Born on the 6th of December 1995, in the hearts of Delta state, Nigeria, Tega spent his early childhood in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria where he attended Noble crest nursery and primary school. His love and passion for the track and field games were astounding even at his tender age, he would compete with peers in school and even at his local community.
Tega has shown leadership abilities even at his tender youthful age where he bagged the senior prefect position in his local secondary school, leading 29 other prefects to maintain orderliness in the school and serving as a role model for the other students. He also obtained his first school leaving certificate and his WAEC certificate in federal government college, Warri, Delta state.
In 2009, Tega was accepted into the University of Benin to study business administration where he graduated in 2013. His love and passion for athletics even waxed stronger when he became the assistant team captain of the University of Benin athletic club. upon his graduation, he also played some leadership role as expected.
Tega has always loved to play sports and get involved in athletics even in from his primary school. Despite all the discouragement from family and friends at school when he spent so much time in the field and countless hours training for what he loved to do. His career as an athlete kicked off in the early months of 2012 where he was part of the athletes that partook in the All Nigeria South-South Games held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from June 4-6, 2012. Tega stole the show when he was awarded two gold medals and one silver medal for 200M, 4x400M, and 4x100M race respectively.
In that same year, Tega was awarded another gold medal in the 18th Nigeria National Sports Festival (tagged “Eko Games”) which was held in Lagos State, Nigeria from November 27th to December 9th 2012.
He has also won some international awards in various categories of running. Tega shows outstanding leadership abilities with his team mates, family and even friends. When asked what keeps him going? Tega would say it’s the “love and passion” for what he does that keeps him going.
At the 24th Nigeria Universities Games (NUGA) held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria from February 2014, he stole the event with three gold medal awards for 200 meter, 4x400M in two places.
At twenty, Odele Tega has showed unique characters in various position and works of life, he has proven to be an outstanding individual who not only following his academic pursuit also followed his heart to do the thing he loves to do, balancing the two to fit right to the needs and expectation of family and friends.
Odele’s expectation in the nearest future is to hold the record for 200 meters and 100 meters at the Olympics within the next eight years.
WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL ISAAC(Speakpreneur Content)