Ese Brume is a Nigerian athlete who specializes in the long jump. She is a three-time African senior champion in the long Jump and holds a personal best of 7.17m. She is the African junior record holder in the event and also a five-time African junior champion in athletics. Nigeria won its first medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics when Ese won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump event.
Blessing Okagbare-Otegheri is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 meters. She also holds the Women’s 100 meters Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds.
Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru is a Nigerian track and field sprinter specializing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. He holds personal bests of 9.86 seconds for the 100 m and 19.73 seconds for the 200 m. He was a twice-champion at the African Youth Athletics Championships, a five-time African Junior Champion in the sprints and the 200 m silver medallist at the 2014 World Junior Championships. He also won a 200 m silver medal at the 2015 African Games.
Stephanie Ogechukwu Onusiriuka
Stephanie Ogechukwu Onusiriuka started Gymnastics on her own when she was two years old, her parents discovered her talent and decided to help her achieve her chosen career, she started professionally in October 2018 with TIG Gymnastics at the National Stadium Parking B, Abuja. Her Coach Anthony Asuquo discovered she is gifted and has the zeal and passion for the sport. She participated in the African Gymnastics Championship in Pretoria South Africa 2019, where she won a Gold Medal. Stephanie’s aim is to represent Nigeria at the Olympics and other Major Gymnastics Championship.
Thirteen-year-old Essien, who picked up her first golf club when she was five years old. Is described as Nigeria’s top junior golfer, with 17 medals and 11 international tournaments under her belt. Most recently, Iyene took 10th place at the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship, where she was the only teen player out of 177 golfers. She hopes to win Nigeria’s first gold medal in golf at the upcoming 2022 Summer Youth Olympics.
Precious Ezinna Achiuwa is a Nigerian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Memphis Tigers. He finished his high school career at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida and was a consensus five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American. The 21-year-old has been hailed for the sterling displays that has seen him secure an inclusion in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
Chukwuma Julian “Chuma” Okeke is an Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The power forward played college basketball for the Auburn Tigers before being drafted 16th overall in the 2019 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic.
Stephanie Ogechukwu Onusiriuka
Ahmed Musa: Ahmed Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward and left winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Fatih Karagümrük and the Nigeria national team. Musa became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ezinne Kalu is an American-born Nigerian basketball player for Landerneau BB and the Nigerian national team. Kalu played for the Nigerian national team at the 2016 FIBA women’s Olympic qualifying tournament. She participated in the 2017 Women’s Afrobasket, where she averaged 12 pts, 3 assists per game. The team won the tournament. Kalu participated in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain for the Nigerian national basketball team. She averaged 10.6 points, 3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game during the tournament. Kalu then participated in the 2019 Women’s Afrobasket where she was named Most Valuable player of the tournament. She averaged 14 points and 3 assists during the tournament.
Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team. Ndidi is known for his defensive prowess and long range strikes.
The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in men’s international football. Governed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), they are three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, with their most recent title in 2013. In April 1994, the Nigerian national football team was ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings, the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African football team. Throughout history, the team has qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cups (as of 2018), missing only the 2006 edition and reaching the round of 16 on three occasions. Their first World Cup appearance was the 1994 edition. The team represents FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The Nigeria national women’s football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons, represents Nigeria in international women’s football. The team is by far Africa’s most successful international women’s football team winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final. The team is also the only women’s national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics. They are also one of the few teams in the world to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.
The Nigeria national basketball team represents Nigeria in men’s international basketball. In March 2021, the global governing body FIBA ranked Nigeria as Africa’s top men’s basketball nation. After the 2016 Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament in Rio, Nigeria was ranked 16th in the FIBA World Rankings, making them the top climber in FIBA rankings from 2015. Nigeria is the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This was accomplished at the 2012 Event when Nigeria beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece. In 2015, Nigeria won its first crown as basketball champion of Africa.
Ugwunnaya Chiedozie Erondu
11-year-old Ugwunnaya Chiedozie Erondu popularly called Doodo sports is a staunch Manchester United Fan who won himself into the heart of many Nigerians for skilfully engaging his strong analytical and communication prowess in Sports especially Football. Doodo is not only skilled with analysing sports but exceptionally Tech Savvy. Due to his strong passion for Science, Erondu wants to explore the Aeronautical engineering field because of his attraction to the designs/ manufacturing of flight capable machines & the techniques of operating them.
Larry Izamoje pioneered sports radio in Nigeria by founding sports radio Brila FM 88.9 in 2002. The radio station currently has branches in Lagos, Abuja, Onitsha, and Kaduna and continues to expand.
According to Digital Sports Africa, Emeka Enyadike is one of the most trusted voices regarding African football. He is also the co-founder of Digital Sports Africa, a leading platform for digital sports research and analytics. As the Africa Football Manager for SuperSport.com at DStv Online, DStv digital Media and SuperSport, he led the expansion of various digital footprints across Africa such as launching digital platforms for SuperSport’s partners and creating the first pidgin English news platform, the SuperSport Naija football website among other numerous works.
Stephen Keshi was a Nigerian football defender and manager. As a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006.He later coached the Nigerian team, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach. He died on 7 June 2016.
The Super Falcons legend set the record as the only woman to have won the Africa Women Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach. After winning four continental titles as captain of the Super Falcons, Omagbemi led Nigeria to their eighth triumph in the Women’s Championship back in 2016. She was shortlisted for the Best Fifa Women’s Coach in 2017, and was recognised as one of the three best coaches in Africa at the 2016 CAF Awards.
Despite his recent ban from football-related activities, Siasia earned himself a spot in the elite list with his success at the Olympics. The 52-year-old made up for his failure to lead the Super Eagles to 2012 Afcon by securing a second-place finish with the Dream Team VI at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The success in Brazil secured his second Olympics medal having previously guided the country to win silver at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing.
Ahmed Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward and left winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Fatih Karagümrük and the Nigeria national team. Musa became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Popularly known as Kanu or Papilo, Nwankwo Kanu is a retired Nigerian footballer that was known for his skills and goal scoring instinct. He was born on the 1st of August, 1976 in Abia state. He played as a forward and featured for the likes of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Dutch side Ajax, Inter Milan of Italy, and English clubs Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth. Kanu won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others. He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. Kanu is regarded as one of the best players in African football history.
Austin “Jay-Jay” Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly called is another top Nigerian footballer of all time. Prior to his retirement, he featured as an attacking midfielder and he was known for his confidence with the ball, technique, creativity, and dribbling skills, as well as his use of feints, in particular the stepover. Due to his skill, he was described as being ‘so good that they named him twice’ (a line immortalised in a terrace chant while Okocha played for Bolton Wanderers).