Josiah Majekodunmi

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Josiah Majekodunmi
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Nigeria
British Empire Games
Silver medal – second place Auckland 1950 High Jump

Josiah Olutunji Majekodunmi (April 12, 1927 – October 9, 1996) was an athlete from Nigeria.

He competed at the 1950 British Empire Games at Auckland, New Zealand where he won Nigeria's first medal in any international sports, a silver medal in the Men's High Jump event.[1][self-published source][2]

Prior to the Commonwealth games, he captained Abeokuta Grammar School Athletics team to win the prestigious Grier Cup for Nigerian high schools in 1947 for the first and the last time. Majekodunmi placed 9th in the high jump event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.[3] He was also the father of Miss Olawunmi Majekodunmi, the African Table Tennis champion for most of the 1970s and 1980s.


  1. ^ Dr. Akinniyi Savage (2010). LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WESTERN NIGERIA: ABEOKUTA, 1830-1952.: A CASE STUDY OF EXEMPLARY INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 978-1-469-1169-38. 
  2. ^ Brian Oliver. "The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories behind the Medals". A&C Black, 2014. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-472-9084-38. 
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Josia Majekodummi Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 27 December 2017.