Blessing From Above!
Blessing Awodibu Needs to Make Bodybuilding Nice Once more
Interview by Ron Harris
I don’t assume many individuals will argue after I say that Blessing Awodibu is essentially the most thrilling character in bodybuilding in the present day. His feud with Nick Walker in early 2021 was legendary, and this yr he picked it up with Nick once more on stage instantly after successful the New York Professional. However Blessing is a lot greater than trash discuss and hilarious skits on his Instagram web page and YouTube channel. He proved that by returning to the identical two exhibits he did final yr, the Indy Professional and the New York Professional, and redeeming himself with back-to-back wins. We spoke a few weeks later about his contract renewal with Redcon1, how he plans to make bodybuilding enjoyable for all of us, his relationship with coach George Farah, and the way he’s returning to his native Nigeria for the primary time in over 20 years.
It was simply introduced in your social media in addition to Redcon1’s that you’ve signed a brand new contract and are again with the corporate. I do know that you weren’t far out from the Indy Professional whenever you realized they weren’t going to re-sign you?
There was quite a lot of stuff happening. The corporate was altering course, and the boss man Aaron wasn’t round. You possibly can see from their social media they had been pulling away from bodybuilding, which is what the model was constructed on. However I understood and revered their choice. At six weeks out from Indy I acquired the decision that my contract wouldn’t be renewed. It wasn’t a shock as a result of I’d seen what they had been doing, however the timeframe was not preferrred.
Did you panic or freak out? I’d have.
Actually, I used to be very calm. I knew I used to be about to degree as much as a complete new degree in my profession. And if I began to panic at six weeks out, the stress may destroy my look. I didn’t let it get to me. I advised them I appreciated every thing that they had finished for me. I did ask for a bit extra time, as a result of that solely gave me two weeks left on the contract. I wanted to speak to my lawyer so my visa to remain within the U.S. could be intact. They had been form sufficient to offer me an extension to type issues out. And also you noticed what occurred six weeks later!
Did they take you again since you received the 2 exhibits?
There had been quite a lot of miscommunication as a result of Aaron is the boss man and he wasn’t round. It was a bizarre time of transition for everybody. Errors and fallacious calls had been made. Finally we had been capable of discuss issues out and regain belief. They reached out to me after I received New York to speak. Aaron had believed in me from day one and I all the time appreciated the chance he gave this child from Africa to chase the American dream. I don’t take that calmly. It means quite a bit to me. Despite the fact that I earned all of it via my very own arduous work, I always remember that, or all the assistance I acquired on my approach up. There’s no such factor as being “self-made.” In your journey there are such a lot of individuals who come into your life, some for a very long time and others briefly. With me it’s all about loyalty. I’ve solely been with two corporations my total profession. I solely left the primary one as a result of they fucked me up and stole my trademark. They got here out with a Boogieman pre-workout. Aaron advised me from day one he wished me to stick with Redcon1 for the remainder of my bodybuilding profession. I may by no means be the kind of man who jumps round from one firm to a different. How are you going to depart one firm after which every week later begin hyping up one other one? It’s simply not proper. You’re solely mendacity to the followers. Loyalty is every thing with me. We had a few conferences and talked backwards and forwards. Apologies had been made and we got here to an settlement, and we’re again, child!
Now I’ve to ask you about essentially the most thrilling a part of the New York Professional, which was after you bought your award and proceeded to take the mic and name out Nick Walker proper there on stage with you, saying you’d whoop his ass on the Mr. Olympia. Did you intend that? And was Nick in on it?
It was not deliberate. My aim is to alter the game. Lots of people snicker at me and name me an Instagram or YouTube bodybuilder, say I’m a clown. I by no means let the feedback get to me. I’m simply being myself and having fun with what I do. I’m not in bodybuilding to be boring. It’s all concerning the followers for me. All of the individuals supporting their favourite bodybuilders, going to exhibits, watching the livestreams. I really like each single one in all you guys whether or not you’re rooting for me or not. With out you guys, we’re nothing. I’ll do every thing in my energy to be sure to guys are getting your cash’s value and are entertained. In any sport, the followers get engaged as a result of they wish to be entertained. So if me and Nick discuss one another and it will get all of the followers speaking about it, that’s connecting individuals collectively. You will notice individuals making mates within the feedback part! I wish to make bodybuilding as enjoyable and entertaining as it may be.
You broke the Web whenever you referred to as out Nick. Inside an hour, I wager there have been 1,000 movies and way more IG posts about it.
You see how straightforward it’s to take a sport from right here to a complete different degree? It’s really easy as a result of we’ve got all of the instruments with social media. Folks wish to see how unhealthy you need it and the way a lot you consider in your self. They wish to see confidence, regardless that some individuals received’t prefer it and can misread it as conceitedness. Lots of people get impressed once they see you say you’re going to do one thing, and you then go on and do it.
As 50 Cent mentioned within the track Magic Stick, “you discuss quite a lot of shit however I again it up.”
Sure I do!
You labored with a few famend coaches who each have their share of Mr. Olympia wins to their credit score, Chad Nicholls and Abdullah Al Otaibi. George Farah appears to be the successful match for you. I’m not saying he’s the very best coach on this planet, however it looks like he’s the very best coach for you.
It’s all about discovering somebody you join with. What works for one man won’t work for an additional man. It must be the appropriate match. After I was coming into this sport, my aim was to place the appropriate workforce along with good, wholesome working relationships. I attempted working with Neil Hill and it didn’t work out, however that doesn’t make him a foul coach. It simply wasn’t the appropriate match. Identical factor with Chad. Perhaps the communication may have been higher. Then with Abdullah, once more we simply didn’t have that connection I would like. That’s what makes working with George so particular. I really like his power and he’s only a good human being. He has a lot data and cares a lot about his athletes. Test his résumé. He had lengthy working relationships with Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson. For an athlete to stick with a coach for years and years says quite a bit. After I began speaking to George, it felt like I had discovered a lacking puzzle piece.
Such as you mentioned, what works for one man doesn’t essentially work for an additional. how big you might be, it could be arduous to consider how briskly your metabolism is. George reduce out all of your cardio at six weeks out from Indy. What different coach would have the balls to try this?
Precisely. And with all of the experiences I’d had with different coaches, I used to be on my guard. I didn’t begin trusting George till that second six weeks out. Till then I had been questioning every thing with him. However I couldn’t argue with the truth that I used to be staying huge and spherical however nonetheless getting more durable daily. Final yr at that time I used to be smaller and comfortable. I believed, George and I have to be doing one thing proper. At six weeks out, I shut my mouth and let George do his factor. Now, if he advised me to eat shit, I’d do it.
Please don’t do this. I’ve to ask concerning the enhancements we noticed together with your legs this spring. Have been they that measurement earlier than however you misplaced measurement in your 2021 prep? Did they really develop during the last yr? Or was it a mix of the 2?
I all the time get shit for my legs. Folks don’t perceive my physique. If you happen to noticed my legs with out seeing my higher physique, you may assume they weren’t huge. However bodybuilding is all concerning the phantasm: the form, the body, the move, how every thing matches collectively. It’s not nearly one physique half. After all I nonetheless have quite a lot of work to do with my legs, however they do match my higher physique, and that’s effective. I’m a tough employee. I took nearly 4 years from the time I turned professional to the time I stepped on a professional stage. Folks thought I used to be simply making humorous skits that entire time, however I used to be busting my ass day in and day trip. My mission was to be among the best who ever did this factor, and I’m gonna get there it doesn’t matter what. I don’t care how lengthy it is going to take me. However sure, I had constructed some good measurement within the low season that I misplaced throughout my 2021 prep due to all of the cardio and that StepMill. George is so skilled that he knew precisely what to do with me. I’m positive me and Dexter are comparable with our metabolisms. In the long run I appeared my finest, and my legs matched my higher physique.
Does anybody oversee your coaching, or do you deal with that?
I do my coaching myself. I take pleasure in the way in which I prepare. My precept is quite a lot of quantity, heavy weight, and simply fucking work.
I met your spouse Sarah on the current exhibits, who you married final November. Congratulations! She’s Irish, so I assume you knew her again in Eire?
Yeah, we began relationship again in 2014. She’s been with me on this entire journey.
I additionally didn’t notice you haven’t been again to Nigeria because you left 21 years in the past, and also you haven’t seen your father since then.
Proper. My mom got here to Eire three or 4 years later and lived there for a few yr. She didn’t just like the chilly, so she went again. However I discuss to my household daily and I maintain them, paying their lease, their payments, make sure that they’ve cash to eat. Even earlier than I discovered bodybuilding, my aim was to go on the market and be nice at one thing after which come dwelling and take care of my household. When school didn’t occur I used to be heartbroken as a result of I believed that dream was over for me. When I discovered bodybuilding, my aim was to turn out to be the very best at it. I used to be prepared to do no matter it takes to make it to the highest, and I believed I had what it takes. I all the time mentioned I’d by no means go dwelling with nothing to point out for it. I labored and acquired myself to the USA. I blew up my social media, acquired a fantastic sponsor, and chased the American dream. And now I’m going to the Olympia, bro! Even higher, I’m going again to Nigeria in two weeks and I’m going to spoil my dad and mom. I even have 5 brothers and one sister, so regardless that I’m solely there for every week I plan on spending some high quality time with all of them.
I can think about the followers you will need to have over there ready to see you.
I’m going to have a digicam man with me documenting every thing. I have already got two meet-and-greets booked, they usually need me to do a visitor posing too. Why not? I wish to blow up health and bodybuilding in Nigeria and faucet into that market. We have now over 200 million individuals there. I see messages and posts from so many younger dudes over there with nice bodybuilding potential. I’m positive most of them prepare however they don’t know the right way to eat. They’ll all relate to me and my story. They consider if I can do it, they’ll do it too. I can’t wait to go over there and join with them.
Perhaps just a few years in the past we may have a ton of nice execs from Nigeria the way in which we do now with international locations like Egypt and Brazil. Proper now, we already have you ever, Samson Dauda, and Andrew Jacked all hailing from Nigeria.
Like I mentioned, the expertise is there for positive. They simply want some steerage and course.
Last query. You continue to have six months till your first Mr. Olympia. What enhancements do you wish to make between every now and then?
My legs have to return up, particularly my hamstrings and glutes. I simply had an MRI on my knee as a result of it’s been giving me hassle for years, so I’ll get that fastened and my leg coaching will probably be so significantly better. My triceps and again additionally want to return up. I don’t assume I would like way more general measurement, however I really feel just like the package deal I’ve proper now could possibly be quite a bit greater and fuller. After all the conditioning has be to even higher as a result of it’s the Olympia. However we all know what we’re working with and we’ve got time. The Mr. Olympia goes to be loopy this yr. I’m going to place a lot power into the hype and promotion as a result of like I mentioned, I wish to make this sport thrilling!
You may have undoubtedly been doing a superb job of that to date, so I can solely think about how you’ll step it up on your first Olympia.
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Contest Historical past
2013 IFBB Arnold Novice Europe – Junior, didn’t place
2013 IFBB European Novice Championships – Seventh, Junior Heavyweight
2014 IFBB Arnold Novice Europe – Junior Champion
2015 IFBB European Novice Championships – 14th, Mild Superweight
2017 IFBB Arnold Novice Europe – Tremendous Heavyweight and General
2017 IFBB World Novice Championships – Second, Tremendous Heavyweight
2017 IFBB Diamond Cup Portugal – Tremendous Heavyweight and General
2017 IFBB Diamond Cup Czech Republic – Tremendous Heavyweight and General
2021 Indy Professional – Third Place
2021 New York Professional – Sixth Place
2022 Indy Professional – Winner
2022 New York Professional – Winner
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