Omos: WWE Superstar Reveals What It Means Growing Up in Lagos As He Returns After 15 Years

Omos: WWE Superstar Reveals What It Means Growing Up in Lagos As He Returns After 15 Years

  • Omos returned to Nigeria after more than fifteen years as WWE searches for fresh talent from Africa
  • The 28-year-old has recounted how his life was, growing up in the Alapere area of Lagos State
  • The famous wrestler also feels Africa has lots of talent as he vowed to give back to his community

More than 15 years after leaving Nigeria for greener pastures, Tolulope Omogbehin, famously known as Omos, returned to Lagos as a WWE superstar.

The 28-year-old, who was signed into WWE in 2019, had a stint in professional basketball earlier but he was not quite successful in that sport.

Omos, who was in Saudia Arabia for WWE's Crown Jewel event where he went toe-to-toe with Braun Strowman in a battle of the giants, was spotted in Lagos, where he made an announcement as he joked, 'Omo Yoruba ni mi' (I'm a Yoruba man).

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Omos returned to Nigeria as a WWE superstar, having left the country about 15 years ago. Photo: WWE.
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In his bid to give back to society, the Nigerian giant and his partners announced a continent-wide talent search to find Africa’s next WWE Superstar.

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WWE Head of Talent Operations and Strategy, James Kimball said via Guardian:

“Africa is a focal point of our renewed global talent recruitment strategy and this initiative in Lagos will launch what we envision becoming a year-round, multi-country effort to cultivate relationships and identify talent that will resonate with our passionate and loyal African fanbase."

Kimball commented that the African region had incredible potential to serve as a meaningful talent and development hub for WWE.

"We look forward to working with our tremendous partners at SuperSport to uncover the next generation of Superstars through this program.”

Recounting his days in Lagos, Omos disclosed that it was tough waking so early to go to school. He revealed that he grew up in the Alapere area.

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He told Sports Brief:

"I mean growing up in Alapere, I mean going to school, getting on a bus early in the morning at 6am and my primary school was down the street here in Maryland."

Omos said that having a press conference to announce the search for a WWE superstar was nothing short of amazing.

"It's amazing that I have to come back home with WWE. I hope to go to Ketu, Alapere, Ojota, Oregun and of course, give back to society."

Omos pays family surprise visit

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that WWE star Omos paid an emotional surprise visit to his family in Lagos, 15 years after he travelled abroad to make his name.

Omos' return home to Lagos was a very touching one for all his family members, with his mother seen holding him tight like a small baby.

The 7ft 3inch giant is the only Nigerian international currently competing in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) RAW division.