In the race for the African 2019 Africa Sports Woman of the year award, Nigerian long jump winner and African Champion Ese Brume will have to outclass a number of prominent African champions with no exception of South Africa’s middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya.
At the just-concluded African Games in Morocco, Brume secured one Commonwealth Games title and four senior African titles.
She is the only Nigerian athlete nominated for the 2019 Annual STARQT Awards, which is scheduled to hold on October 26 at Edenvale City Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Brume was nominated in four categories namely; Sportsman of the year, Sports woman of the year, FAN of the year and Coach of the year.
In the Sports Woman of the year category, Brume was nominated alongside South African middle-distance runner, Semenya, Linda Motlhalo (South African footballer who plays for Beijing BG Phoenix in the Chinese Women’s Super League), Peace Proscovia (Ugandan athlete who plays netball for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian Super Netball league), Rose Kugonza (sports administrator in Uganda), Patricia Apolot (reigning Ugandan female kickboxing champion), Stella Nanfuka (Netball player in Uganda) and Saphina Sekatuuka.
Speculations from athletic fans are that Semenya, who is currently involved in a legal fight with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the use of medication to significantly reduce her testosterone, will be a huge challenge to Brume in taking home the award of sportswomen of the year.
Brume who hails from Delta State Nigeria is also a Tourism and Hospitality Management student, currently on a scholarship with Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus.
She will be having a podium performance in the coming IAAF World Championship in Doha and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.