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A hero (male) or heroine  (female) is a person who has done something great or remarkable that makes people to admire him or her. Nigerian sportsman and women have put Nigeria’s name in the record books as a sporting nation. Similarly, several people have excelled in physical and health education and made the country proud.

The following people have contributed to the development of sports and the nation at large:

  1. Harding J. Ekperigin ( Father of physical Education in Nigeria)
  2. Samuel Okwaraji

3.Falilat Ogunkoya

  1. Mary Onyali Omagbemi
  2. Patrick Oluwasegun Odegbami
  3. Mr. Richard ihetu (dick tiger)
  4. Teslim Balogun
  5. Christian Chukwu
  6. Chidima Anyway
  7. Modupe Oshikoya
  8. Stephen Meaning

12 Austin Okocha

13 Nwankwo Many

  1. Jerry okorodudu
  2. Nojim Mayegun


(A) Contributions of Harding J. Ekperigin to Nigeria

He is popularly reffered to as the father of physical Education in Nigeria.

  1. He formed the Central committee of Amateur athletics Association in 1944
  2. He encouraged the formation of a professional organization for physical and health education in 1961.


(B) Samuel Okwaraji

  1. He won silver medal at the 1988 African nations cup for Nigeria
  2. He had a career in Europe which included playing for (As) Roma, Nk Dinamo Zagreb, VFB Stuttgart and SSV ULM


(C) Falilat Ogunkoya

  1. Gold medals at the national championships
  2. 1996 (400m)
  3. 1998 (200m)
  4. 1999 (400m)
  5. 2001 (400m)
  6. Bronze medal at Atlanta 1996
  8. She was the fastest woman in Africa for many years

She has won the following :

Bronze medals

  1. 1992 summer Olympic (4 by 400m relay race)

2.’1996 summer Olympic 200metres

  1. 1996 Common wealth games
  2. E) Olumide Oyedele

He played professional basketball in the NBA. He has played  for C.B. Granada basketball club in Spain

(G) Nojim Mayegun

He is a retired boxer who won bronze medal in the men’s light middlewight (71kg) category at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo,Japan.

(H) Nwankwo Kanu

He was a me member of the triumphant Golden Eaglet in Japan 1993 under 17 world cup

He was part of the team that won gold medals for Nigeria at  Atlanta 1996 Olympic in the soccer event.



  1. List five Nigerian heroes and heroines excluding those listed above and state two of their Contributions to the Nigerian sports development

See also

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