Chioma Ajunwa 1996 Olympian finally gets her house gift


Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday fulfilled government’s pledge of a house gift to Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah, 25 years after winning Gold medal for Nigeria at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Ajunwa-Oparah, the first African woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games field event, was gifted with a three-bedroom apartment in the Babatunde Raji Fashola Housing Estate, Iponri.

Ajunwa-Oparah is now an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Lagos Police Command.

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.

Lagos State won 125 medals, including 32 gold and 27 silver medals. in the contest.

Ajunwa-Oparah, a long jump athlete, put Nigeria on the global radar after she won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

She was promised a house by the then military government but the pledge was not fulfilled before the country returned to democracy in 1999.

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