In a clime where forgetting the labour of our heroes have become a norm, which shouldn’t be the case, the upcoming generation may not know or heard the sacrifices this soft-spoken overachieving wife, mother, grandmother and seasoned health practitioner has been able to achieve for her country, Nigeria.
Asele Disep Woy a native of Abua Odual Local Government of Rivers State is a heroine in her own right, after being the first, and only female from Rivers State to represent Nigeria in the Olympics.
She was born on the 3rd of January, 1959 in Emoh, Okpeden clan in Abua Odual, where her talent in sports and sprinting was discovered early.
Standing at 175cm, 5’8.5″, her Olympic sojourn began in 1976, in the games which was held in Canada, but due to apartheid, all the representatives from Africa were sent back to their respective countries and therefore, were not allowed participate.
Her first official appearance in the Olympics was in the 1980 summer Olympics which was held in Moscow Russia.
She represented Team Nigeria in the 4 x 400m women relay, although no medal was won, they broke the Nigerian existing record for that event.
Her quest for knowledge and greener pastures took her to the United States of America,where she has lived for 35 years, now a mother of 4 kids, One boy and three girls and one grandson. She retired as a healthcare professional.
Happy birthday to a true Nigerian living legend! Truly, the labour of our heroes past such as Asele, really shouldn’t be in vain.
We shouldn’t wait till it’s too late to celebrate and remember the sacrifices they have made to positively fly the Nigerian flag.