US-based Ghanaian athlete, Nadia Chika Eke, has disclosed that sports chose her and she was active from her childhood days.
In exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she revealed that sports became part of her life at a tender age.
She however indicated in the interview that, she only realized three years ago that athletics was going to be her profession.
‘’The funny thing was that I didn’t realize until probably three years ago, not because I didn’t think I was not capable of it. I just never really; let me backtrack… I went to Columbia University in New York City. It is an Ivy League School so the focus is academics and so being in that environment… I realized that there was a space for me as an athlete and there is something I can bring to the table that was completely different and that was what pushed me,’’ she added.
Nadia Eke stated that sports gave her the discipline and the exposure to explore. The profession she said does not pay but she is not doing it for the money or recognition.
When asked if her parents at a point tried to stop her from being an athlete, she said, ‘’the funny thing is that, I am so blessed because I would say that I had the most supportive who provided me the needed support.’’
He urged parents not to limit their wards to only text books but allow them to explore.
Eke, in 2014, won silver medal for Ghana at the African Championships. She was the first to qualify for the 2017 World Championships. However, she is yet to acquire the needed financial support to enable her prepare adequately to participate fully in various international athletic competitions.
Ghana she believes is endowed with talents just like Jamaica but because e we do not invest in these talents, they are unable to perform.
She stressed the need for corporate Ghana and government to invest in sports since it will put the nation on the world map.
Nadia Eke is currently embarking on a project dubbed, ‘’LeaPS (Learn. Play. Succeed)
The project is meant to help Ghanaian student-athletes reach their full potential.
LeaPS is a project, founded by a team of passionate successful student-athletes, focused on helping underprivileged primary school girls (ages 10-14) in Accra, Ghana to reach their full academic and athletic potential. Since many children of the region are deprived of adequate support, this program aims to create an awareness of the incredible opportunities that being a successful student-athlete can bring to a person’s life. LeaPS has partnered with three local schools and US-Africa Children’s Fellowship, in the hopes that this partnership will provide much needed resources for these emerging student- athletes to discover and cultivate their often overlooked and under-appreciated mental and physical talents. This past Christmas we donated over US$10,000 worth of equipment to our local schools in Teshie and Latebiokorshie. Although this is not much, it is the foundation that will not only change the culture of girls in sports but also sports in Ghana. The hope is that this new beginning can lead on a new journey where we nurture and cultivate our own athletes and future leaders.”
About the Athlete
NADIA EKE, a multi-time Ivy League Champion, four-time NCAA All American, and an African Championship Gold Medalist: these are just a few of the incredible results of a childhood grounded in athletics. “Being an athlete was simply the life I have always known, and to be honest, a life I took for granted until recently. Athletics has made a huge difference in my life bringing not only accolades, but also giving me the opportunity to further my education at one of the top universities in the world.
You can read the project in full in the attached file.