Meet Nadia Eke; The Nigerian Athlete Who Ditched Nigeria To Represent Ghana At Tokyo Olympics
One of Ghana’s athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Nadia Eke, is actually a Nigerian who ditched Nigeria for Ghana.
She will be competing in the triple jump event at the Olympics. Many people have been wondering why she ditched Nigeria over Ghana, however, bear in mind, she was born to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother.
On her reason why she chose Ghana over Nigeria, she indicated that Ghana makes her feel very original.
She graduated from the prestigious Columbia University and, in an interview with the BBC, she said;
“I chose to compete for Ghana in 2014 because being Ghanaian is my blood. It’s authentically who I am and so for me to be selected as the flagbearer was a testament to all of the things that I’ve been through, everything thing that I stand for at that moment, to be that person that is representing Ghana.
I am Nigerian and I’m Ghanaian and so if anyone has the best answer is me. “My mother is Ghanaian and my father is Nigerian. I asked my father this myself. ‘I said which country has the best jollof? And he said; “I ended up marrying a Ghanaian woman. So it goes without saying Ghanaian jollof.”
Who has the best jollof 🇬🇭 or 🇳🇬 ?
Choosing to represent 🇬🇭.
Her favourite @shattawalegh tune to dance to.
We caught up with triple jumper Nadia Eke on the first day of athletics @Tokyo2020.#tokyo2020 #teamghana #ghana #athletics pic.twitter.com/onNdSswAtY
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) July 30, 2021