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Chioma Ajunwa Gets Three-bedroom Apartment 25 years after

Legendary Nigerian Athlete, Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah has been rewarded with a three-bedroom apartment 25 years after she was promised following her record-breaking feat at the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta.

Former Military Administrator of the state pledged to reward Chioma Ajunwa with an apartment after she became the first Nigerian to win an Olympic gold medal in long jump.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented the document and the keys to the apartment at the Babatunde Raji Fashola housing estate at Iponri to the Legend.

“When Dr. Chioma Ajunwa-Oparah represented the country in the 1996 Olympic Games, some promises were made and very typical of us as a people, we forget. I have met and kept the promises of my predecessors in ensuring that our athletes get what they deserve,” the governor said during the presentation.

The Lagos leader noted that “She has remained a good reference point for sport, journalism and everything that relates to sport in our country. She is a true demonstration of can-do spirit, which reflects her decision to serve the country as a police officer after attaining a coveted position on an international sporting platform.

“We will continue to use her as a testimony to give women a strong voice and good representation in our sport organisations. We have made it compulsory to reserve 30 percent of positions to our women in Boards of sport organisations in Lagos.”

Chioma Ajunwa became the first black African woman to win an Olympic Gold medal in a field event.

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