Today is International women’s Day here at KOKO our sport team has made a list of some of many Nigerian female gladiator who has at one point made the country proud internationally, here is our list for 2019:
- The Nigerian Ice Ladies:
The are the revelation of 2018 in Nigerian sports following their performance at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Simidele Adeagbo made history as the first African or Black woman taking part in the Skeleton sport at the 2018 Winter Olympics. While Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, and Seun Adigun who also participated in the Bobsled event winter Olympic games. Their exploits of flying the Nigerian flag at the international event is a breakthrough has brought a positive light to Nigerian sports in 2018.
- Asisat Oshoala: Asisat Oshoala has become a global icon for Nigerian football and rightly so after her exploits in recent years. In 2018, Asisat retaining her title as the African Women’s Footballer of the Year despite the Super Falcons of Nigeria not playing so many games at the start of the year.
She, however, played a crucial role as Dalian Quanjian. Oshoala contributed 10 goals for her team and was the second top scorer in the league. She did not rest on her laurels and joined up with the Super Falcons for the. Oshoala was again the star scoring three goals as the Super Falcons reclaimed their title and qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in France. Asisat was undisputedly the star player for the team that brought the continental trophy to Nigeria and is deservedly among the top sportswomen for 2018.
- Blessing Okagbare: Okagbare is no doubt Nigeria’s queen of the tracks. The African 100m record holder has been Nigeria’s most consistent athlete since winning a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event at the Beijing Olympics, eight years ago, as a 19-year-old. Even though the multi-talented athlete has had her fair share of controversies with AFN officials and the media, she remains the fans favourite and the hope of a medal for the country at major global athletics championships. Okagbare won gold in the 100m and 200m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, becoming the fourth woman ever to achieve the feat. Her 10.85secs effort also saw her breaking Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie’s 12-year record of 10.91secs. She’s married to ex-footballer, Igho Otegheri.
- Faith Ikidi:
Super Falcons defender Faith Michael Ikidi has been a great ambassador for Nigerian sports and football at large. At 31-years-old, Ikidi is still doing very well for herself for the national team and the international team. She had another incredible season in one of Europe’s top in the Sweden with Pitea IF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She won the league title again with Pitea IF an was ranked by the CIES as one of the most outstanding defenders in women’s football. She went on top for a good defensive partnership with Osinachi Ohale as the Super Falcons claimed the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
- Esther Oyema: Esther Oyema has once again made the best of 2018 despite her disability and numerous challenges she has faced. The Powerlifter made her best appearance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she won the gold medal. She won a gold medal in the previous games in 2014 and set a world record lifting 126kg, she, however, broke that record in 2018 by lifting 131 kg. Over the years, Oyema has been a consistent performer and whenever representing Nigeria always gives her all. More should be done to encourage disabled athletes, but Oyema has played a pivotal role in bringing powerlifting to the consciousness of Nigerians and is a deserved inclusion in the list.
- Evelyn Akhator: Evelyn Akhator led the reigning African champions at the world stage to an unprecedented eight placed finish. Nigeria won three games in the tournament held in Tenerife Spain and was the top performer for Otis Hughley’s side. Before the world cup in 2018, no African country had won a game on the world stage and thanks to Akhator leading her teammates Nigeria set an African record of winning three games.Photo Credit: Getty