Chioma Ajunwa is unarguably one of the best Nigerian athlete of all time!
The former athlete who specialised in the long jump absolutely needs no introduction because she her name has been written in gold in Nigeria’s history.
During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Chioma Ajunwa became the became the first athlete in Nigeria to win an Olympic gold medal and ‘to date remains Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist’.
Chioma Ajunwa receiving her gold medal in 1996.
Chioma Ajunwa is also the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event. After her Olympic gold medal triumph in Atlanta ’96, Chimo Ajunwa was honoured with a national award – Member of the Order of Niger (MON) by President Sani Abacha.
Despite the support of her pastor husband, the celebrated athlete was worried claiming “In Igboland a woman without child is like an outcast.” Eventually, she gave birth to triplets: Joshua, Caleb and Rose in 2012.
Chioma Ajunwa with her husband and triplets
Chioma Ajunwa serving Nigeria as a police officer.
Chioma Ajunwa Foundation
You’ll agree with me that Chioma Ajunwa is a living Legend and indeed one of the greatest Nigerian athlete of all time!