August 2, 2014 – The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan is now set to secure scholarship for the 18 year old Esse Brume who won a gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Chike Ogea who made the revelation said the scholarship will be secured for her in a university in the United States to enable her advance her sporting career.
“Brume is the next best thing to happen to athletics and having been taken under the tutelage of the Delta Sports Commission as a staff, she will continue to get maximum support and guidance. I am confident that with the continued support of Dr. Uduaghan, she will soon become a global household name”, Ogeah, said.
According to the commissioner, the Delta State Sports Commission under professional management has become a home for grooming of young talents that will dominate the global stage.
Just like Okagbare, she is also the product of the vision of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who equally invested in her latent talent after she was discovered during the Delta State-sponsored Awoture Eleyae Athletics Championship in September 2013 in Sapele.
Brume picked up the gold medal in long jump when wrong timing forced Blessing Okagbare to withdraw from the event where she was the overwhelming favourite.
In winning the 200 metres, Okagbare became only the 11th person and the first African to win the sprint double in a single Commonwealth Games in either men and women events.
The Delta State-born star athlete has emerged the most outstanding female athlete of the games with her sterling performance in a field of world class sprinters.
Earlier, Okagbare had won the 100 metres event, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process. Okagbare still has the opportunity to win a third gold medal when the sprint relays commence.
From her humble beginning, Dr. Uduaghan had single handedly taken up her sponsorship which climaxed with the approval of a three-year training grant of $360,000 to the Delta-born Africa’s fastest woman amongt other incentives to enable her succeed.
The governor was part of the over 80,000 spectators that witnessed the 100 metres final where Okagbare dusted a star-studded cast of sprinters. The support for Okagbare comes under the administration’s three-point agenda of which human capital development is a critical arm.
Okagbare won the long jump silver and 200 metres bronze medal at the 2013 world athletics championships.