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AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 07: Divine Oduduru of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates their team win during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Divine Oduduru Named 'Men's Track Athlete of the Year'

The Nigerian track star is unstoppable.

Nigerian-born track star Divine Oduduru is showing no signs of slowing down.

The 22-year-old student athlete who attends Texas Tech University, has been named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He is the co-winner alongside Grant Holloway from the University of Florida.


The news comes after the athlete announced his plans to pursue a professional career last week, which means he won't be completing his senior year at Texas Tech. "It's a tough one," said the athlete of his decision to turn pro. "This is my family. This has been my home. And you deciding to leave your home and go see the world, it's a difficult one, but sometimes it's the choice you have to make. I talked about it and we have a discussion with the coaches and everything, and they were like, 'It's time for you to go.' "

The athlete has certainly earned the title of Men's Track Athlete of the Year, considering all he's accomplished so far in his short career. He became the second fastest African athlete ever, just after Olusoji Fasuba, when he ran the 100m in just 9.86 seconds, and he's already booked for the 2020 Olympics, as Konbini notes.

In May, he broke the 100m record at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, making him the first-ever athlete from the Big 12 Conference to be named Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Major Congrats to Oduduru.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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