Nigeria at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Nigeria at the
2008 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Nigeria.svg
IPC code NGR
NPC Nigeria Paralympic Committee
in Beijing
Competitors 28 in 4 sports
Ranked 30th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
4 4 1 9
Officials 14
Summer Paralympics appearances

Nigeria sent a delegation to compete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China.[1] The country was represented by 28 athletes competing in four sports: powerlifting, table tennis, wheelchair tennis and track and field.[2] The Nigerian team included eight powerlifters.[3]


In many parts of Black Africa, people who have disabilities that include insanity, and physical disabilities such as impairments and deformities often face cultural barriers to participation because of attitudes related to their disabilities. These include beliefs that they acquired their disabilities because their parents were witches or they are wizards. Their disability is often seen as a result of a personal failing on their part. As such, there is often tremendous cultural pressure for people with physical disabilities to remain hidden and out of the public eye. In many places, they are perceived to be monsters in need of healing.[4] This is the context to which Nigerian Paralympians engage both society and sport internally, in their own country.[5]


The Nigerian Paralympic delegation left the Games having won more medals than their Olympic counterparts.[6]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Iyiazi, Eucharia NjidekaEucharia Njideka Iyiazi Athletics Women's discus throw F57/58
 Gold Iyiazi, Eucharia NjidekaEucharia Njideka Iyiazi Athletics Women's shot put F57/58
 Gold Ejike, Lucy OgechukwuLucy Ogechukwu Ejike Powerlifting Women's 48 kg
 Gold Ishaku, RuelRuel Ishaku Powerlifting Men's 48 kg
 Silver Adesoji, AdekunleAdekunle Adesoji Athletics Men's 100 m T12
 Silver Aligekwe, Obioma DalethObioma Daleth Aligekwe Powerlifting Men's 100 kg
 Silver Anozie, Grace EbereGrace Ebere Anozie Powerlifting Women's +82.5 kg
 Silver Nneji, Amoge VictoriaAmoge Victoria Nneji Powerlifting Women's 67.5 kg
 Bronze Igbiti, Patience AghimilePatience Aghimile Igbiti Powerlifting Women's 60 kg


  • 11 representatives


Athlete Event Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3 Rank
Ruel Isiaku −48 kg
Solomon Amarakwu −90 kg
Obioma Alegakwue −100 kg

Lucy Ejike competed in the women's under 48 event, setting a pair of world records in the process of winning gold.[6] One of her world record lifts was 130 kg.[7]

Athlete Event Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3 Rank
Lucy Ejike −48 kg
Patience Igbiti −60 kg
Victoria Nneji −67.5 kg
Kikelomo Ogunbamiwo −82.5 kg
Grace Alozie +82.5 kg

Table tennis[edit]

Nigeria was represented in table tennis by Segun Toriola. These were Toriola's fifth Paralympic Games.[8]

Wheelchair tennis[edit]

The Nigerian wheelchair tennis team consisted of a single competitor, 19-year-old Wasiu Yusuf.[9][10] Yusuf qualified for the Games through a wildcard awarded to him for winning the ITF Silver Fund Cup for Africa in October 2007.[11] He participated in the men's singles event in Beijing and was knocked out in the first round by a loss to Stefan Olsson of Sweden.[10]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Wasiu Yusuf Men's singles  Olsson (SWE)
L 2–6, 1–6
Did not advance

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Paralympic Games team in Beijing", Chronicle, September 1, 2008
  2. ^ "Nigeria's Paralympic athletes leave for training tour in South Korea", Xinhua, August 20, 2008
  3. ^ "Nigerian power lifters aims to set world record at Beijing Paralympics". Xinhua News Agency. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Keith; Schantz, Otto J.; Schantz, Otto (2008-01-01). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. ISBN 9781841262659. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Gareth Martin and Banks, Tim (2013). ''We Aren't Racing a Fair Race': Rawls, Sen, and the Paralympic Games'. Sociological Research Online 18(3)14 <
  6. ^ a b "Nigeria's Nollywood winner and other Paralympic surprises". BBC News. 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Other sport... | Paralympics | Paralympics day four photos". Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  8. ^ Africa's record Olympian: How I made it to seven games, BBC, August 12, 2016, retrieved October 25, 2016 
  9. ^ Nigeria at the 2008 - Beijing Paralympics on
  10. ^ a b "To Africans, a wheelchair is the biggest hurdle". Reuters. 8 September 2008. Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  11. ^ Konstantinova, Kameliya (5 November 2007). "Cruyff Foundation Silver Fund Cup for Africa". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2009-01-08.