- Princess Igho Williams
- Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Pidgin
Monday 8th August the last day of action of the 22nd Commonwealth Games hosting Birmingham, Great Britain and Nigeria have won 12 gold medals so far.
It was the country’s female athletes who won all the gold medals, to the admiration of their compatriots.
Di kontri Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare praises the athletes for their “breathtaking leadership”.
Female athletes are also not helping Nigeria win 6 silver and 8 bronze medals for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
While the male athletes don’t help to win 3 silver and 6 bronze for the con.
Overall women win 26 medals for Nigeria while men win 9 medals
So far, Nigeria has won a total of 35 medals for the time being and is seventh in the Birmingham 2022 medal table.
Meet the 12 female athletes who won gold for Nigeria
1. Adijat Adenike Olarinoye
Adijat Adenike Olarinoye has become the first athlete to win Nigeria’s maiden 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medal for Birmingham.
Olarinoye, who is 23, lifts a total of 203kg to win gold for women’s 55kg – final on Saturday 30 July 2022.
She can lift 200 lbs for Di Snatch, 250 lbs for Clean and Jerk and 450 lbs total.
2.Rafiatu Folashade Lawal
Rafiatu Folashade Lawal awards Nigeria second 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medal for Birmingham
Lawal wey is 25 years old and lifts 206kg to win gold for the women’s 59kg final on Sunday 31st July 2022.
Chioma Onyekwere made history as the first Nigerian to win the gold medal in the women’s discus throw for the Commonwealth Games last Tuesday 2nd August 2022.
In her first appearance at di games, she threw her season-best 61.70m for her fourth attempt to take the lead from Jade Lally of Great Britain.
At 28, Chioma Onyek was also African Games Champion and African Athletics Champion.
The US-based engineer is only the second African woman in Games history to win gold, after South Africa’s Elizna Naude at the Melbourne 2006 Games.
4. Goodness Chiemery Nwachukwu
Goodness Chiemerie Nwachukwu wins gold medal for Women’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64 – Final on Thursday 4th August 2022.
The 23-year-old throws 36.56m to win the gold medal for Nigeria.
5. Alice Folashade Oluwafemiayo
Alice Folashade Oluwafemiayo wins Gold for Team Nigeria Women’s Heavyweight – Finals on Thursday 4th August 2022.
The 37-year-old Paralympic champion set a new record at the Commonwealth Games, breaking the women’s world record of -86kg to win a medal.
Blessing Oborududu does not disappoint Nigeria as she wins the Women’s Freestyle 68kg – Commonwealth Games Gold Medal on Friday 5th August 2022.
Oborududu, 33, retained the title she won for the Gold Coast four years ago.
Wrestler Oborududu defeated Linda Morais in the final of the 68 kg women’s category.
7. Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye
Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye added Nigeria’s gold medal by winning on Friday 5th
Adekuoroye, 28, defeated her Indian opponent Anshu Malik in the 57 kg freestyle category.
Dis na Adekuoroye third field of the Commonwealth Games
She is a two-time reigning Commonwealth Games champion and reigning African champion.
8. Miserable Mercy Genesis
Miesinnei Mercy Genesis of Nigeria takes the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games Women’s 50kg Freestyle on Saturday 6th August 2022.
Genesis is 24 years old and defeats Canadian wrestler Parks Madison to win a medal.
On Saturday night she wins this duel for the Coventry Arena.
9. Eucharia Njideka Iyazi
Eucharia Njideka Iyazi Receives Gold Medal in Women’s F55-57 Shot Put – Final for Birmingham on Saturday 6th August 2022
The 48-year-old wins with a throw of 10.03 m.
Tobi Amusan is world hurdles champion and wins gold for the women’s 100-meter hurdles – final Sunday, August 7, 2022
Amusan will be 25 years old, time of 12.30 for the final at the Alexander Stadium to successfully defend her title at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
11. Tobi, Favour, Rosemary and Nzubechi4 x 100m relay
Four Nigerian female athletes, Tobi Amusan, Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha will help di kontri, Sunday 7th
Amusan started the race with a brilliant first half before handing over to Ofili who ensured Nigeria maintained the lead before handing the baton to Chukwuma.
Chukwuma passed the baton to reigning Nigerian 100m queen Nwokocha.
Nwokocha maintains her lead in first place despite Britain’s anchor Darly Neita threatening to take home Nigeria’s first women’s relay gold.
Grace Nwokocha told the BBC the team was disappointed not to have won a World Athletics Championships medal for Orgeon and victory for Birmingham na Relief.
“It’s good to come up here, do our race and make the most of it. And that’s what we always set out to do. And we are satisfied with what we have achieved today.”
“We all work together, our age doesn’t matter, and we just want to work together, to bring out the best in ourselves,” Nwokocha said.
Ese Brume breaks Commonwealth Games record in long jump to win gold for Nigeria.
Brume wey is 26 years old and wins the women’s long jump final on Sunday 7th August 2020 to reclaim her Commonwealth Games title for the long jump with a record 7 metres.
She says say BBC; “That’s one thing I really want. I like it, I want to get the game record and I’m going hard for it. And I keep praying and believing.”
Nigeria’s Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare thanked Ese Brume for making the country proud.
Praise the governor for the state Ese Brume is from for making history and making Nigeria proud.
Ifeanyi Okowa writes for me on Twitter says;
“A big jump in the history books for our daughter Ese Brume, we just broke the Commonwealth Games long jump record. This is a fantastic day for Nigerian sport as a whole!”
Oda Nigerian men and women also fail to win silver and bronze for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.