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Simi Fagbongbe and Ope Fagbongbe are a Daughter/Father team on The Amazing Race Canada 3.

Having immigrated to Canada from Nigeria for a better life, they saw the race as an opportunity to not only appreciate the world, but also the nation that they became citizens in. This allowed them to get one of the more positive edits throughout the Race despite suffering huge lapses, including a last finish finish in leg five where they were saved by a No-Rest Leg. However, they would remain in the running until the penultimate leg where, after leaving the Plastic Detour in a tight three way race with Gino & Jesse and Nick & Matt, their dedication to running the race nicely and fairly did them in, as they were on the losing end of two cab fights to the two former teams. Although they would catch up to both teams at the Saloon Roadblock, Ope would be edged out by Jesse. They would ultimately be eliminated in 4th place, but gained a new appreciation for Canada throughout their time on the race.

Profile[]

Simi[]

Age: 21 (April 27, 1994)
Occupation: Business-to-business sales and marketing associate
Current City: Burnaby, BC
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Strengths: Determination, quick thinking, and willingness to try new things.
Fears/ Phobias: Snakes
Favourite Travel Destination: Berlin
Pet Peeve about Teammate: "My dad's a total chatterbox!"

Ope[]

Age: 46 (January 7, 1969)
Occupation: Distribution Logistics Coordinator
Current City: Burnaby, BC
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Strengths: Memory, grit, and humour .
Fears/ Phobias: Snakes and Water (Evironmental Surrounded)
Favourite Travel Destination: Home
Pet Peeve about Teammate: "She's stubborn."

Simi and Ope are a loving father/daughter team that immigrated to Canada from Nigeria in 2006. Having made many sacrifices as a family to start a new life filled with opportunity, Simi and Ope share a relatable story for many Canadians. Simi sees her father as her hero, her biggest supporter, and her rock. Ope works hard so his family can have every opportunity available to them.

This strong willed, determined team will take the race by storm with their quick thinking and motivation to get any task done as fast as possible. Simi took theatre in school after moving to Canada to help overcome her shyness. She intends to follow in her mother's footsteps – her mom is a lawyer and has a PhD in law. Ope is a friendly and social guy who loves to share stories. "He's so corny!" Simi says about her father's metaphor-filled tales.

Simi wants to give most of her winnings to her parents if they win 'The Amazing Race Canada', while Ope would buy a property for his son and take a cruise with his lovely wife.

FUN FACTS[]

Motto: "You gotta risk it to get the biscuit!"
Team they most associate with from Season 1 or 2: The Tim's
What would your team walk-on song be? "Who let the dogs out?"
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? Cool Chick & Old Fart
Major Roadblock as a team: "Keeping our cool and compromising – we both like things to be done in a particular way."
What's your must-have beauty/grooming item? Eyebrow shaping pencil! I feel so fancy when my eyebrows are on point. (Simi)
How did you train for the race? I did a lot of running, weight training, meditation, brain games and of course standard transmission lessons. It is literally impossible to prepare for the unknown. (Simi)
How did you choose your team colour? Not only is red quintessentially Canadian, I think it looks great (Simi)
What's one thing you wish you could bring on the race? Music. (Ope)
How did you train for the race? Gym workout routines for the physical. Extreme Sudoku puzzles for the mental. (Ope)
What's in your backpack? 3 short sleeve tops, 1 long sleeve top, 2 pants (1 sport, the other waterproof), 1 PJs, thermal socks/regular socks, hoodie, soft shell jacket and waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, flip-flops, toiletries. (Ope)

The Amazing Race Canada 3[]

Race History[]

Simi & Ope's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 Quebec → Ontario No Detour Simi 5 of 12 [1]
Ope
2 2 Ontario → Chile Motion / Emotion Simi 9 of 11
3 3 Chile → Argentina Dance / Dine Simi 5 of 10
4 4 Argentina → Nova Scotia Bubbles / Suds Ope 5 of 9
5 5 Nova Scotia → Quebec Ride It / Pull It Ope 8 of 8 [2]
6 6 Quebec → Ontario Analyze / Synchronize Simi 5 of 8
7 7 Ontario → Saskatchewan Nimitook / Mikwap Ope 6 of 7
8 8 Saskatchewan → India Tuck / Roll Simi 4 of 6
9 9 India Slam It / Spice It Ope 3 of 5
10 10 India → British Columbia Brains / Brawn Simi 4 of 5
11 11 British Columbia → Alberta Paper / Plastic Ope 4 of 4 [3]
Average 5.27
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
The team that lost the Double Battle

Notes:
1: Leg 1 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Simi & Ope initially arrived in 7th place, but received a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Face Off. Nic & Sabrina checked during this time, dropping them to 8th place. However, because this was a No-Rest Leg, they were not eliminated. Simi & Ope also did not have to face a Speed Bump during Leg 6, despite coming in last in Leg 5.
3: Simi & Ope were last at the Face Off and received an unspecified time penalty.

Trivia[]

Canada[]

  • Simi & Ope (alongside Neil & Kristin) are the first Parent/Daughter team to compete on The Amazing Race Canada.
  • First team eliminated in Alberta.

External links[]

Interviews[]

  • Marci Ien on Canada AM (09/18/2015): "Father-daughter duo eliminated"
  • Ruth Myles at Calgary Herald (09/18/2015): "Relationship strong between father, daughter"

Social Media Profiles[]

References[]

The Amazing Race Canada 3 Teams
 Brent & Sean
Brothers
CAS3 BrentSean
CAS3 BrianCynthia
 Dana & Amanda
Co-Workers
CAS3 DanaAmanda
 Gino & Jesse
Brothers
CAS3 GinoJesse
 Max & Elias
Dating
CAS3 MaxElias
 Neil & Kristin
Father/Daughter
CAS3 NeilKristin
CAS3 NicSabrina
 Nick & Matt
Wrestling Teammates
CAS3 NickMatt
 Simi & Ope
Daughter/Father
CAS3 SimiOpe
 Susan & Sharnjit
Co-Workers
CAS3 SusanSharnjit
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