Nigeria's fourth quarter mile ancestral home, Sunday Bada, in Odomogun, Ilaere Ogidi, Ijumu, in the local government area of Kogi state, came to life on Sunday when his mother, Mrs. Funmilayo Bada, received N50,000 donors and food such as rice, semovita and drinks from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
The gesture is part of Dare's commitment to helping mothers of fallen stars who have contributed to the development of Nigerian sport.
Ms. Bada thanked the Minister for supporting him, especially on Mother's Day.
She was delighted that the minister considered it appropriate to help her years after her son's passing.
Bada died on December 12, 2011.
He was a member of the 4 × 400 relay team that won a gold medal for Nigeria at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He also won the 400m gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championship (now World Athletics) in Paris, France, in 1997, after winning silver twice (1993 in Toronto, Canada and 1995 in Barcelona, Spain).
Until his death, he was the technical director of the Nigeria Athletics Federation (AFN).
Dare had already extended the same gesture to the mothers of Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji, but Bada's mother is the first beneficiary outside the soccer players' mothers.
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