Chioma Ajunwa, Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist, has received a three-bedroom flat that was promised to her 25 years ago by the Lagos State Government.
The house was awarded by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, who made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. The three-bedroom flat is located at the Babatunde Raji Fashola Housing Estate, Iponri.
“It could have been delayed for 25 years, but today she will be the owner of a three bedroom flat in Lagos at the famous Babatunde Raji Fashola housing estate in Iponri,” Sanwo-Olu said as he presented the keys to an ecstatic Ajunwa.
“Indeed it could have taken 25 years to keep that promise, but today it’s promised as is deserving. These are the keys to your flat.”
Chioma who is currently an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was interviewed on ‘The Chat’, a Channels Television programme, where she revealed that the house promised to her by Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the then military administrator of Lagos State, was never given to her because she is not a Lagosian.
Ajunwa won a gold medal at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics for long jump, making her the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.
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