The Lagos State Government has rewarded Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah with a three-bedroom condominium. The gesture is coming 25 years after the federal government made the promise.
A former navy administrator of the state Olagunsoye Oyinlola had pledged to present Ajunwa-Oparah a home for profitable the gold medal in lengthy soar on the 1996 Atlanta Games.
He described Ajunwa-Oparah’s feat as historic, saying it helped in enhancing Nigeria’s picture and additional heightened the hopes of younger athletes.
“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. I have met and kept the promises of my predecessors in ensuring that our athletes get what they deserve,” the governor stated in the course of the presentation.
The Lagos chief famous that “She has remained an excellent reference level for sport, journalism and all the things that pertains to sport in our nation. She is a real demonstration of can-do spirit, which displays her choice to serve the nation as a police officer after attaining a coveted place on a global sporting platform.
“We will continue to use her as a testimony to give women a strong voice and good representation in our sport organisations. We have made it compulsory to reserve 30 percent of positions to our women in Boards of sport organisations in Lagos.”
A ‘Motivation’ To Young Athletes
Ajunwa-Oparah who’s now an Assistant Commissioner of Police stated the gesture from the Lagos State Government is a “motivation” to a brand new technology of athletes. She admitted that the transfer has additional renewed her hopes in Nigeria.
Her feat within the US made her the primary black African girl to win an Olympic gold medal in a discipline occasion.