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I'M IDARA OTU

Olympian, Entrepreneur, Founder, Author, Speaker, and Advocate, my journey transcends the realms of athletics, finance, and social impact.

After graduating from Stanford in 2009, I traded the Silicon Valley vibes for Wall Street suits. Though a member of Stanford’s Varsity Track & Field Team, I hung up my spike when I returned to New York. For three years I never stepped foot on a track, and barely had time to run. 

When 2012 arrived, now a Commodities Trader living in Texas, I laced up my shoes and started to run again. Nine months of intense training later, I punched my ticket to the London Olympic Games as part of the Nigerian Track & Field Team.

2023 - LGRRG - DAR

BUT MY HEART CRAVED MORE...

In 2017, I founded Let Girls Read, Run, Grow (LGRRG) – a 501c3 charity committed to the African girl

Our mission is to develop African girls through education, athletics, and entrepreneurship. Fueled by a passion to develop Leaders, this work has inspired the launch of Camp NexGen™, that has impacted over 700 students all over Africa through SPORT & STEAM. And, we are building a primary school for girls in Nigeria.

2,500+

LIVES CHANGED THROUGH CAMP

600

ATHLETIC & SCHOOL SHOES DONATED

500+

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

2

DRONE PILOTS TRAINED

WAIT, THERE’S MORE...

Cocoa? 

In 2021 I launched NŌK CHOC, a premium, vegan, hot cocoa company. While it’s the practical solution to how our primary school gets funded, NŌK CHOC is an open love letter to Nigeria’s rich culture. Bold, beautiful, and benevolent, my children’s book, The Miraculous Masquerade, adds a literary twist to the story.

The Miraculous Masquerade and Idara Otu
NOK CHOC and Idara Otu
NOK CHOC
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It doesn't end there.

My journey isn't confined to one lane. Breaking barriers on Wall Street, I've learned that corporate spaces, entrepreneurship, and social impact can coexist. The sum of my experiences has shaped me into an advocate for women in education, business, and athletics.

I AM AN OLYMPIAN.
I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR.
I AM A CHARITY FOUNDER.

I AM AN AUTHOR.
I AM A SPEAKER.
I AM AN ADVOCATE.

I'M IDARA OTU

Olympian, Entrepreneur, Founder, Author & Speaker. I'm here to inspire and help motivate you to discover your purpose and achieve your goals.

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