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Nigerian Track Star Divine Oduduru Breaks 100m Record at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships

We never experred it!

You may remember Divine Oduduru's epic post-race interview from 2013 that turned into an evergreen meme and phrase—"I never experred it."

Revisit the clip below.

Mixed Zone | Divine Oduduru | Donetsk 2013 youtu.be

Since this viral moment the track star has been putting in work running for Texas Tech University, breaking record after record. His latest earned his school a spot at the top at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships for the fourth time.


Oduduru is the first to run a 100 m race in less than 10 seconds, Konbini reports, finishing at 9.99 seconds at the finals. The second place runner finished moments later at 10.29 seconds. Oduduru's time has beaten Prezel Hardy Jr's time of 10.03 seconds—which has been the record to beat since 2012.

The 22-year-old's time also broke John Garrison's 43-year-old record of 10.04 seconds—also known as the Stadium Record.

This history-making moment has cleared the path towards Tokyo 2020—as Oduduru now qualifies to participate in the Olympics. It's likely that he will run for team USA, though it's been reported that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has been urging the Federation and the Nigerian government to make sure he remains a Nigerian athlete for the Games.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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