I often find it hard to experience West African restaurants with great quality and healthy options on the menu.
To my surprise, during a recent trip to Atlanta Georgia, I was fortunate enough to visit Ikes Grill and Cafe. And have to say, was very impressed with the outcome.
Guided by popular Atlanta Blogger Nita Pop, we had a selection of things to eat while discussing my plans for 2016, along with the current launch of my website with what to expect.
Check it out.

 

Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Tyrone Tseye Ogedegbe. I am 29 years old, working 9-6 as an investment analyst and also a Natural bodybuilding champion athlete. I won the overall title as Mr Britain in 2012 and now just won Mr Universe Musclemania 2013. I also am a sports model, personal trainer, part time actor, also have a passion for making music.

 You will be storming Nigeria next year for a show…could you expatiate on this.

I will be visiting Nigeria for the Paul Okoku launch of the charity for Less privileged kids- I’ve always supported the progress and motivation for the youth – have motivational talks in London at the Damilola Taylor youth Center – the late Damilola a kid who was victimised by gangs in London- so I’m keen and inspired by what Chief Okoku is looking to do in Nigeria.

In addition, I’ll be launching a fitness program that will help Nigerian athletes and anyone interested in getting fit and looking good. Special appearances will also be made on TV stations and events to promote fitness in my mother land.

 For those not conversant with your body building prowess, could you throw more light on it?

Body building is a unique and authentic sport, one that requires a lot of discipline, hard work and dedication with real passion. You are scored on symmetry, body condition and presentation – the whole package basically in physical muscle form.

We learnt you will be playing a significant role in the launch of the “Paul Okoku Greater Tomorrow Children’s Tournament for less-privileged children.” What specific contributions will you be making and what is/are the motivation(s) behind this?

At the Paul Okoku Greater tomorrow event, I’ll be making a guest appearance, flexing and performing to wow the crowd! My motivation behind this is that I’ll be promoting a positive message to the kids, giving them something they can aspire to and to support a movement to inspire the youth.

What’s your relationship with Chief Paul Okoku?  

Chief Paul Okoku is a good friend of my uncle, Nathaniel Ogedegbe, and they were colleagues and members of the flying Eagles of Nigeria way back in the 1980s.

What motivated you to want to do good for humanity?

I believe in giving back to the community, not just being a success but helping out where I can and when I can. I feel everything happens for a reason, and God has put me in a position so I can’t ignore my duties to be a role model and share a positive mental attitude to help improve other lives where needed.

Will your performing muscle flexing during the event wow the guests for the event, or is it something to whet the guests’ appetite?

Yes as said I will be flexing at the event and it’s something everyone should be looking forward to as it’ll be a special performance.

What’s the correlation between your being an Investment Analyst with that of an international bodybuilder?

There really isn’t any correlation with me being an investment analyst and international professional bodybuilder; they couldn’t be any different, one is my job and the other my passion – I also use it as a means of de-stressing from a long day at work, and then bodybuilding helps practise discipline at work. To work harder is the best relation I can find as an example

How many countries have you participated in and how many awards have you won so far?

I have participated in two countries and have won four awards in the last two years that I’ve been doing it.

Tell us about how you became Mr Universe Musclemania (Pro division) champion.

I had faith in my creator; as long as I worked my butt off and was sincere to myself about my efforts, the rest was history. I already envisioned myself as the winner even before I flew to Miami, I took myself through what I’d do ‘when’ I win and not ‘if’ I win – this was my mentality – whenever speaking about the competition, I spoke this way, and if you believe in yourself so much people can see it and then start believing in you as well and that’s exactly what happened when the judges set eyes on me. God’s grace took me through it from day one when I started preparing for it.

What inspired you to go into this type of sport?

I was always into lifting weights, a personal trainer in my gym back then said you got what it takes, so why not compete- so I thought, do something I enjoy and get a reward? No brainier

Do you have plans to introduce Nigerian youths into this type of sport?

I do intend to introduce the sport to Nigerian youths, as I’m sure it’ll encourage them to keep fit and also promote discipline and confidence in themselves.

Tell us a bit of your family background and how you ended up in London.

My dad is an engineer in the US and my mum runs her own private business in England – the English education is highly recognised so I felt it was appropriate to have a qualification in the UK and so I did. I’ve got a job here and that’s been it ever since, flying back and forth from US to UK.

How are you related to former Flying Eagles star, Nathaniel Ogedegbe?

Nathaniel Ogedegbe is my uncle, he was captain at St. Finbarrs College Lagos that won the Lagos State Principals Cup in 1978 along side Henry Nwosu and Stephen Keshi and he was amongst the first set of the Flying Eagles that included Henry Nwosu, Stephen Keshi, Sylvanus Okpala, Humphery Edobor, and Franklin Howard.

He was also invited to the national team during preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980. He was recently inducted to the hall of fame at Alma mater of Alabama A&M University.

Tell us something about your personal life.

I’m passionate about other things like making music, acting, basically entertainment as a genre – I get a buzz from it. I spend a lot of time with family and friends – quite sociable and love to enjoy the finer things in life! Above all I’m religious, have a strong belief in God and forever thankful for His blessings.

Mr Universe Musclemania (Pro division) champion, Tyrone Tseye Ogedegbe has spoken of his desire to storm Nigeria next year.

The 29-year old Briton, born to Nigerian parents, is an Investment Analyst, who lives in London, from where he travels to compete in various international bodybuilding competitions.

Ogedegbe is proud of his Nigerian roots, which he traces to DeltaState, to the illustrious Ogedegbe family, that produced the likes of former Eagles goalkeeper, late Best Ogedegbe and Nathaniel Ogedegbe, who resides in U.S.A.

In a recent chat with Sports Vanguard, the sexy hunk star said that in his business, there  is no time for pleasure as he has to keep shaping up for the challenges that come in torrents.

Besides his Mr Universe crown, which he won in June in Miami, U.S.A, Tyrone is also the top dog in the Pro short division Musclemania Universe 2013, overall Champion Musclemania Britain, Men’s Open 2012 and champion Men’s Open, Musclemania Britain 2012.

On his next plan, Ogedegbe says “I plan to come to Nigeria in 2014 to be a part of the launch of the Paul Okoku Greater Tomorrow Foundation for less privileged kids”.

A Camden personal trainer is quickly making a name for himself after building up one of his clients to become Mr Universe.

Dan Parker, who lives on Parkway, started training Tyrone Ogedegbe two years ago at Fitness First in Tottenham Court Road, and noticed that his enthusiastic friend had “amazing genetics” that were perfect for bodybuilding.

By April 2011, Ogedegbe was competing in his first regional show.

A year and-a-half later, he was picking up his title as Mr Universe at Miami’s Musclemania competition.

As Parker, 34, explains, there are several competitions which boast bigger bodies, but Musclemania is the biggest event that carries out drug tests.

The success of Ogedegbe, who is now being sponsored to make a career out of bodybuilding, was down to hard work and a strict diet.

“He was just a typical guy who came in here wanting to look better,” Parker says.

“But I thought he had potential, so told him he should try working towards something that he’d get rewarded for.”

So how did Parker and Ogedegbe take on the world?

Parker says his philosophy is to keep training as natural and healthy as possible for all his clients.

However, he admits that with Ogedegbe, they did have to push this ethos to its limit.

“To look un-normal, you’ve got to do un-normal things. If you imagine muscles are like balloons, carbohydrates are the air. We starved him a week before the competition so that means when he did eat, his muscles would take in what they needed and then even more.

“Then two days before he competed, Ty ate two kilos of rice and potatoes in a day.

“We would also do things like dehydrate him for 36 hours, then make him drink 10 litres of water a week before.”

If these methods sound daunting, at least Ogedegbe knows he is in good hands.

Parker has been a personal trainer for 15 years and worked at Fitness First since he was 16 years old.

‘Battle’

As well as the new Mr Universe, Parker has trained a Miss Fitness world champion and helps competitors in athletic and bikini competitions.

The trainer and bodybuilder are still working together to reach new heights, and Ogedegbe is currently training to defend his title later this year.

“It’s been a growing passion in my life for some time and it got to a stage where I realised I could be rewarded for it,” Ogedegbe says.

“Dan has kept me in check, monitoring my body fat and giving me advice. It’s a constant battle and he’s helped me take it to the next level.”

While years of work are put into building a perfectly symmetrical and toned physique, the final itself is out of the competitor’s hands as it’s all down to the judges.

Did Ogedegbe, as a relative newcomer to the sport, really believe he could win the biggest prize of them all?

“As a matter of fact, yes,” he says, with the assuredness of a boxer.

“To do anything like this for so long, you have to have total belief in yourself and that’s what we had.

“If that wasn’t there, we wouldn’t be talking today.”

The current Mr. Universe, 29-year-old Tyrone Tseye Ogedegbe, is a Briton born of Nigerian parents. The investment analyst, who lives in London, from where he travels to compete in various international body-building competitions, says he is proud of his Nigerian roots, which he traces to the illustrious Ogedegbe family in Warri, Delta State, which also produced the likes of former Super Eagles goalkeeper, the late Best Ogedegbe and Nathaniel Ogedegbe, who resides in the US. A couple of weeks ago, he visited Nigeria and STELLA BAMAWO met him in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he explained the process that led to his emergence as Mr. Universe.

HOW did you get to become Mr. Universe?

It was all about hard work, focus and trying to achieve so many things that I have never done in my life. I started off training in the same gym as Arnold Schwarzenegger, a famous actor. I started getting the passion for body-building and training. The physical appearance I was gaining was also being commended by people. One day, I was reproached at the gym by my personal trainer. It was like, you can use this physique to win competitions, and I was like, it’s okay, I’ll give it a trial.

I started body-building competitions in 2012. The first year, I did a few competitions. That same year, I did Mr. Great Britain. I also took part in Musclemania, which is the biggest natural body-building competition in the world. When I say natural, I mean we don’t take drugs or steroids; everything is pretty much from eating clean and taking good supplements. There are supplements companies who sponsor the competitions, so they give us the supplements.

Winning Musclemania, Great Britain qualified me to be a professional body builder. So, I went on to take part in the Mr. Universe Competition to compete against other people across the world. By the grace of God, I was able to take that trophy home as well. I have been working hard. I think about myself winning when I go to the stage and I have faith in God.

So would it be right to say that Mr. Universe has been your biggest achievement?

Absolutely!  Mr. Universe is a combination of different countries, so I got to compete with the best of the best.

What actually prompted you to take part in the Mr. Universe?

I felt since I had won the Mr. Great Britain contest, I could also win that of Mr. Universe. I was confident in myself. I felt if I went there and won this competition, I would be recognised in the world. A lot of people tried but did not succeed. That did not put me off. Everyone is different. I believe that if you work hard and you also have God, it can take you to places you never expected.

How did it feel when you were crowned Mr. Universe?

Words cannot express how I felt. But just to use some words to explain it, I felt accomplished. I felt my hard work had paid off because I worked hard. But at the same time, some people get what they don’t deserve. But I felt I deserved it. I got on my knees and thanked God. That was the promise I had made to God: ‘If you do this, I will go on my knees and praise you in front of the audience.’ So, as they called my name, I made the sign of the cross, went on my knees and praised God.

So how rich are you now as Mr. Universe?

There is a lot of perks. In Musclemania, the way it goes is that you get exposure, magazine articles and other promotional stuff. Just the title, Mr. Universe, is indeed a licence to make money. What they do is pay for your trips. They flew me out to Vegas. I won’t go into the details of the financials, but you must let me repeat the fact that it is a licence to make money.

I left for the (United) States when I was seven years old. From there, I went to the UK. My dad is actually in the US, while my mother is in the UK. I would say that I am a Mama’s boy. I love my mother. I am the first boy. It’s a big family. Though my parents are separated, we are all close. I am a Naija boy, so I don’t feel intimidated. The mentality is there. We are all the same.

So how did you intend to impact on the Nigerian society?

There are various things we are looking at. I was with Segun Odegbami a while ago. He mentioned that he is a part of the Heart Foundation in Nigeria. Apparently, more than 35 million Nigerians have the disease, and that is very sad. That is something I personally feel would need help.

We need to change lives for the better. I have gone out there and I feel I have conquered the world and so I came back to Nigeria. I take acting classes.

Have you faced challenges or it has been a smooth ride to the top?

Of course, there have been challenges. It is not always easy get to the top. I have a regimen. I train a couple of hours per day and six days per week. I train each body part on separate days and I devised a plan that allows quick recovery. I also ensure that I do not over-train a specific muscle group in the body. When I was preparing for the Mr. Universe, I hurt my thumb. I had to place a cast on it. It can be hard, but that is where being persistent comes in.

I am not into full-time body building. I have a job so I have to combine everything together. I am a graduate from a university in the UK. I have degrees in Business Management and Information Technology. At present, I work as an investment analyst. I try to manage my time. In my break time, I go to the gym.

What is your perception of Nigeria?

I see Nigeria as a beautiful place. But there is a lot of room for improvement. While there is a lot of tension, we have to use its potential to better our lots.

What advice would you give to upcoming Nigerians?

They should be disciplined, focused and patient. Those attributes are very important for one to excel. Drive and determination are needed. With these, I believe you can get to wherever you desire. The Paul Okoku Foundation for the less-privileged kids is a wonderful project. I will be attending the event. My role is going there to flex my muscles, to show them what I did to become Mr. Universe.

In 2014 I was invited twice to attend a charity event in Nigeria to help support less privileged kids at which I made a guest posing performance in the presence of Nigerian high delegates, including the likes of Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi and the Commisioner of sports.
Whilst out in Nigeria, I had the opportunity to meet with a bodybuilding show promoter who highlighted his opinions on the views of bodybuilding as a sport in Nigeria and how frowned upon it was.
Most bodybuilders in Africa are majorly stereotyped as being only useful for Bodyguard/Security duties or at most seen in movies as thugs and hooligans.
This stereotype in the western world has been diffused at a great level – with some bodybuilders making it as far as Government officials – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It is in my opinion, that the same combat on these stereotypes can be transferred over to Africa. And this has become one of my goals to accomplish.
Major obstacles in which they face: the lack of funds, lack of knowledge on opportunities available in the western world for their skill set, lack of enough motivation and inspirational figure in the society to stand as a role model and bench mark for African bodybuilders to aspire to become.
These are things I’ve researched on and willing to look into ways that the commercial aspect of Bodybuilding is reflected and well presented in Nigeria.

To me? Fitness is a lifestyle and tradition as opposed to being a chore or additional activity. In other words, you should feel the same satisfaction you get from taking a shower as you do from getting out the gym. By chance, I understood what benefits a good workout could help with as an individual and as a team player.
Being naturally energetic and wrestles, I found a channel to release this character and become calmer in actions and most importantly thinking, as with a workout of the body comes a work out of the mind. I’ve never looked back ever since.Share to Inspire.From strength to strength literally you grow both ways.
From this discovery I made it a weekly thing to visit the gym and this is where I very fitst met my Fitness Instructor Dan Parker who suggested I get involved in bodybuilding shows. sounded alot at first as it’ll mean rigorous training and dieting even as I work 9-6pm mon-friday. This woukdnt stop me from pursuing this dream which I always had but just never saw reality of putting it to practise. so I worked out a time table to fit around my day job, working out from round 6:30pm – 8:30 4 days/week having wednesdays and weekends off for rest and recovery. As time went on i realised that this could’ve been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. i work in investment sales, which could be very tidious and stressful at times, going to the gym replenishes my strength and mental mind frame to come back to work fresh and ready to proactively deliver. also youll find that when u focus on synchronising your mind with your muscle – you get better results that way. The idea behind this, is your work out is done properly, paying attention to every detailed movement to stimulate and motivate your perseverance to hit those last reps, and as we all know they’re the ones that really count!
Im a believer in the fact that What so ever you want to achieve, you can. If anyone ever told you u couldn’t they incorrect but like a GPS reroutes, so should you to your desired destination with no hesitation. With this mind set and assistance from my instructor and the Federation organisers(U-Phorm) for placing me in the right category and direction, I was able to win my first title for Heavy weights and Overall champion of Musclemania European and Commonwealth even whilst working at my day job – It has replenished my passion to believe in the ability of setting your mind on something and going for it and by Gods grace, it all comes to manifestation with hard work and dedication. From work outs to dedicated and disciplined diets, it’s a rough cycle as days come with minimal carbohydrate which as we know reduces energy levels, so a lot of struggling at work and at the gym. In order to get through these times I think to myself “How bad do you want it” a question I often ask whenever I’m thinking of holding back or giving any less than I’ve got. It works like magic, I want it bad – I mean why would I want it a little, might as well not want it at all! It’s either all or nothing – if you want it a little then you don’t want it at all, is my belief. If this is the case, don’t waste your time, move unto something that you want more than just a little.
Time is Muscle, you rip what you sow – It’s like using a credit card, but not paying any interest, instead the interest is being paid back to you in muscle mass – break some fibre to multiply your gains!
Through every goal comes obstacles – they as we know come in various shapes and sizes. What do you do to overcome your personal walls, mountains all depends on your mind frame. It’ll be tough, nobody said it’ll be easy. It’s important to remind yourself of this and see any minor setback as a major comeback. “Road to Easy street goes through the Sewer” Diamond in the rough and needle in a haystack all famous and relevant sayings. It’s there waiting, all you have to do is observe patience and keep in your momentum. If you keep hitting a wall it’s going to eventually crush, and I’m a Juggernaut to my obstacles is what you should know and believe.For more on my lifestyle, mind frame and motivational write ups – Subscribe to my website as I’ll be sharing fitness and motivational tips to help you reach your goals – weather it be physical or mental.