Simidele Adeagbo

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From Africa's 1st Lady of Skeleton to the first class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA [July 11, 2018] –Trailblazing Olympian Simidele Adeagbo is creating the future in Africa, announcing her selection for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program


Simidele Adeagbo

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Simidele Adeagbo is paving the way for future generations, focused on empowering women and leveraging sports as a game changer for societal transformation. As a trailblazing Olympian, visionary business leader and sport and social justice advocate, she harnesses the power of sport as a unifying and transformative force to inspire youth, build communities, and create social change. Adeagbo blazed an unconventional path of service through sport, making Olympic history at the 2018 Winter Olympics by becoming the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and Black woman to compete in the sport of Skeleton at the Winter Olympics. With a strong track record of leadership at one of the world's most recognizable brands (Nike Inc.), Adeagbo aims to unleash the potential of Africa's youth through elevating powerful female athlete stories and breaking the barriers of traditional, societal and cultural norms that limit access to sports for women. As a sport and social justice advocate, Adeagbo is recognized as a female athlete defying convention and for her involvement in game changing community networks and non-profit organizations that uplift women and youth.