These Nigerian Athletes/Singers Represents Other Countries
Anthony Joshua (Boxer)
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is an English professional boxer. He is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion. At regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.
Francis Obilekwu (Athlete)
Francis Obilekwu is a Nigerian but represents Portugal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won a silver medal for his adopted country.
This sprinter got injured representing Nigeria at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but didnt get any support from the government for his surgery in Canada. However, he went on to represent Portugal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won a silver medal for his adopted country.
Gloria Alonzia (Athlete)
Gloria Alonzia is a Nigerian athlete representing Spain and she won the gold medal at the 2002 European Athletics Championships for Spain
While representing Nigeria she became African champion twice, and she was at a time the African record and Commonwealth record holder at 100 metres hurdles.
On 6 July 2001 she officially became a Spanish citizen and she won the gold medal at the 2002 European Athletics Championships the year after.
Kemi Adekoya (Athlete)
23-year-old Adekoya switched nationalities in 2014, after failing to qualify to represent Nigeria at the 2012 London Olympics. She represented Bahrain in 400m at the Rio Olympics, although she didnt make it to the finals.
Femi Ogunode (Athlete)
Born in 1991, Femi moved to Qatar in 2009, and began competing for the oil-rich nation in 2010. He previously ran for University of Ibadan, and even qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. For unknown reasons, he never actually went on to the event. He represented Qatar in both 100m and 200m races in Rio. Femi is currently Asias fastest man
Marlilyn Okoro (Athlete)
Born to Igbo parents, Okoro is a British track and field athlete. She represented Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as at the IAAF and World Athletic Championships.
Edidion Efonime Odiong (Athlete)
This incredibly fast Nigerian sprinter represents Bahrain, and won the 200m race at the IAAF U-20 Championships, 2016. The 19 year old was also at Rio to represent Bahrain, but unfortunately did not make it to the finals.
Barbara Udoezi Nwaba (Athlete)
Born to Igbo parents in 1987, Barbara ran track for her school: University of California, Santa Barbara. She represented America at the Rio Olympics in Shot put, javelin and 800m.
Helen Folasade Adu CBE known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is a Nigerian-born British singer. Her success in the music industry was recognised in the UK with an award of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2002, and was made Commander in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel known mononomously as Seal, is a British singer. Born to a Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji, and an Afro-Brazilian father, Francis Samuel.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones better known by his stage name Nas is an American rapper. His father, Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III), is a jazz and blues musician from Mississippi. His mother, Fannie Ann (née Little; 19412002) was a U.S. Postal Service worker from North Carolina.
English R&B singer and song-writer, Lemar Obika, was born to Nigerian parents of Enugu State.
Note: These athletes are Nigerians, but winning laurels for their adopted countries.