– Efe Obada, a Nigerian sportsman, will be smiling to the bank with the US$575,000 (KSh 59,640,000) deal he just signed with Panthers
– The Nigerian had a rough childhood as he was abandoned on London streets at the tender age of 10 after he was trafficked from the Netherlands
– Obada’s fortune changed when his friend introduced him to football, asking him to come for practice with London Warriors
A Nigerian, Efe Obada, has joined one of the world’s top earners in sports as he will be making a whopping sum of KSh 59,000,000 playing for the Carolina Panthers.
According to CNBC, the footballer was first introduced to the sport in the United Kingdom, an encounter that would later change his life in a way he never imagined.
The story of Obada gets more touching when one finds out that he was trafficked from the Netherlands to the UK and abandoned on London streets at the tender age of 10.
That oddity surrounding his childhood got him into foster care as he went from one home to another. He only started American football in his early 20s.
At the age of 22, as he tried making ends meet working as a security guard, his friend invited him for practice with the British-American football team, the London Warriors. That was the point in time his life took a sweet turn.
Obada impressed with his agility, speed, and physique. The team’s coach recommended him to his former team, Dallas Cowboys, and asked if they could give him a trial.
In 2015, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.
From Dallas, he went on to play for Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons before he ended up with the Carolina Panthers in 2017.
After years of playing at the margin, the Nigerian sportsman got his first NFL game as a Carolina Panther and used the opportunity to shoot himself into the public glare as he played defensive and interception during the first game.
On noticing his marvelous performance, the head coach, Ron Rivera, gave him the game ball as he went on to become the NFC defensive player of the week.
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