Who is Divine Oduduru?
Divine Oduduru is a Nigerian sprinter and a five-time African Junior champion. He is known for his strength in the 100m and 200m races, having set and broken different sprint records since he joined the sports world in 2013.
Oduduru is also famous for his Warri accent and the funny responses he gave during his interviews at the early stage of his career, particularly at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics where he appeared to have said “I never experred it” while responding to one of the questions from the interviewer.
Divine Oduduru’s childhood and education
Divine Oduduru’s full name is Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru. He was born on October 7, 1996, as the youngest of ten children in Ughelli, Delta state. His parents are Mr Elijah Oduduru (father) and Mrs Christiana Oduduru (mother). Divine Oduduru is 25 years old as of 2021.
According to reports, Divine Oduduru was born into a poor family where it was a struggle to survive. This inspired Oduduru’s desire to be a great athlete. According to him, he had always told his mother that he will not study in a Nigerian school. His dream eventually became a reality after he was offered a scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to study at Texas Tech University.
Divine Oduduru lost one of his older brothers in 2015. Two years after, in 2017, his father also passed.
Divine Oduduru’s wiki profile
|Full name||Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru|
|State of origin||Delta State|
|Date of birth||October 7 1996|
|Alma matter||Texas Tech University|
|Height||5″ 7 inches|
Divine Oduduru’s career
According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Divine Oduduru was discovered locally during the Dr D.K Olukoya Championships before he became an international sensation. He made his international debut at the age of 16 in 2011 at the African under-18 Youth Championships, earning a gold medal in both the 100m and 200m race events.
He won the 200m race at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics and he became a sensation in the media due to his funny responses during his interviews, such as when he said “I never experred it” and “deadly days”. He represented Nigeria as a senior athlete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the African Championship in Athletics in the same year.
He went on to win the 200m silver medal at the 2015 African Games and came second to Usain Bolt in the 2016 Olympic Games as he was just 0.06 seconds behind the world-class sprinter. He was later awarded the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholarship which got him into Texas Tech University.
Divine Oduduru concentrated on Collegiate Championship in 2019 and made his debut on the 2019 IAFF Diamond League Circuit at the 2019 Herculis meet but he finished last place. He later became the second fastest African athlete that same year and would, later on, quit the scholarship to pursue a professional sports career.
As of July 2022, Divine Oduduru is a three-time All African Games silver medalist, a one-time World Junior Championships silver medalist, a five-time African Junior Champion, and a four-time NCAA champion in American Collegiate competition running for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He is also currently sponsored by Puma.
Where is Divine Oduduru right now?
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Divine Oduduru has been noticeably absent from the athletics scene since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There are reports that he has isolated himself to personal training in his hometown in Delta State and has not participated in any recent national or international event.
He was not even part of the Nigerian team that arrived in Mauritius for the 2022 African Athletic Championships. According to some reports, Divine Oduduru was disqualified for a false start in the 100m race in Tokyo. According to speculation, his sudden disappearance from active sports happened after he was allegedly prevented by Mary Onyali, the Special Assistant to the Sports Minister, from joining the party organized for the Nigerian team in the US by the Nigerian ambassador to Japan because he was wearing a Puma kit instead of the dress code recommended by the sports ministry.
According to some other reports, Divine Oduduru abandoned his trip to the US and headed to Nigeria after the Tokyo Olympics because he learnt that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched Blessing Okagbare’s phone, a fellow sprinter, when she arrived in the US due to the drug allegations against her.
Divine Oduduru has stayed completely off the media for nearly two years and no one currently knows his precise whereabouts.
Divine Oduduru’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of writing this report, Divine Oduduru is not officially married and does not have a wife.
Divine Oduduru’s wife
Divine Oduduru is currently unmarried (as of July 2022) and has no wife. Oduduru also does not have a publicly known girlfriend, fiancée, or baby mama. There is no available information suggesting that the world-known sprinter is engaged with anyone. He also seems to be quite secretive about his private life and relationships and rarely shares details of his romantic involvements online.
Divine Oduduru’s children
As of July 2022, Divine Oduduru is not a father and does not yet have kids.
Divine Oduduru’s net worth
As of 2021, Divine Oduduru’s net worth is estimated at $850,000.