Sponsorship of Leading Nigerian Judo Athlete, Enku Ekuta, in preparation for the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games
Accugas, a Savannah Company, is proudly sponsoring 22-year-old Enku Ekuta, Nigeria’s highest-ranked judo athlete, on her journey in the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Enku’s unbelievable dedication, determination and talent coupled with her adherence to the Judo moral code make her a fantastic ambassador for Savannah. Savannah will be providing training and competition support to Enku. The sponsorship is a part of our social impact investment programme and a demonstration of Savannah’s commitment to the development of judo in Nigeria, a sport which is growing in popularity. We hope Enku’s success will encourage even greater interest in judo in Nigeria.
Please join us in following Enku’s progress on her journey to Tokyo 2021 and beyond!
Enku is one of Nigeria and Akwa Ibom’s most gifted athletes. She is the highest ranked Nigerian Judo athlete by the International Judo Federation (ITF) and has been a national champion in her category since 2016. Enku was introduced to Judo early in life by her father, Ewa Ekuta, a trained Judoka and current Technical Director of the Nigerian Judo Federation, and her mother, Catherine Ekuta, who represented Nigeria at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
MILESTONES IN ENKU’S OLYMPIC JOURNEY
5 April 2021: Enku wins “Most Valuable Female Judoka” and gold medal in the National Sports Festival
Enku represented Akwa Ibom State at Nigeria’s National Sports Festival held in Edo State. She went on to win the gold medal in the 63kg Women’s category and was awarded “Most Valuable Female Judoka” of the event.
6 March 2021: Enku participates at the Tashkent Judo Grand Slam
Enku Ekuta participated at the Judo Grand Slam 2021 Tashkent, Uzbekistan in her first competition outside of Africa.
21 December 2020: Enku wins bronze medal at the 41st African Seniors Championships held in Antananarivo, Madagascar
The African Seniors Championships is one of the key judo events on the International Judo Federation (IJF) calendar aimed at enabling eligible judokas to gain points leading to qualification for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Enku was Nigeria’s only representative at the championship and defeated Billet Sandrine of Cape Verde with an ippon to win bronze in the 63kg women on December 18, making her eligible for the qualifying slot at the Tokyo Olympics.
18 November 2020: Enku on Nigerian Channels Television’s morning sports show
After winning gold at the 4th African Judo Open held in Dakar Senega, Enku Ekuta, accompanied by Okwudili Onyia from Savannah’s Nigeria communications team, were guests on the Nigerian Channels Television morning sports show discussing her win. Enku spoke about winning gold at the championship and how Accugas‘ sponsorship is helping her on the journey towards qualification for the Olympic games in 2021.
14 November 2020: Enku wins the Gold medal at the 4th African Judo Open
Enku wins the Gold medal at the 4th African Judo Open held in Dakar Senegal, defeating the 2019 African Games champion, Helene Dombeu of Cameroon. The victory was Enku’s first continental open gold medal and the second time she has defeated 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Dombeu at a continental open. Enku won with an ippon after three minutes of the keenly-contested 63kg Womens’ Final. She qualified for the final after defeating Carolina Delgado of Cape Verde and Anastasiya-Alexander Nenova of South Africa in the preliminary pool. The victory added 100 International Judo Federation world ranking points to Enku’s profile, as she continues to amass points to secure her qualification to represent Nigeria at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
7-8 November 2020: Enku wins the Bronze medal at the Olympic qualifier ‘African Open Judo Competition’
Enku wins the Bronze medal at the Olympic qualifier ‘African Open Judo Competition’, which took place at the Yaoundé Versatile Sports Complex in Cameroon.
7 November 2020
Accugas announces its proud sponsorship of 22-year-old Nigerian judo athlete, Enku Ekuta, in her journey towards qualification and hopeful participation in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.