Nigeria’s first Olympic Gold Medalist Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara is Finally Getting Her Dues

Nigeria’s first Olympic gold winner, Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah, has been awarded a three-bedroom apartment by the Lagos State Government. The reward comes 25 years after the government promised it would.

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She became the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the state’s previous military administrator, had promised Ajunwa-Oparah a house to reward her for winning a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the long jump.

During a ceremony on Thursday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu handed her the key to the mansion. He hailed her achievement as historic, saying it boosted young athletes’ ambitions and improved Nigeria’s image.

“When Dr Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah represented the country in the 1996 Olympic Games, some promises were made and very typical of us as a people, we forget”, the governor stated, during the presentation. He continued, “I have met and kept the promises of my predecessors in ensuring that our

athletes get what they deserve.”

She has remained a good reference point for sport, journalism and everything that relates to sport in our country. She is a true demonstration of can-do spirit, which reflects her decision to serve the country as a police officer after attaining a coveted position on an international sporting platform.

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