- A Nigerian teenager, Ugo Ugochukwu, has been signed by Formula 1 team, McLaren, after his win in FIA carting competition
- With the deal, the teenager will be getting massive support from the team throughout his racing in the junior category of motorsport
- The Nigerian government also recognised his win as Ugochukwu thanked McLaren for believing in him so much
Nigerians keep doing big things abroad. A 13-year-old Nigerian racer, Ugo Ugohchukwu, has joined that pool with his latest deal with McLaren Racing team.
The young Nigerian recently won FIA European karting championship. With his latest contract, McLaren will be supporting him as he scaled through the junior categories of the sport.
SABC News reports that the CEO of McLaren said:
Nigerian man who wrote WAEC 10 times celebrates himself, says he has now travelled 3 continents on scholarship
“We’ve been watching Ugo’s progress with interest, so when the opportunity to sign an agreement with him became available, we had no hesitation moving on it."
His mother, Oluchi Onweagba, took to her Instagram page after the positive news to appreciate God for the blessing.
See her post below:
Hours after, the federal government through the head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa congratulated the teenager for making the country proud as she said that the boy is the first Nigerian to get such honour in motorsport.
Many Nigerians have since commented on the boy's success. While many harped on the need for a good environment to make stars in the country shine, others simply took pride in Ugochukwu's success.
Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions below:
"If he grew up in Nigeria, he would be wasting somewhere and not reach full his potentials. This is enough proof that every Nigerian that wants a good future for yourself and family should Vamooz."
After spending years abroad, young Nigerian man comes back home with just 1 machine to begin block business
"Amazing! It can only be the hand of God."
"Congratulations to him and to Nigeria."
"That's nice to hear, Nigerian are hardworking people."
"Lol! Govt won't provide the basic amenities for you to develop your skills but be quick to come out & claim you when you make it without their assistance..."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Faith Odunsi, 15, made Nigeria proud as she emerged the winner of the Global Open Mathematics Tournament, an international competition with participants from Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia.
Faith, an SS3 student from Ijebu in Ogun state shared her experience winning the global competition.
Joseph Omotayo writes for the human interest desk at Legit.ng. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Literature in English. He loves basketball and books. He tweets @omotayome.