Blessing Samuel, The Nigerian Sensational Sprinter Leaving Her Dreams In Ghana

Blessing Samuel, The Nigerian Sensational Sprinter Living Her Dreams In Ghana

Early Life

Blessing Samuel is an upcoming female track and field athlete. She is specialising in sprint events. She was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. But she currently resides in Ghana and has spent almost half of her entire life in Ghana.

“People hardly know that am not a Ghanaian, because I tend to adapt and learn things from Ghana which is quite amazing. I was born in the year 2002, in the month of November, which automatically means that I’m a Scorpio when it comes to the Zodiac sign. One word to best describe me is ZEAL” disclosed Blessing.

According to her, sports have been part of her from birth, because her family has a rich history of sports. Blessing didn’t choose to do sports but the sports rather chose her because is a family totem.

Blessing said, “Sports has always been part of me since I was born, my parents were all into sports so I believe it was never something new to me. Athletics, I would say, is where I’m specialising and the joy and happiness I get from it is something else”.

The Athletics Journey

She continued to recall her days in Nigeria where it all commenced as a kid. Sometimes being an athlete is not a misfortune as the outside people would always see it. The natural phenomena in sports are traced back to the early life stage of creation. Sports is not limited to only a group of activities but is unlimited and each and every day new sporting activities are enrolled.

“It all started back in Nigeria. When I was six years old, every Friday, when it was time for our Physical Education (PE) lesson which includes doing a little bit of stretching and running. But then I noticed something changed, and since the first day, I had always wanted us to go out and repeat the same Physical Education activities. Then, I found the love in running and it has been part and parcel of me till this very day”, she added.

Athletics Career

She had her first competition back in Nigeria at the Port Harcourt Sports Stadium in Port Harcourt. Blessing never disappointed her coach and parents at her first major championship. She won a silver medal in the women’s 4 × 100m relays. The joy was overwhelming and during that time she was just eight (8) years old. Her parents were very proud of her and motivated her to bring home more medals.

Blessing’s journey to Ghana, a tiny West Africa country with a populace of about 30.8 million from the official results of the Ghana Population and Housing Census.

“Coming to Ghana wasn’t any excuse for me to stop doing what I do best. Then my Alma Mater (T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School) spotted my talent and offered me a scholarship to school and to continue with my sporting career. There, I took part in the 100m, 200m, Long jump, triple jump, hurdles, and all the relays, quite a lot right? Yes, and in all, I gave my best, won medals as well as many certificates the come with it”, said Blessing.

T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School is amongst the best leading second cycle institutions when it comes to sports. They are second to none and the pioneers in sporting activities in Ghana. The school has produced a lot of great national athletes since the establishment of the school and still continues.

Blessing Samuel is currently a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi, Ashanti Region. She is offering BA in Communication Design and as well pursuing her dreams in athletics.

Blessing is now specialising in 100 metres, 200 metres, and in addition, is the Long Jump at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST).

Blessing again said that she aspires to become an Olympian in the future. She has also set her eyes on the world record. According to her, she has to break and set a new record in any of her specialties before her sports achievement will be accomplished.

Her source of motivation comes from her family and her role model, the Jamaican Olympic multiple medalist, Elaine Thompson-Herah.

By: Awal Sule Mohammed

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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