semifinal race as well. He finished 6th in the final but went on to partner with Shedrack Akpeki, Samson Nathaniel and Chidi Okezie to win a Bronze medal in the 4x400m – his first international medal, to end his season on a high.

Ojeli has set his sights on representing Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics and is looking forward to qualifying for the event!

Note: 2 decimal places signify Electronic timing, 1 decimal place signifies Hand-timing

400 metres
YearDatePerformanceWind (m/s)PositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 2nd47.74s3rdFinalAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Nov 25th47.90s3rdFinalAFN All-ComersAbuja
Nov 24th48.22s3rdHeatsAFN All-ComersAbuja
Sept 13th48.23s1stFinalNational Youth GamesIlorin
Sept 12th48.89s1stHeatsNational Youth GamesIlorin
2016Sept 30th51.78s1stFinalTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
Sept 12th52.59s1stHeatsTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos

200 metres
YearDatePerformanceWind (m/s)PositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 1st21.21s3.91stHeatsAFN Golden LeagueKaduna

4X100 metres
YearDatePerformanceWind (m/s)PositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 2nd41.33s1stFinalAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Nov 25th41.98s1stFinal BAFN All-ComersAbuja


  • National Sports Festival 400m Bronze Medallist
  • 2017

  • National Youth Games 400m Champion
  • 2016

  • Top Sprinter 400m Youth Champion

2018 National Sports Festival

Chidi Okezie wins heat 5 of men’s 400m at the 19th National Sports Festival

Orukpe Erayokan wins heat 2 of the men’s 400m semis at the 19th National Sports Festival

Orukpe Erayokan wins men’s 400m final at the 19th National Sports Festival

An excited Emmanuel Ojeli talks about his performance at the 2018 NSF

2018 AFN Golden League Ozoro

Emmanuel Ojeli wins Men’s 400m Heat 3 at AFN Golden League Ozoro

Daniel Atinaya wins men’s 400m final at AFN Golden League Ozoro

2018 MoC Grand Prix

Emmanuel Ojeli wins men’s 400m final A at 1st MoC Grand Prix & Relays 2018

2018 Commonwealth Games Trials Abuja


Isah Salihu wins mens 400m Heat 3 at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials

Orukpe Erayokan wins Heat 1 of men’s 400m semis at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials

2018 Port Harcourt Golden League

Ogho-Oghene Egwero wins the men’s 200m Heat 7 at the Port Harcourt Golden League

Emmanuel Bamidele wins men’s 400m at the Port Harcourt Golden League

Emmanuel Ojeli after competing in the men’s 400m final at the Port Harcourt Golden League


MoC’s Emmanuel Ojeli after winning Men’s 200m heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

Team MoC 4x100m Men Speaks after the race at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

MoC’s Emmanuel Ojeli wins Men’s 200m heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

Team MoC wins Men’s 4x100m at the AFN Golden league Kaduna

2017 AFN All Comers Abuja

MoC’s Emmanuel Ojeli afterMen’s 400m final at All Comers Abuja

Emmanuel Bamidele wins heat 3 of men’s 400m at All Comers Abuja

Emmanuel Bamidele wins Men’s 400m final at All Comers Abuja

Team Moc wins 4x100m at All Comers Abuja

2017 National Youth Games

Ifeanyi Ojeli wins Gold in the Boy’s 400m at National Youth Games Ilorin

Ojeli Ifeanyi Okon won the Boys’ 400m Heat 2 at 2017 National Youth Games Ilorin

2016 Top Sprinter Athletics Championships

Top Sprinter 2016 400m Youth Boys Final