Chioma Ajunwa was the first Nigerian to win an Olympic gold in 1996, while she was also working as a police officer.
Nigeria still has only won three golds in total, a relatively small total given it is Africa’s most populous nation.
The Lagos State Government has rewarded Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah with a three-bedroom apartment. The gesture is coming 25 years after the government made the promise.
A former military administrator of the state Olagunsoye Oyinlola had pledged to give Ajunwa-Oparah a house for winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented the key to the house to her in a ceremony on Thursday.
Here some facts to know about Chioma Ajunwa
- Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, MON was born 25 December 1970, also known as Chioma Ajunwa
- Chioma Ajunwa is the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.
- Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.
- She is the first and only woman to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a footballer as well as the Olympic games doing track and field.
- In December 2017, Chioma Ajunwa launched the Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara Foundation to discover new Nigerian stars in sports
- Ajunwa was banned from the sport for four years after failing a drug test in 1992 despite maintaining her innocence
- Following her Olympic gold medal at Atlanta ’96, Ajunwa was given a national award – Member of the Order of Niger (MON) – by the then Head of State of Nigeria Sani Abacha.