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Tobi Amusan wins EKOFM 2022 Person of the Year Award

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The General Manager of Radio Lagos/EKOFM, Olajide Lawal, has advised Nigeria’s ace female athlete, Tobi Amusan, who won the 2022 EKOFM Person of the year award, not to rest on her oars but continue working hard.

Lawal, who made this statement today (THursday) while presenting  the award to Amusan’s manager, Lanre Vigo, in his office, said the award would serve as a motivation for the athlete to continue making brilliant performances in international athletic competitions.

While stressing that the reward for hard work is more work, the station’s General Manager, said the athlete should be proud of being associated with President, Ousegun Obasanjo, former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, late Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi, who were  past winners of the award.

Amusan’s  manager, Lanre Vigo, said the athlete, who thanked the station’s management for the award, was delighted to be nominated as the winner of EKOFM Person of the year award, adding that Amusan had promised to make the country proud by repeating similar feat in 2023 athletic championships.

To win the award, Amusan, had eighty-nine votes ahead of Ejiro Otarigho, a tanker driver, who drove a burning fuel tanker away from residential area at Agbarho,in  Delta State,  in order to save lives of residents and Daniel Amah, a Policeman, who rejected the sum of two hundred thousand dollars bribe from armed robbery suspects in Kano State.

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The annual event, which is being organized by the Current Affairs Directorate of Radio Lagos/EKOFM, is part of the Directorate’s efforts in recognizing and appreciating Nigerians who engage in a unique and worthy activity to a community, society or the country at large.

Amusan, an indigene of Ogun State, became the first ever Nigerian world champion and world record holder, in an athletic event, as she won the 2022 World Championships, One hundred meters hurdles gold medal,  thus, setting the current world record of 12.12 seconds in the semi final, followed up by a wind-assisted 12.06 seconds in the final.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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