Seraph Adenike Olarinoye, who won Nigeria’s first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and set a new record of 203kg in her weight class, received recognition from President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house in Abuja. She speaks on her career in this interview with BRIDGET MUSTAPHA
May we meet you?
My name is Olarinoye Adijat Adenike and I am a member of Lagos Fountain of Freedom C&S Church ( Itedo Ominira).
How would you describe your journey at the Commonwealth Games?
It was a glorious one; there were a lot of challenges which God helped me to overcome.
Weightlifting is a sport I really love so much.
Can you lead us into your background as a Seraph?
I do not have a seraphim background. I am the first in my family to attend the C&S but now other members of my family have joined me.
How did you feel winning the first gold medal for Nigeria?
Winning the first gold medal was a great honour and a great day for me and my fellow Nigerians.
How long have you been into weightlifting?
I started weightlifting when I was young.
Do you see weightlifting as a career for you?
Yes, I see weightlifting (sports) as a career.
How do you combine weightlifting, your social life and serving God?
My career has never stopped me from serving God, and it doesn’t have much effect on my social life either.
What is your favourite C&S hymn?
C&S hymn 167: Edumare Jah Jehovah.
What would you advise young C&S members aspiring to go into weightlifting?
I would advise every youth out there to chase their dreams. No matter what the situation might look like, there is always light at the end of every tunnel.
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