5 Nigerian Fitness Influencers You Should Know

By Joburg Post

While preparing for the summer body, you need all the inspiration to keep the bodygoals going. Here are some of Naija's best fitness influencer. #BodyGoals!

Anowa Adjah, The Nigerian Powerhouse

Who says fit, full-figured ladies aren’t beautiful? Certainly not the CEO of Powerhouse Physiques, Anowa Adjah. Easily the most visible personality in Nigerian fitness circles, Anowa boasts a Twitter following of 13,000. Her popularity is simple to understand: she defies the notion that “rail thin” is right and encourages women to embrace their natural body types while getting rid of unwanted pounds. Having produced a series of Powerhouse Physiques workout DVDs and created the PowerhouseHouse Physiques Workout and Wellness Tour, the motivational speaker, master trainer and mother of twins will soon release her next DVD “Lose the Gutt, Keep the Butt.”

Ada-Ari Agbim, YouTube Trainer

Certified Elite Group Fitness instructor Ada-Ari Agbim aka Adagurl understands the motivational power of a good beat–which is why the Nigerian, DC-based aerobics, step, HIIT and weight training teacher choreographs her routines to popular West African tunes. Check out her YouTube channel to find nearly 40 (and counting) quick, easy-to-follow workout routines set to such body-moving hits as Mavins’ DorroBucci,D’Banj’s Oliver Twist and Flavour’s Baby Oku. Watching the enthusiastic trainer at work, you’d think she spent a lifetime at the helm of her own fitness organization. However, Adagurl took her first professional fitness training course in late 2010, proving that it doesn’t take long to get into the groove of great health.

Ejiro “EJ” Ogenyi, Lifestyle Coach Extraordinaire

Like so many other college students, EJ Ogenyi packed on a few extra pounds when she went to the U.S. to pursue a degree in engineering. EJ’s weight gain didn’t stop at the typical 6.8kg or “freshman 15” pounds but instead ballooned by a staggering 15kg (33 lbs). EJ experienced many trials and errors in her weight loss mission but remained committed to personal fitness. She found success in maintaining a positive attitude, understanding the importance of diet and exercise and befriending others who shared her aspirations.

Today, the New Orleans engineer and lifestyle coach and [TEAM] founder draws from her personal journey to guide others to their health goals through her blog and regular contributions to Bella Naija and Radiant Health Magazine. Most recently, the fit wife, soon-to-be-mother and editor produced the second issue of her free health lifestyle e-book, Beautiful Inside and Out.

Adura Odesanya, Healthy Lifestyle Simplifier

It’s been 13 years since Adura Odesanya first began her journey to overcome the fast food addiction she developed when she moved to the UK in 1998. Back then, she was able to quickly shed excess pounds by adopting a popular diet plan. But without proper exercise and consistent healthy eating habits, Adura found herself in a struggle to maintain her ideal weight.

As she discovered her own simple formula for keeping fit, she felt inspired to share her healthy lifestyle tips and advice with others.Today the London-based certified personal trainer, healthy lifestyle blogger, online fat loss coach and entrepreneur specializes in making healthy living as simple as possible. Adura’s program, Trimmer in 28, helps other weight loss sojourners do just that through easy-to-make recipes and easy get-up-and-go workouts.

Suzanne Brume, Fitness Blogging Dynamo

One look at Suzanne Brume’s Eights and Weights fitness blog or Instagram pageand it’s hard to not want to get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. The New York-based Nigerian fitness blogger and yoga enthusiast is an unstoppable force when it comes to sharing her passion for proper exercise and dieting habits with her fellow Africans.

Three Nigerian Blog Awards since 2010 speak to her uncanny motivational ability. When not running, hiking, biking or enjoying the great outdoors, the health and fitness blogger constantly updates her fitness followers with helpful tips and demonstrations to achieve their health potential.



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