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How Sports Women Have Brought Glory To Nigeria Since 1991

For many decades, Nigerian women have brought glory to the country in different sports. As Nigeria celebrates 61 years of independence, we take a look at some of the achievements of Nigerian women in sports since 1991

In 1991, Nigera's Super Falcons made history by becoming the first African side to qualify for the FIFA Women's World. Since then, the Falcons have qualified for all editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup. 


In 1992, Mary Onyali, Faith Idehen, Beatrice Utondu and Christy Opara Thompson won bronze at the Barcelona Olympics in 4×100 metres

In 1996, Chioma Ajunwa made history when she leaped high enough to win gold for Nigeria at the Atlanta Olympics, thereby becoming Nigeria's first Olympic gold medalist. In same 1996, Falilat Ogunkoya, Christy Opara, Fatima Yusuf and Bisi Afolabi won silver at the 4×400 metres event at the Olympics


The Super Falcons of Nigeria have won the African Women's Cup of Nations 9 times and are the most successful African national team.

In 2014, Asisat Oshoala won the golden ball and the golden boot award at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. She was also the first winner of the BBC world footballer of the year

Mercy Akide-Udoh, Cynthia Uwak, Perpetua Nkwocha and Asisat Oshoala have all won the African Footballer of the year award. Akide-Udoh won once, Cynthia Uwak won it twice, while Perpetua Nkwocha and Asisat Oshoala have won it four times. Onome Ebi has also appeared in five FIFA World Cups, the most by any African, male or female

Maureen Mmadu became the first Nigerian, male or female to play 100 games for Nigeria. Nigeria's Falconets also became the first African women's national team to play in the final of any FIFA organised tournament


Glory Alozie won silver for Nigeria at the 100 metres hurdles at the Sydney Olympics and Nigeria won bronze in the 4×400 metres event at the Sydney Olympics

In 2008, Nigeria won bronze at the women's 4×400 metres relay in Beijing. At the same Olympics, Blessing Okagbare won bronze in women's long jump


Nigeria's D'Tigress have won the women's Afrobasket three times consecutively, becoming the second team in history to do so


At the World U-20 Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Nse Uko Imaobong won three gold medals. Funke Oshonaike has also played in 7 Olympic games

In 2020, Obiageli Solaja became the first Nigerian to win the African Women in Badminton Award. 


At the just concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, two of Nigeria's medals were won by Blessing Oborodudu and Ese Brume

At the Paralympics, Nigerian women have also set and broken records, with Lucy Ejike being Nigeria's most decorated Paralympian


There are many achievements by Nigerian women in sports which are also not mentioned in this article

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