We are rooting for these Nigerian women athletes at the 2024 Olympics!

We are rooting for these Nigerian women athletes at the 2024 Olympics!

With less than three months away from the opening ceremony of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, we couldn’t be less excited about the women representing Nigeria! From our football players (the Super Falcons) to our formidable track and field athletes, the Guardian Woman team put together a list of some of the women we are excited to watch in action during the festival:

Tobi Amusan, Track and Field Athlete (Hurdles)

Oluwatobiloba Ayomide ‘Tobi’ Amusan is a world record holder, world champion, three-time Diamond League Final Winner, and came fourth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the time of writing, she is ranked second in the world for the women’s 100m hurdles and holds the world record with a time of 12.12 seconds, set in the 2022 women’s 100-metre hurdles semi-final in Eugene, Oregon. In doing so, Tobi became the first Nigerian world champion and world record holder in an athletics event.

Amusan was born on April 23, 1997, in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, and is the youngest of three children. From a young age, she excelled in athletics, claiming her first gold at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa. The same year, she won gold at her first All-Africa Games as an 18-year-old.

Alongside the 100-metre hurdles, Tobi also competes in the 4 x 100-metre relay, a pursuit the Nigerian team won at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Neku Atawodi-Edun, the First Black Female Professional Polo Player

NEKU Atawodi-Edun’s achievements are remarkable, especially set against the male-dominated world of polo. From an early age, she was determined to play polo; it was always a passion, and she worked from a stable hand to become the world’s first black female professional polo player. It’s a sport she excels in, but alongside her sporting career, she is an entrepreneur, sports scientist, and philanthropist, setting up an organization that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds find opportunities through equestrianism.

Atawodi-Edun was born in 1987 in Benue and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria, and the UK. She started getting involved in the Kaduna Polo Club, one of the oldest in Nigeria. Still fascinated by horses, she also earned a BSc in Equestrian Science at the University of Brighton. During her professional polo career, she played in more than 22 cities and won cups in Argentina and the US. She also organised the first-ever female tournament to be held in West Africa, back at the Kaduna Polo Club, in 2008. Today, Neku is the Sports Ambassador for Access Bank PLC. She is also the founder of Ride to Shine, a self-funded, non-profit organisation that teaches young children about equestrian sports.

Asisat Lamina Oshoala, Footballer for NWSL Club Bay FC

ASISAT Lamina Oshoala is one of the most striking figures in women’s football across the globe, with her striking pink hair and exuberant style on the pitch. She is regarded as one of the best female football players of all time and the greatest African female player, having won the African Women’s Footballer of the Year a record six times. Her stellar club career has seen signings for Liverpool, Arsenal, FC Barcelona Femení, and, since February 2024, Bay FC based in San Francisco. She also plays for the Nigerian national female team, the Super Falcons, and was part of the winning African Women’s Championship team in 2016 and 2018.

In 2019, Asisat launched the Asisat Oshoala Foundation as a ‘vehicle to impact and inspire young girls and women to be their best expressions, in sports and other areas of endeavor.’ This later led to the foundation of the Asisat Oshoala Academy in partnership with Women Win of Germany and Nike Inc. of the USA. The academy is designed to ‘provide access to football and lifeskills for marginalised schoolgirls in Nigeria and the rest of the African continent’. It provides girls aged 12-18 with football training three times a week and life skills education.

Ese Brume, Track and Field Athlete (Long Jump)

Excelling in the discipline of the long jump, Ese is the current holder of the Commonwealth Games record, a World Championship silver medalist, an Olympic Games bronze medalist, and the current African record holder. In the rankings of February 2024, she is in fourth place for the women’s long jump. Ese is known on the circuit for her big jumps and even bigger smiles. Her personal best is an astonishing 7.17 meters, at Chula Vista, California, in 2021, and she was the first African woman to jump beyond seven meters.

Brume was born in Ughelli, Delta State, on January 20, 1996, and excelled in the long jump from a young age, competing in the triple jump and 4 x 100 relay. In 2014, she won gold at the Commonwealth Games and dedicated her win to Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta State’s governor, who invested in track and field support.

“I want to make young girls believe that all things are possible. You know they can do exactly or even better than what I’m doing right now. I’m not a super girl from one unique place. No, I’m a local girl from Ughelli. So if this local girl can do it, can come this far from nothing to become something, then you also can do it.”
Ese Brume via Olympics.com

Chiamaka Nnadozie, Super Falcons Goalkeeper

Chiamaka Nnadozie is one of the youngest women nominated in this award category, at just 23. But in those short years, she’s risen to become one of the most famous female football players from Nigeria, impressing with her goalkeeping performances for the Super Falcons and becoming the team’s trusted captain. Chiamaka’s day job is goalkeeping duties for Paris FC, in the French Division 1 Féminine. She is generally regarded as one of the best female goalkeepers in the world.

Nnadozie was born on December 20, 2000, in Imo State, Nigeria. Standing at 1.80 meters, perhaps goalkeeping was somewhat inevitable, but she started as a striker. It was her dedication from an early age, however, that led her to be world-class in goalkeeping and her personality now sees her as captain of the Super Falcons.

She started her career at the Rivers Angels in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, winning the NWPL league with them in the 2019–2020 season. She then signed with Paris FC at the beginning of 2020. In 2023, Chiamaka played in her second World Cup finals at 22. At her first tournament, she became the youngest goalkeeper in Women’s World Cup history to keep a clean sheet.



  • ChiAmaka Dike

    Chiamaka is the Features Editor at Marie Claire Nigeria. She is a woman who is passionate about God, women, and top-notch storytelling in all formats. Send all feature pitches her way - chiamaka@marieclaire.ng

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