Every year on February 8th, the International Women's Day is observed to honor the contributions that women have made to society, to raise awareness of issues like gender equality, reproductive rights, violence against women, and to demand a radical shift in how women are treated throughout the world.
Also, it is a day set aside to honor the contributions that women have made globally in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.
The PUNCH celebrates six exceptional Nigerian women in sports as the world observes International Women's Day (IWD) this year:
Tobi Amusan 1.
As a track and field athlete, Tobi Amusan concentrates on the 100-meter event.
She won the 100 m hurdles gold medal in 2022, establishing the current world record of 12.12 seconds in the semi-final and a wind-assisted 12.06 s in the final to become the first-ever Nigerian global champion and world record holder in the World Athletics Championships.
The record of the Ijebu Ode indigene became motivation and inspiration for many, while she garnered plaudits across the globe for her remarkable performance.
Favour Ofili 2.
Athlete Favour Ofili, 20, of Nigeria has competed for his nation in both national and international sporting competitions.
At the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, she finished second in the women's 200-meter final, earning her first solo medal.
Ofili finished the race in a timing of 22.51 seconds, putting some distance between herself and Christine Mboma of Namibia, who was lagging behind and working hard to catch up to her African adversary.
She has won a silver medal in the All-African Games and the Commonwealth Games. Also, she placed top eight at the world championships.
Third, Asisat Oshoala
Oshoala, a Nigerian female football player, shot to prominence in 2014 Women's U-20 World Cup, when she was named Most Valuable Player and top scorer as Nigeria placed second behind Germany.
Oshoala received the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award in 2015.
Oshoala is a striker for both FC Barcelona in Spain and the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
She is said to as one of the best female footballers in the world and among the greatest African players of all time.
Five times, Oshoala has been named African Women's Footballer of the Year. 351
Mary Osijo 4.
One of the top athletes Nigeria has produced is Mary Osijo.
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