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“You Always Stand by Me”: After Winning Bodybuilding Contest in Romania, 330 Lbs Nigerian Lion Pays Tribute to His Wife Aka His Other Coach, for Making Him a “Better Man”

Published 11/13/2023, 12:28 AM EST

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No matter how many times you embrace defeat on the battlefield. Sooner or later, hard work pays off. This same has happened with our most talented bodybuilding icon, the Nigerian Lion, Samson Dauda who made England proud by winning the Arnold Classic championship. He is a man with great passion and devotion who is never satisfied with just one victory. 

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With courage and vision, he moves forward. Recently, he did the same thing by winning a bodybuilding competition in Romania. Though the legend could not clinch the 2023 Olympia trophy, he did not lose hope. Instead, he set on a journey to reach and win the Romania competition. After registering a victory at the 2023 Romain Pro, he was filled with a pure feeling of gratitude for his wife. Along with this, he valued and hailed his coach who has been for him through all odds.

Nigerian Lion grateful for his wife after victory in 2023 Romania Pro 


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The 2023 Olympia competition concluded on Saturday night with winners Derek Lunsford and Samson Duada secured 3rd position in the competition. Despite years of hard work and dedication, Dauda failed to win Olympia and he did not sit back. He appeared in the 2023 Romain Pro championship. He gave tough competition to his opponent and embraced victory by beating Andrea Presty, who has his charm and recognition in the bodybuilding realm. Romania pro wrapped up with grand and the commendable victory of Samson Dauda. Soon after winning the competition, the Nigerian Lion recalls his wife’s efforts and sacrifice.


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He talked about his coach for his amazing teaching and guidance. After his historic victory in the competition, he took to his Instagram account and shared a heartfelt post for his wife and the coach who have been by his side for years. He posted a photo on his account along with the caption, “Through it all, you always stand by me, striving to make me a better man.”  Expressing his love for his wife, he further wrote, “I love you, Mr’s Dauda


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For sure, none of his fans must have expected such a grand and remarkable victory after he lost to Derek Lunsford and Hadi Choopan in Olympia 2023. Samson believes that he has become a better person all with the support of his wife and instructions of his coach. The journey from being Arnold’s classic winner to Romania Pro 2023 champ has not been smooth sailing for him. However, he kept going for his dreams.

Samson Dauda Arnold’s classic win creates history

It created history when the results of the Men’s Open at the Arnold Classic 2023 came out showing Samson Dauda as the winner. The winner was announced after two days of exciting on-stage body poses by the bodybuilding legends., Samson Dauda has claimed his first Arnold Classic title and made his fans and wife proud. Before he was declared the winner, he made his way into the top three positions with Nick Walker and Andrew Jacked as his opponents. It was an unforgettable moment when Bob Cicherillo came on the stage after the final pose down. Soon he announced the results of the competition.


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After his incredible victory, the bodybuilding legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger interviewed Dauda and hailed his miraculous physique and talent. Arnold asked Dauda about his feelings about winning the competition. Samson Dauda replied emotionally and said, “surprised.” Samson added, “You do everything. You hope you can win, but you never expect to win.” he added further. What’s your take on his recent major win despite failure in previous competitions?

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Written by:

Sanjana Saini


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Sanjana Saini is a Bodybuilding writer at Essentially Sports. Apart from being a sports writer, she has gained over three years of experience in writing articles on multiple niches such as Technology, Health, Automobiles, Tours and travel, and so on. What excites her most is fresh ideas and beneficial tips related to wellness and fitness.
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