Budapest 2023


Dear Tobi Amusan,

As I watched you give your all in that race, your determination and tenacity shone brighter than ever. Despite the challenges that tried to break you mentally, physically, and emotionally, you stood strong like a tree planted by the river, as described in Jeremiah 17:7-8. Your journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the unwavering spirit of a true champion.

Over the past month, you faced setbacks and hurdles, but you didn’t let them deter you. You made it to the final against all odds, and your presence on that track was a remarkable feat in itself. The fire of your determination blazed in your eyes when you confidently told the journalist that you’ll be back next year, even stronger and more resolute.

Your journey has not only inspired millions of Nigerians but also people all around the world. Your example is a beacon of hope for young women everywhere. Through your actions, you’ve shown them that no matter the challenges they face, they can aspire and never give up. You’ve illuminated the path for others to follow, demonstrating that obstacles are no match for a determined heart.

To every young woman out there, remember this: in moments when those around you can’t handle your light or comprehend the grace you carry, share the story of Tobi Amusan. When circumstances conspire to push you out of your comfort zone, remind them that if Tobi could rise above it, so can you. When people judge your capabilities based on where you’re from, let them know that purpose knows no boundaries—it only understands grace.

Tobi Amusan

And when anyone doubts your integrity or the potential for greatness within you, introduce them to Tobi’s unwavering integrity even in the face of scrutiny. When your dreams are belittled as unrealistic, point them to this black woman who silenced her doubters time and again.

Tobi Amusan, you embody the essence of doggedness and determination. You wear the face of a true champion—the face of our champion. As you stand tall, you remind us all that every setback is an opportunity for a comeback, and every challenge is a chance to shine brighter.