D’banj hails Tobi Amusan for winning gold at World Athletics

Singer D’banj has congratulated Tobi Amusan on winning gold at the women’s 100m hurdles at World Athletics Championship in Oregon, US.

The 42-year-old in an Instagram post on Thursday posted a video of Amusan’s victory, thanking her for making the nation proud.

D’banj said the world record breaker has become a source of inspiration to millions of people and her reign as queen of the track has begun.

He wrote: “I must greet you specially. Thanks for making a whole nation proud. You are a source of inspiration to millions. Your reign as Nigeria’s queen of the track has begun. Queen of the track field..”

Tobi Amusan has also received praises from other celebrities like Tiwa Savage who chatted with the athlete on a video call, Banky W who congratulated her on Instagram, Kaffy who cried alongside Tobi while reciting the Nigerian national anthem and Kizz Daniel who reposted a video of the 25-year-old dancing to his hit song Buga.

Amusan became the first Nigerian to win gold at the World Athletics Championship when she raced to victory in the women’s 100metres hurdles in 12.06 seconds.

Although the timing was not recognised as a world record because of wind speed, the 12.12 seconds she clocked in the semifinal stands as the new world record.

The 5ft1in athlete shone at inter-house sports and inter-school competitions while attending Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School.

At 16, and just out of secondary school, Amusan won a silver medal at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri.

She also claimed gold in the 100metres hurdles at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Ijebu Ode indigene won the 100metres hurdle and 4x100metres relay gold at the African Championships in Port Louis, Mauritius in June 2022, before her world record-breaking performance at the World Championships in Eugene a month after.

Images of Amusan crying on the championship podium as the Nigeria national anthem played have been shared multiple times across the globe.