REMEMBER CHIOMA AJUNWA BEST NIGERIAN ATHLETE OF ALL TIME
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 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.
Chioma Ajunwa is happily married to Pastor Howell Chidera Opara and they are blessed with three children, however it took her years trying to conceive without success.
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.
Today, Chioma Ajunwa works in the Nigerian Police force. She also has a foundation which helps to discover new stars that will take the Nigerian nation to new heights