The biography, life, and accomplishments of Samson Dauda

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With the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest just wrapping up not too long ago, it is time to address an up and coming name in the sport of bodybuilding. Extremely talented with an exceptional physique, a 6th place finish right behind former champ Big Ramy went to none other than Samson Dauda, AKA the “Nigerian Lion”. This was Samson Dauda’s first Mr. Olympia, and finishing in the top ten is quite the achievement.

Below is a complete breakdown of Samson Dauda’s profile, stats, biography, training and diet regimens.

Full Name: Samson Dauda (IFBB Bodybuilder)
Weight Height Date Of Birth
275-330lbs 5’11” Unknown
Division Era Nationality
Men’s Bodybuilding 2020 Nigerian

 

Image courtesy of Instagram (@samson_dauda)

Samson Dauda was born in Nigeria, but currently resides in the United Kingdom. He is a prime example of bodybuilding being a global sport, and growing. It was not until he received multiple comments from people he played rugby with urging him to compete, that he decided to speak with local gym owner Chris Jones about bodybuilding. Jones told him the prep process, and Dauda opted out, until he saw the 2013 Olympia which was won by Phil Heath. Dauda was amazed by Phil Heath’s physique, and he decided right then and there that he wanted to enter the world of bodybuilding.

Samson Dauda competed in his first bodybuilding contest in April of 2014. He competed in the beginner competition early in the day, but the promoter invited him to compete in the main show later on, telling Dauda he thought he had a chance to win the whole show. To Samson’s surprise, he took the first place trophy home that day, which started his journey.

Samson Dauda’s Competition History

This year, the 2022 Olympia contest was Samson Dauda’s first, though he has been fighting for a spot on the big stage for a few years now. Let’s take a look at the previous shows that Samson Dauda has competed in.

Year Federation Contest name Class Place
2022 IFBB Pro League Olympia Men’s Bodybuilding – open 6
2022 IFBB Pro League Boston Pro Men’s Bodybuilding 4
2022 IFBB Pro League Arnold Classic USA Pro Men’s Bodybuilding 4
2021 IFBB Pro League Romania Muscle Fest Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 2
2021 IFBB Pro League EVLS Prague Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 1
2021 IFBB Pro League KO Egypt Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 3
2021 IFBB Pro League Yamamoto Cup Pro Men’s Bodybuilding 3
2021 IFBB Pro League Arnold Classic UK Pro Men’s Bodybuilding 2
2020 IFBB Pro League British Grand Prix Pro Men’s Bodybuilding 6
2020 IFBB Pro League Europa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 5
2020 IFBB Pro League Monsterzym Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 2
2019 IFBB Pro League Portugal Pro (“Mr. Big Evolution”) Men’s Bodybuilding 5
2019 IFBB Pro League Vancouver Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 8
2019 IFBB Pro League Chicago Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 7
2019 IFBB Pro League British Grand Prix Men’s Bodybuilding 2
2018 IFBB Pro League Romania Muscle Fest Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – open 11
2018 IFBB Pro League George Farah Classic Pro Italy Men’s Bodybuilding 9
2018 IFBB Pro League EVLS Prague Showdown Men’s Bodybuilding – open 5
2017 IFBB (Amateur) Diamond Cup Rome Men’s Bodybuilding – over 90 kg 1
2017 IFBB (Amateur) Diamond Cup Rome Men’s Bodybuilding – overall 1
2017 UKBFF British Championships Men’s Bodybuilding – over 100 kg 2
2017 IFBB (Amateur) Arnold Classic Europe (Amateur) Men’s Bodybuilding – over 100 kg 5
2015 IFBB (Amateur) Olympia Amateur UK Men’s Bodybuilding – over 100 kg 8

When did Samson Dauda Qualify for the Olympia?

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As stated before, 2022 was Samson Dauda’s first Olympia. One obstacle he was facing was none other than Nathan De Asha. Placing just behind Nathan De Asha in Italy, and at the Arnold UK, Samson Dauda finally took the first place spot at the 2021 Prague Pro, qualifying him for the 2022 Olympia.

Training

Samson Dauda’s training is unique in the sense that it is typically very high volume. He splits up his workouts to isolate muscle groups and does minimal exercises, but his rep ranges are higher. Typically, there are about 3-5 exercises that Dauda will do for each muscle group. Let’s take a look at a few different workouts of his.

Legs

Samson Dauda’s leg workout is absolutely brutal. Although it may only involve just a few exercises, he certainly maximizes the amount that he gets out of each one.

Leg Extension: 5 sets of 15-20 reps

Seated Leg Curl: 5 sets of 20 reps

Leg Press: 5 sets of 15-20 reps

Smith Machine Squats: 5 sets of 12-15 reps

Even though the rep ranges are high, Dauda squeezes hard on each rep and is moving some serious weight for each exercise.

Back

Samson Dauda’s back certainly reflects the heavy, intense, and high volume training he puts himself through. He hits the muscle groups hard, efficiently, and does not play around when it comes to his back day.

Wide Grip Neutral Pulldown: 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps with a two second hold each rep, and drop set on the last set

Cable Row: 3-4 sets of 10 reps with two second holds each rep, then two sets until failure

Rack Pulls: 3-4 sets of 10 reps increasing weight each set, controlling the weight on the way down, and on the last set make sure 10 reps is absolutely failure

Hammer Strength Low Row: 3-4 sets of 10 reps, hold for a second at the point of most contraction, then make sure the last set of 10 is absolute failure

Narrow Grip Pulldown x Rope Pullovers: This last exercise is a superset and absolutely brutal. 10 reps of narrow grip pulldown, super-setted with 10 reps of rope pullovers, repeated for 3-4 sets and only 60 seconds rest in between each exercise.

These are only a few examples of the way Samson Dauda trains, but it goes to show the hard work he puts in. Looking at these workouts, it’s no wonder that he’s rapidly climbing to the top of the bodybuilding industry.

Nutrition

Image courtesy of Instagram (@samson_dauda)

The diet of Samson Dauda is nothing short of impressive. To maintain a physique like that, and keep his weight between 275 on stage and 330 in the offseason, there has to be a lot of quality food. Let’s take a look at what a full day of eating typically looks like for Dauda in the on and offseason.

Offseason Diet

Meal 1:

  • 130 grams rolled oats
  • 1 scoop Hosstile ISO grass fed whey protein isolate
  • 5 whole eggs fried in butter with a dash of whole milk, topped with Reggae and Nando’s sauce
  • 1.5 scoops of Hosstile SILO essential amino acids plus hydration support in water

Meal 2:

  • 400 grams sweet potato
  • 200 grams steak
  • 1 apple and kiwi smoothie

Meal 3 (pre-workout meal):

  • 200 grams of pasta
  • 200 grams of ground beef with bolognese sauce

Intra-workout Shake:

  • 1 scoop Hosstile INTRA intra-workout
  • 1 tablespoon of Hosstile BLOODSHOT pre-workout pump

Post-workout Shake (immediately following training):

  • 2 scoops of Hosstile ISO grass fed whey protein isolate
  • 1 large banana

Meal 4 (1 hour after post-workout shake):

  • 2 cups of white rice
  • 250 grams of chicken breast
  • Drizzle of olive oil on rice with Reggae and Nando’s sauce
  • 2 scoops of Hosstile ISO grass fed whey protein isolate 20 minutes after finishing this meal

Meal 5:

  • 200 grams of lean ground beef
  • 2 cups of white rice
  • Tomato sauce
  • 2 scoops of Hosstile ISO grass fed whey protein isolate 20 minutes after finishing this meal

Meal 6: 

  • 200 grams of steak
  • 1 pack of Uncle Ben’s Mexican rice
  • 1 YOP yogurt

Prep Diet

Meal 1:

  • 90 grams of oatmeal
  • 2 scoops of ISO[H1] grass-fed whey protein isolate
  • 5 whole eggs

Samson eats his second meal of the day before taking his dog Cerberus to the park for him to play.

Meal 2:

  • 250 grams of sweet potato
  • 200 grams of steak

After Samson gets back from the park, he eats his next meal and gets his intra- and post-workout supplements ready for the gym.

Meal 3:

  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • 250 grams of chicken breast
  • Topped with jerk sauce

Intra-Workout Supplement Stack:

  • 1 scoop of BLOODSHOT pump pre-workout powder
  • 1 scoop of INTRA[R3] intra-workout powder
  • 1 scoop of Beta Alanine powder
  • 1 scoop of Creatine monohydrate powder
  • 1 scoop of Glutamine powder
  • 1 scoop Citrulline powder

Post-Workout Supplement Stack:

  • 1 scoop of ISO[H1] grass-fed whey protein isolate powder
  • 1 scoop of CDX Cluster Dextrin carb powder

Meal 4:

  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • 250 grams of chicken breast

Next Samson puts together an outdoor light for Cerberus and talks about his past career as a contractor.

Meal 5:

  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • 250 grams of chicken breast

Before packing in for the night, Samson has his last meal which 200 grams of Salmon.

Meal 6:

  • 200 grams of Salmon

Samson Dauda Personal Life

Image courtesy of Instagram (@samson_dauda)

In his life outside of bodybuilding, Samson Dauda has a wife, Marlenka. She loves to make healthy meals for her husband. Marlenka always pushes Samson Dauda to reach his next level in bodybuilding. She helps him a lot in every matter of their personal life, and right now they have no kids. The couple has a dream to bring the Mr. Olympia title to their home.

Samson also has a dog named Cerberus.

Samson Dauda Wrap Up

Samson Dauda is a name that is climbing the ranks in the bodybuilding industry rather quickly. The 2022 Olympia was his first one yet, and he already was placed in 6th. His training is nothing short of intense, and he almost certainly has a bright future in the sport.

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