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Friday, 21 October 2016

Photos: Nigeria’s Fastest Man, Seye Ogunlewe Signs Deal With Temple Management Company

Nigeria’s king of tracks and fields, Seye Ogunlewe will now be represented by Temple Management Company after signing a new deal with leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company.

Ogunlewe has now joined brilliant 11 year-old Tennis player, Marylove Edwards on the same management team.

At the brief signing ceremony which took place at the Victoria Island corporate office, the sprints champion expressed satisfaction with the competences of the organization to take his game to the next level.

Seye said, “I am delighted to have Temple Management Company on board. It was a bit of a long process but I am happy and convinced to say I have joined the best team. This is the beginning of a journey that I am extremely excited about.

According to him, with the new relationship, he will be able to achieve his goals of a
competing at the World Championships. “I am looking forward to the future with my new Family as they transform talent management in Nigeria,” Seye added.

According to Koye Sowemimo, Head Of Sports, Temple Management Company, the new signee has again reaffirmed the company’s leadership capacity in talent representation in Nigeria across the spectrum of sports, entertainment, arts and media.

Temple Management Company which was founded by serial investor, Idris Olorunnimbe began operations in March and has asserted itself on the creative space. Aside sports, it also represents talents across the creative space including Nigeria’s biggest record label Mavin Records, renowned disc jockey DJ Jimmy Jatt, award-winning visual artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor, media personality Bunmi Davies, artist/jeweller Mode Aderinokun and award-winning Nigerian broadcast media, Funmi Iyanda.

About Seye Ogunlewe

Seye Ogunlewe (born August 30, 1991) is a Nigerian track and field sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. He was a finalist in the 100 m and 4 × 100 m at the 2015 All-Africa Games. He won the 100 m at the Nigerian Championships in 2015 and 2016.

He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, the last child of Adeseye and Kemi Ogunlewe. He attended Atlantic Hall School, Epe. He initially started out playing football but was advised to sprint by his teacher. He moved to Ireland in 2008 and won the Irish Schools Championships in 2009 and 2010. Ireland and Nigeria were in a race to get him to represent them at the World Junior Championships in 2010. He however eventually missed the championships. He is a Law and Politics graduate of the University of Essex.

He placed second in the 60 m at the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Indoor championships in 2011 behind Sven Knipphals. He remained the second-place finisher in 2012 and 2013 but eventually won the title in 2014. He was also the 2013 BUCS champion in the 100 m. In 2014, he was not successful in defending his title as he placed second behind Adam Gemili.

Ogunlewe represented his country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, running in the 200m. He finished 4th in his heat and did not progress to the semifinals. He ran the anchor leg for Nigeria in the 4 × 100 m final at the 2015 Brazzaville African Games. The team finished second but were eventually disqualified for a faulty baton change. He also reached the final in the individual 100m.
At the 2016 Nigerian Championships, he successfully defended his national title. He won the 100 m in a personal best of 10.12 s ahead of Divine Oduduru and Ogho-oghene Egwero, and thereby qualified for the Rio Olympic Games.  After the championships, he used social media to lament the insufficient support of athletes by Nigerian organisations.

Career highlights:

1) British University 100m Champion 2014
2) 2 time British University Indoor silver medalist  2011/2012
3)British University Indoor 60m champion 2014
4) Irish Indoor Champion 60m 2012
5)Irish schools 100m champion 2009/2010

1) African 4x100m silver medalist Benin 2012
2) African 4x100m gold medalist Morocco 2014
3) African games 100m finalist Congo 2015
4) Commonwealth Games 200m first round 
5) 4th place Scotland 2014.
6) Nigerian 100m silver medalist 2013
7) Nigerian 100m champion 2015/2016
8) Olympic 100m heats 4th place.
9) Top 10 in Africa (6th)

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