Lagos State Govt rewards Chioma Ajunwa for 1996 Olympic Gold


The Lagos State Government has rewarded Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah with a three-bedroom apartment.

Sanwo-Olu made the presentation at a reception held for Lagos State’s athletes who participated in the recently concluded National Sports Festival in Edo State, which saw Lagos win 125 medals, including 32 gold and 27 silver medals.

The Governor, at the event, also presented cheques to the medal winners, some of whom will represent the nation in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

The presentation of the house to Ajunwa-Oparah is coming 25 years after the government made the promise to the former athlete for winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Presenting the apartment’s key to the first woman gold medalist in Nigeria, Sanwo-Olu said the feat achieved by the former athlete helped redeem the country’s bad image and raised the hope of young people seeking to improve their sporting skills

Ajunwa-Oparah who is now an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event.

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