Tobi Amusan shines at homecoming dinner

Tobi Amusan homecoming party

Tobi Amusan has continued to make the headlines months after becoming the first Nigerian to set a world record and win gold at the World Athletic Championship.

The star athlete was on Wednesday, September 21 treated to a befitting homecoming dinner in Lagos by her management team, Plug Sports.

The well-attended dinner, which took place in Victoria Island, Lagos had in attendance guests from the entertainment industry, political figures, socialites and reporters alike.

The dignitaries include hip-hop singer, Naeto C, Obi Asika, Adesola Adesugba, Bukola Olopadenilayo, FK Abudu and a host of others.

Flutterwave, which signed a multi-year partnership with Amusan, also made an appearance.

“It’s very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.” a representative of the company told reporters.

Amusan’s World Record of 12.12s (0.9) set at the World Championships was on Tuesday ratified by the World Athletics.

The current record held by Amusan was an improvement on the 12.20s, set by USA’s Kendra Harrison in London in 2016 and followed that with a wind-assisted 12.06 (2.5m/s) to dominate the final.

Speaking with reporters at the Lagos event, Amusan, who was elated with the reception and enthusiasm shown by the guests seeing her in their midst, said the ratification of her record by the World Athletics was a breath of fresh air, as she knew she already bagged the record but was happy to know that the milestone was now cast in stone.

“It’s a breath of fresh air for me and I’m still getting a hang of everything happening to me right now. My 200 million soldiers across Nigeria supported me through the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Diamond League, I trust them.

“As an athlete, I eat everything that I can, especially things that can give me energy,” Amusan said.

The Ijebu-Ode-born hurdler also spoke on the national honour which President Muhammadu Buhari gave to her and the other medalists.

Amusan said, “It’s a great feeling to be recognised by the president. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they realised that we did the nation proud and it was a great feeling getting that title.”