Star Parade – Arizona

Stars Parade in Arizona for Nigerian sports

November 22, 2006

Press Article by Chris Okojie, our pioneer Sports Editor, now in Arizona

The Nigeria International Athletes Association is a conglomeration of Nigerian superstars, not dimming, based in the United States of America, all seemingly suffering from a hallucination of nostalgia.

They had come together for a Stewardship and to celebrate past glories, very intent of remembering the glorious days at the National Stadium tracks where they wowed and dazzled Nigerians in track and field. This night in Phoenix, Arizona gaily dressed men and women, some wearing outlandish and colorful Nigerian outfits, the stars of yesteryears shone brightly at the Marriot Hotel in the downtown city of Mesa.

The name Modupe Oshikoya is etched in the annals of sports in Nigeria, not only for her strides in the hurdles event, also her dashes in the sprints as well as the Long Jump. Oshikoya currently resides in California and is a member of this organization.

Chidi Imoh is a member, so is Mary Onyali Omagbemi both finalists in an Olympic 100 event. Mary actually won herself and Nigeria a bronze medal at the Womens 100 dash at the Atlanta Olympics. Before then, she was in the quartet that won bronze in 4×100 relay at the Barcelona Games and their celebration was so unique that IAAF and IOC still use the clip for their promotion campaigns. The message is that not only gold winners are champions. Their bronze celebration was golden. Onyali flew in from Houston, Texas.

There is Ajayi Agbebaku, Paul Emordi, Hope Ezeigbo, the Ezinwa twins of Osmond and Dave, Omotayo Akinremi, Mercy Nku, Peter Okodogbe, Moses Ugbusien who lives only two hours drive away in Tucson, Christian Okoye who is a story on himself. Christian flung the shot in Nigeria, came to America and imprinted Nigeria in the minds of all by what he did in American football. As the Kansas City Chiefs running back, Christian left many Americans with their mouths open with